A well judged and beautifully sung recital disc. Whilst the new generation of countertenors continue to mine the previously unsung work of Porpora, Vinci, Leo and others, it is always salutary for one brave singer to tackle Handel once again. Sabata has an expressive dark tone to his voice (reminiscent of early David Daniels), impressive control and less of the tendency to go a little over the top at the top end of his range than some of his fellow countertenors. I especially enjoyed Sabata tackling the contralto role of Polinesso from Ariodante; ever since hearing Ewa Podles' ferociously sung Polinesso in Minkowski's production of the opera I have wanted a countertenor to take this role on disc. Sabata is not as frightening as Podles, but he expertly brings out the sense of menace in the arias. The arias from Ottone and Teseo are rarely heard, so Sabata's disc is a welcome addition to Cencic, Mehta and Daniels' great discs of Handel opera arias. And, not the least, Minasi and Il Pomo d'Oro support Sabata as delicately and precisely as they supported Cencic on his great Venezia disc.