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Go Back Home, A. McDonald, A. Einhorn (Nonesuch, 2013)
I begin at the end of this concert, because it was there and only there that McDonald set aside the microphone she had used all evening, for her two encores -- Summertime from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and Harold Arlen's Somewhere over the Rainbow. Both are American classics, both are probably too familiar from too many performances, and yet she sang both beautifully and with touches that were entirely hers. The Coolidge Auditorium, where this concert took place, is one of the most flattering acoustics in the city, and it always feels somewhat like sacrilege to use amplification in that space, but such are the conventions of McDonald's chosen genre.
Jason Victor Serinus, Audra McDonald Conquers Again (San Francisco Classical Voice, January 18)