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This review is from: Drama Queens (Audio CD)
Joyce diDonato presents an interesting collection of opera arias from the early baroque through to the classical period.
She sings every aria with total conviction, getting inside each character through the text and music. I have never heard the recitative to Handel's Piangero performed with such meaning to the text and so beautifully shaped. It is interesting to compare her rendition of Brilla nel alma from Handel's Alessandro with Julia Lezhneva's performance on the recently released complete opera on Decca. Lezhneva is simply breathtaking with her seamless scales while DiDonato shapes her performance, giving real meaning to the text - I love both performances. The two Kaiser arias are quite beautiful and offer a more reflective mood to the quicker arias. DiDonato's recital finishes with a truly venom spitting performance from Haydn's Armida. A lot of thought and preparation has clearly gone in to this recital and you really sense that DiDonato is offering a total commitment to her performances. Alan Curtis too gives us beautifully shaped orchestral accompaniments. I will return to this disc often and I predict a few awards for it in the future.