Galuppi is a composer just crying out for a major revival. When Dr. Burney interviewed him in 1771 he was reckoned to be one of the two or three greatest living composers, and when you listen to this disc, you can understand why! Catherine King is perfect for these arias, primarily written for a castrato. She certainly has an amazing vocal range!
The aria 'Di madre ai cari amplessi' with the very original muted trumpet sounds is an excellent example of Galuppi's creative use of instrumentation; in this, he betters most of his Italian contemporaries, probably because he was a keyboard man, and not a violinist composer. He loved varied orchestral colour. By the way, he wasn't just a baroque composer who adapted to the new pre-classical style, as some have said, he was one of its most significant creators! He influenced composers all over Europe from Thomas Arne in Britain to Mozart himself.
Full marks should also be awarded to the instrumentalists here, who are exceptionally talented, with just the right amount of improvisation. Bravissimo, Maestro Galuppi!