V1835. GRÉ BROUWENSTIJN, w.van Otterloo Cond. Hague Phil.: Ah! Perfido! (Beethoven); Der Freischütz – Wie nachte mir der Schlummer . . . Leise, leise, fromme Weise; w.Moralt Cond. Vienna S.O.: Arias from Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Der Fliegende Holländer, Forza, Il Trovatore & Don Carlos. (E.U.) Newton Classics 8802061, recorded 1954 & 1956. - 8718247710614
”The Dutch soprano Gré Brouwenstijn was one of those singers whom audiences and record collectors truly seemed to love. I hope Newton’s reissue of an old Philips recital will win her some new fans. She seemed personally involved in everything she did….The arias here allow her to return repeatedly to the warmest, loveliest part of her voice, and the Tannhäuser and Lohengrin excepts are about as beautiful as you’ll ever hear. The Verdi arias are also stunning.”
- Ralph V. Lucano, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Sept./Oct., 2011
“The Dutch soprano Gré Brouwenstijn has long been held in the highest esteem within her own country, and within a circle of vocal connoisseurs, for the fearless vibrancy of her approach to the great hochdramatisch soprano rôles, without ever compromising the standards and ideals of vocal beauty: hers is a voice of great strength and flexibility, fully able to meet the challenge of projecting both the scale and drama of Wagner’s heroines while also inhabiting their more intimate confessions. Brouwenstijn made precious few recordings – most of what is left to us now derives from private tapes or radio archives of live performances – but this compilation of two studio sessions (from 1954 and 1956) catches her in her vocal prime. The big numbers from Wagner’s early dramas (Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Der Fliegende Holländer) are included, as well as Wagner’s own leaping-off points in Beethoven (‘Ah, perfido!’) and Weber (Der Freischütz). To finish, there’s a selection of mature Verdi, including ‘Tu che la vanità’ (Don Carlo) and ‘Pace, pace, mio Dio!’ (La forza del destino). This is an unmissable release for anyone in love with the art of the soprano voice.
Includes appreciation of Brouwenstijn by the writer and opera director Mike Ashman.”
- Z. D. Akron