Chen Reiss s debut album 'Liaisons' was internationally acclaimed for both the repertoire selection and the sheer brilliance of the musicianship displayed by Reiss. Gramophone magazine called her performances of arias by Haydn, Mozart, Salieri and Cimarosa "standard-setting" and BBC Music magazine called it "top-drawer". For her second ONYX CD Chen Reiss and pianist Charles Spencer have assembled a wonderful collection of songs on the subject of 'The Nightingale and the Rose' songs that convey the magic of being in love, the heartbreak of love lost, the memories, the fun, the fantasies all associated with that strange, mysterious, dangerous and all-powerful condition love. In repertoire that ranges from Purcell to Krenek, Hahn to Meyerbeer and Rimsky-Korsakov, and ends in Berkeley Square in London, this is a programme tailor-made for Chen Reiss s remarkable voice and it will seduce you. Chen Reiss performs extensively throughout Germany and Austria, and makes her UK debut on 1 December in Mahler s 2nd Symphony with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jirí Behlohlávek in London. She will appear with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra this season, and has leading roles at the Vienna Staatsoper in Donizetti and Mozart productions. Chen will also perform at the Vatican in a concert of sacred music by Mozart.
**** perf / **** rec It is a measure of her gifts that Chen Reiss takes all these composers in her stride. That vocal stride is impressive ... Reiss is mistress of her material and its changing moods ... Charles Spencer is ever the perfect partner. --Christopher Cook, BBC Music Magazine, April 2013