I have to especially comment upon Popp's rendition of Mozart's famous motet "Exsultate, jubilate." I was actually very MOVED -- I know the piece is in turn peacefully and innocently joyous, but I was really MOVED, almost to tears. Amazing. One hardly needs to listen to other recorded versions by all those chirpy light sopranos. Listen to Popp -- one graceful but far from aloof or condescending, agile and bright in timbre but also substantial.
There must be a heaven, since Popp is a more than first-rate angel. "Angel/angelic" are terms much abused, but here... one has to amaze at the absolute perfection in every turn of phrases, the taut legato lines, and beautifully placed notes with all the rounded shine of them. I tend to think that one should be grateful that we were given a Mozart, and today I have to say we ought also to be grateful for a Popp.
[To be sure, the orchestra accompaniment is rather old-fashioned, but that shouldn't distract the pleasure.]
As for other pieces, Popp doesn't necessarily enlighten as much in them, but her performance is never less than superb. Her sincerity and love for music are everwhere apparent. It's nice that Popp tackles the two donnas' arias from DON GIOVANNI. She's probably more of an Anna instead of an Elvira, whose aria taxes her somewhat on high and requires a deeper kind of sorrow. Still, all in all this is a great CD indeed, and no music lover should deprive him-/herself of this most treasurable and enjoyable experience.