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Dame Emma Kirkby - Handel Opera Arias Box set, Original recording reissued

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1. Opera Arias - 54 tracks on 3 CDs - George Frideric Handel

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Emma Kirkby, soprano - Catherine Bott, soprano - The Brandeburg Consort - Roy Goodman, direction

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Exceptionally lovely set 13 Feb. 2014
By 3rd Day Believer - Published on Amazon.com
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Even at full Amazon price this is an excellent value. These are Hyperion recordings, which in my experience are nicely engineered. The aria tests the upper bounds of even a relatively fine vintage system like my own, and there's no penetrating harshness here at all, either in the voice or in the mastering. Kirkby is a justly celebrated vocalist, and if you seek a collection of Handel arias brought vividly to life, with beautifully shaped interpretation, and what seems to me a well-judged evasion of the merely technical, you can't beat this. Highly recommended.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Sampler, Excellently Sung 29 April 2013
By J. Cyphers - Published on Amazon.com
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This three-disk collection provides a sampler from the whole range of Handel's operatic career (1705-1741). Dame Emma Kirkby is beyond praise; on the second disk she is beautifully matched with Catherine Bott in selections featuring the "rival queens" of the London opera during the 1726-1728 seasons. Ray Goodman and the Brandenburg Consort provide sensitive accompaniment: the delicacy of "V'adoro pupille," Cleopatra's seduction aria from Guilio Cesare is outstanding. I'd also point to the selection from Alcina as a great example of Handel's dramatic writing; it he'd written like this more often, the operas might not have needed revivial.

A few well known arias, such as "Ombra ma fu" won't be found in this set, as they were intended for another (lower) vocal type.
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