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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Flute, 23 Sep 2008
This period instrument Flute is a triumph. William Christie eschews the usual headlong period instrument style for a gentle, almost whistful performance. Some of his speeds are actually quite slow but heaviness is avoided as it is conducted with lightness. The playing is good and so is the recording, with a strong all-round cast. This is probably the period instrument version to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beware the libretto!, 29 July 2003
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This is indeed a wonderful recording. But one of the problems with opera on CD is that voices appear and disappear without much explanation. It is no good looking for enlightenment to the booklet supplied with this recording, which is merely a record of the words sung - characters on the page still appear inexplicably and vanish without trace, and there is no suggestion of where anything is happening. It must have been splendid to be present at the actual performance, but if you do not know this opera well you will need some other source of information if you want to follow the involved story-line. But perhaps you will be content to listen to the glorious sound.
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