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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely baroque soprano, 11 Sept. 2014
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Stephen Midgley (Tarbrax, West Calder, UK) - See all my reviews
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Antonio Cesti (1623-69), singer and opera composer of the mid-baroque, was for many years a younger rival to Pier Francesco Cavalli. Cesti's music has been less well served in recordings than that of his great rival until now, so the present disc is a welcome addition to the catalogues. Spanish soprano Raquel Andueza is exceptionally well equipped for the task, with a fabulous voice, spot-on tuning and sounding especially fine in the lower registers, as well as excellent baroque style, diction and expression.

She's accompanied here by a small but very stylish instrumental ensemble, Lagalanía, very ably directed by Fernández Baena, and there's a pleasant feeling of intimacy about both the musical choices and the manner of performance which sets it very much apart from the grand opera manner that was developing during the baroque era. The arias, selected from several of Cesti's operas including L'Argia, Orontea and Il Tito, are interspersed with instrumental Sinfonie, and there are also a couple of chamber cantatas. To pick out just a few highlights, the opening item, 'Alma mia', is a beautiful aria sung and played with grace and feeling; the third, 'Mia pene', shows again what an ear the composer had for a fine melody, and this is followed by 'Vieni Alidoro' (track 4) – a catchy, compelling number over an ostinato bass, beautifully supported by the instrumental ensemble and with Andueza beautifully expressing the opening and closing words of love: 'Vieni, mia vita, vieni'.

'Che mi consigli Amor', from Il Tito (6) brings powerful, profound sincerity and urgency, and 'Intorno all'idol mio' from Orontea (9) is a subdued, subtle and very compelling number. 'Disseratevi abissi', from L'Argia (15) is a highly dramatic, compelling and emotional lament. I was less keen on the two cantatas (7 and 12) but they are certainly effective vehicles for the singer's virtuosity and versatility. Overall, the pleasure of hearing Raquel Andueza's lovely voice and outstanding musical and emotional range is more than enough justification for hearing this fine programme, but Cesti's highly attractive and unfamiliar music makes it even more worthwhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understated and beautiful, 18 Jun. 2014
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This is an unexpectedly lovely album that I have found myself listening to many times since it arrived a few days ago. Performance and repertoire both subtle and varied. Enjoy!
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