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Exquisite and revelatory
on 31 March 2008
Trail-blazing counter-tenors, like Andreas Scholl, David Daniels and Robin Blaze, have come to take their rightful place as artistes of equal interest and value to any jet-setting diva. This relative newcomer, Philippe Jaroussky, simply out-classes them all with this truly astonishing disc of Vivaldi rareties. Whether it's his total mastery of the virtuoso pyrotechnics of 'Fra Pocelle' or the almost painful, exquisite rendering of 'Sovente il sole' the sheer beauty of his tone, musical intelligence of his subtle interpretations and technical skill and control are simply beyond compare. He demonstrates an astonishing ease with the most challenging of baroque ornamentation but, unlike many divas, always at the service of the music. Ensemble Matheus and their conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi accompany in a way which also reaches new heights of musical achievement. This is an irresistible disc which is guaranteed to bring hours of endless pleasure.