This is a vocal portrait of the megastar alto castrato Senesino whose singing held European audiences spellbound and earned him an astronomical income. It outlines his career from the first aria (by Lotti) that Handel heard him sing to his last performance, taking in some of his biggest hits from Handel's operas Rinaldo, Giulio Cesare and Rodelinda, and some other previously unrecorded arias by some of the period's best composers. Senesino's tessitura and Scholl's are the same, as far as we know, and all these pieces are tailor-made to show off both singers' talents. It's a wonder that Andreas Scholl has not recorded Cara Sposa before now. His intepretation and use of vocal colour in this track are very affecting, ranging from introverted pain to powerful desperation. The CD includes Aure deh per pieta and Dove Sei, both of which Scholl recorded a few years ago, before (as he says) performing on the opera stage transformed his approach. For anyone who knows his work, the difference is very clear. There is a most wonderful 'shake' (a Senesino trademark) towards the end of Aure deh per pieta. The fast coloratura runs in Stelle Ingrate and Al Lampo dell'armi were written to bring the house down and one can imagine the delight of an audience on hearing these pieces live from Andreas Scholl, given his unmatched vocal agility. One can but guess at the impact of hearing them, newly-minted, from Senesino himself. Andreas Scholl's admirers have waited a long time for this recording and would welcome others like it. There is a huge catalogue of highest-quality Baroque music for the alto voice, eminently suited to Scholl's talents, much of it unrecorded, and one hopes he will get around to documenting more it.