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on 29 August 2010
Despite his numerous recordings, there are still some real gems here which don't feature in his other compilation works. The CD is worth it for "Verdi Prati" alone, though I try not to listen to it too often as I can't concentrate for hours afterwards. Yes, it's well known and has been sung and recorded by scores of other singers, in a variety of voices, but absolutely no-one (not even the magnificent Sarah Connolly) can come close to Andreas Scholl's version, which simply penetrates your mind, body and soul.
Oh, and there's some pretty decent other arias too! "Se in fiorito" is very sprightly, but it's worth getting hold of the DVD of the 2005 Copenhagen opera production to see it performed with the stunning Finnish violinist of Concerto Copenhagen .... it is 8 minutes of sheer magic (actually, the entire DVD of that production is just outstanding, including the other aria on this CD).
I'm forced to agree with the earlier reviewer that there is rather more orchestral music than might have been anticipated, but the Akademie are always worth hearing and there are a few surprises which would have passed me by otherwise. Besides, it really doesn't matter... when you listen to the arias nothing else much matters.