French and Spanish works form the cornerstone of this remarkably stylish recital from a two-time Grammy winner whose purview spans bel canto to cabaret. Included are Duparc's ecstatic Phidylé, Ravel's sensual Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera, and Falla's Six Popular Spanish Songs. The kicker? John Corigliano's Mr. Tambourine Man: Six Poems of Bob Dylan, written specially for McNair.
"Simply superb…. There is a security of interpretation and a visceral love of the music she sings that makes this disc irresistible. Add to this the bonus of the Corigliano cycle … a real work of substance."—MusicWeb International
"Individual songs or groups of songs are intercut with short, informative and often entertaining interviews…. [Artists] articulate their thoughts on the music they are performing and provide a fascinating glimpse into … programming, performing and the music. Collectively, this series provides a master class on how to put together a recital."—Opera Canada