Robert L. Smith

Helpful votes received on reviews: 81% (54 of 67)
Location: York United Kingdom


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Handel: Chandos Anthems ~ George Frideric Handel
Handel: Chandos Anthems ~ George Frideric Handel
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It's been a long wait since the first CD of Chandos Anthems from these forces. Worth the wait - this is a beautiful and spirited series of performances with excellent singing from chorus and soloists - Iestyn Davies in particular.
Handel: Bad Guys - Opera Arias from Amadigi, Ariod&hellip ~ Xavier Sabata
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is a very fine recital of Handel opera arias focussing on villains. Xavier Sabata's attack and ability to sing beautifully are combined to provide a varied and fairly unusual disc. Very few of these arias ("Pena tiranna" excepted) feature on other recital discs. Minasi's direction of Il Pomo D'Oro is thrillingly effective.
There's a curiosity in that the final listed track is followed after a break of about 2 minutes by an unannounced and undocumented encore which is not tracked separately. It's "Sorge nel petto...", Goffredo's Act 3 aria from Rinaldo. Maybe hidden because it hardly fits the "bad guys" theme - Goffredo being one of the good guys from that opera! Beautifully sung… Read more
Handel: Deidamia (De Nedelandse Opera) (Sally Matt&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Sally Matthews
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This opera is one of Handel's least known, and is rarely staged. This David Alden production filmed at the Muziektheater in Amsterdam catches the essentially playful spirit of the music and presents some beautiful stage pictures - especially effective in high definition. There are no weak links in the cast, and Sally Matthews in the title role sings beautifully, her lustrous voice well attuned to baroque style. But all the singing is fine, and the witty production brings out the best in an excellent ensemble performance. This wonderful staging, energetically conducted by Ivor Bolton sheds new and revelatory light on Handel's last opera, and leads me, at least, to think that I have… Read more

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