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Francesco Cavalli Opera Arias
Philippe Jaroussky (counter-tenor)
If Handel’s Xerxes has a showmanship, an aesthetic swagger that Cavalli’s lacks in the lilting prettiness of his own ode to a plane tree, we see the Italian’s skill emerge elsewhere – in the... — More…
Jakub Józef Orliński (countertenor)
Il Pomo d’Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev
It's music by Luca Antonio Predieri (a nearcontemporary of Handel’s) that really hits the mark. Predieri’s gentle lyricism and clean lines suit Orliński’s soft-grained voice well. He’s no convincing... — More…
Mariana Flores (soprano), Anna Reinhold (mezzo)
Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Flores's softer languid singing aptly conveys a nymph's erotic longing for the return of her lover Jupiter…[Isifile's lament] is sequenced next to a vividly dramatic account of her rival Medea's... — More…
Louis XIV 1715-2015 Celebration, Special Edition
Violaine le Chenadec (soprano), Marie-Frédérique Girod (soprano), Caroline Bardot (soprano), Caroline Weynants (soprano), Amandine Trenc (soprano), Caroline Meng (soprano), Lucile Richardot (mezzo-soprano), Dagmar Sasková (mezzo-soprano), Stephanie Leclerc (contralto), Stephen Collardelle (countertenor),...
Some of the music for ‘La Nuit’ is genuinely atmospheric and is sung with sustained tone and exquisite ornamentation by Lucile Richardot … The instrumental accompaniment is unfailingly funny... — More…
Teresa Kubiak (soprano), Ugo Trama (bass), Owen Brannigan (bass), Marjorie Biggar (mezzo-soprano), Peter Gottlieb (baritone), Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), James Bowman (counter-tenor), Hugues Cuénod (tenor), Janet Hughes (soprano), Enid Hartle (mezzo-soprano), Ileana Cotrubas (soprano), Federico...
Leppard conducts a superb cast with Janet Baker in one of her greatest roles as the Goddess Diana, Ileana Cotrubas a touching Calisto and James Bowman in his prime as Endimione. — More…
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
The Sixteen’s complete recording of the Selva morale collection has been praised in these pages, and the qualities of ensemble are certainly worth noting here also. They are heard to best effect... — More…