5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous music understatedly sung and lacking drama,
This review is from: Patrizia Ciofi & Joyce DiDonato ~ Amor e gelosia (Handel Operatic Duets) (Audio CD)
The duets that comprise this compilation are for the most part ravishing musical works. Here they are presented in a chamber music fashion (one instrument to a part) and sung in a most understated way, creating an intimate refined atmosphere but not of operatic or dramatic quality. The virtue of this recording is that the singing is technically fine but taken out of context and performed on such a small scale, these pieces, whose stunning quality shines out when heard on the stage, here out of context and intimately sung, lose their dramatic power and emotional impact. So they seem to be just one lovely melody after another finely made but not very moving emotionally. Many of the duets are from seldom performed Handel operas and this is a positive aspect of this disc.