on 26 July 2011
The King's Consort at their brilliant best. James Bowman sounds incredible and just about outshines Deborah York until the very last when she delivers the highlight of this recording. All that and Crispian Steele-Perkins weighs in with a virtuoso performance on trumpet. Genius for a fiver :)
Not the most mainstream repertoire (I hadn't come across Hasse before), so a superb addition to any collection of early music. Voice and instrument in perfect harmony, this is as good as it gets.
A reissue of a 1996 release, this is a fabulous programme, beautifully delivered by two top notch singers, the legendary countertenor James Bowman and soprano Deborah York. The sound quality is warm and enveloping, with a good level of bass in the mix which you don't hear very often with these kind of recordings. For me it's a virtually faultless recording. Superb music, and a real bargain of a disc - snap it up!
D. Scarlatti: Salve Regina (Bowman)
A. Scarlatti: Cantata "Su le sponde del Tebro" (York)
Hasse: Salve Regina (Bowman)
A. Scarlatti: Cantata "Infirmata vulnerata" (Bowman)
A. Scarlatti: Cantata "O di Betlemme altera" (York)
The accompanying booklet provides some notes in English, French & German, plus sung texts with English translation.