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This review is from: The Decca Years 1955-1975 (Audio CD)
Kenneth McKellar's Decca recording of Handel Songs and Arias prompted Sir Adrian Boult, who had conducted the sessions, to describe McKellar as "the best Handel singer of the 20th century". This seminal disc has been unavailable for many years, although several of the arias can be found on this set.
For those who want to hear more, the only available complete version of the original LP comes as part of Disc 3 of Handel: Messiah Arias.
The tracks are:
* Ombra mai fu (Xerse)
* Love in her eyes sits playing (Acis & Galatea)
* Silent worship (Ptolemy)
* Deeper and deeper still/Waft her, angels (Jephtha)
* Where e'er you walk (Semele)
* Thanks to my brethren/How vain is man (Judas Maccabaeus)
* My arms against this gorgias will I go/Sound an alarm (Judas Maccabaeus)
Each track is beautifully - and seemingly effortlessly - performed, and puts many more recent recordings of this repertoire to shame. It is a real treat. Oh - and there's a free recording of Messiah with it! (but not the McKellar/Sutherland/Boult one...)