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What a delicious disc. A lovely programme ranging from Purcell to Cole Porter sung with almost unalloyed purity of tone and clarity of diction. Highlights are a trance-like performance of La Wally's famous aria rising toan unexpectedly passionate climax, a tender performance of Almirena's lament from Rinaldo (Kenny has always been good in eighteenth century music) and a magial account of The faery Song from what was once jocularly known as The Immoral Hour.
Only one real disappointment, The Pearl Fishers duet with a rather stodgy Barry Banks, in which the tension at the top of Kenny's voice is rather unpleasing. This straining at the top seems to be the only weakness in Yvonne Kenny's formidable technical armoury and it needs acknowldeging and then being put to one side as in so many other ways her performnaces here, excellently supported by David Parry, give great pleasure.
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