Although Moeran provided an alternative ending for English Horn, the Ulster Orchestra has made the first recording with the composer’s preferred ending—beautifully sung by soprano Rebekah Coffey—creating an atmosphere of bleak and lonely expanse colored by birdsong. Naxos Review Recording
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Born in Northern Ireland, I graduated from Queen’s University Belfast Bachelor of Music and then from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester with a Postgraduate Vocal Diploma. Since 2002 I have been performing in Operas, Oratorios and Concerts throughout the U.K and Ireland.
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‘Ach, ich fühl’s’ (Pamina’s Act Two lament from The Magic Flute), the other Mozart selection, requires more inwardness and intensity. Although Coffey’s voice is not naturally muscular or aggressive, her upper register surges and expands impressively here, vividly communicating the character’s emotional desolation. Coffey’s is a relatively light, lyrical soprano voice, at times almost soubrettish …