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5.0 out of 5 stars
A magnificent achievement, 23 Dec 2012
Let me tell you straight away that you will be blown away by the quality of singing and playing on offer here. Christopher Purves has been steadily making a real name for himself as a basso supremo, regularly working with the likes of Mackerras and other top conductors. Here he is paired with the charismatic Jonathan Cohen and his superb early music group Arcangelo to perform some of Handel's most magnificent -and difficult - bass arias. If you want to sample one, let it be 'Fra l'ombre e gl'orrori 'from Acis and Galatea, where Handel conjures up the king of the deep by giving the singer a span of nearly three octaves to deal with (yes you read that right) Purves is incredible here, not just how he negotiates this (listen out for an A below bottom C) but the sheer beauty of tone and legato line that he sustains. The accompaniment is wonderful, with a bed of strings and recorders wrapping their own line around the singer. The rest is up to this high standard, with recording to match. A disc of the year for me !