I love Handel and have all his operas (many in several versions) and quite a lot of arias compilations by a wide variety of talented singers, released over the past decades, but very few have given me so much pleasure -and none have I listened to so many times- as this well-thought and exemplary recorded disc. I have always preferred a good contralto or mezzo(like Nathalie Stuzman or Vivica Genaux, to mention just two) in the high-flying and heroic roles Handel wrote for the greatest castrati of the era. All the arias recorded here were created by Senesino, perhaps with Farinelli the biggest star of them all. And, although we cannot know how he sounded, to my ears a good female voice is always more pleasurable in these parts than the uneasy and somehow tricky singing produced by countertenors, even the good ones. But now comes rising-star Bejun Mehta to prove me wrong. Here we have a wonderful and beautiful voice, with effortless coloratura, breathtaking legato and "spìanato" line, that by shading and expressive utterance is able to convey with supreme artistry a whole range of emotions -from desperation and fury to menlancolic longing or extatic joy-, displaying with stunning beauty the darkness and light of these highly demanding arias. The da capo parts are imaginatively embellished, boasting a wide variety of belcanto resources. And if he is good in the high register, he's notably impressive in the low one, exhibiting a skilfull use of the chest (a rarity among countertenors). In fact, you forget quite soon you're listening to a countertenor. This is just a great singer, producing glorious sound and engaging with abandon in all the artifice of the baroque, when the human voice and particularly that of the castrato reigned supreme. A rare treasure. Nobody interested in singing should miss it.