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Two of the Kind Voices,
This review is from: Patrizia Ciofi & Joyce DiDonato ~ Amor e gelosia (Handel Operatic Duets) (Audio CD)
I always thought Patrzia Ciofi one of the most interesting sopranos around, comparing well with the likes of Roberta Invernizzi, Gemma Bertagnoli, Nathalie Dessay and the incomparable Sandrine Piau. Her voice has a deep, soothing quality of the bel canto best; nothing of the panic stricken shrieks of some of today's divas whose superior (and often the only redeemeing) quality is their photogenity. On the other hand, Joyce Di Donato is for me a delightful, and earful surprise never heard of before this record in any serious repertoire. The law of dialectics make these two lovely ladies mesh into a supreme duet of a heavenly quality rarely heard of or heard from. Handal's duets might not be the world's best but you would never know that after hearing Amor e Gelosia. It starts with a caress and ends with a bang as any respectable Baroque recital since now ought to. The playing is exceptional throughout and the fabric of the women's voice woven with such a precision and gusto over and above the instruments that it leaves a precious liitle room for breathing. Absolute triumph.