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Great Handel Gloria, shame about the other pieces
on 27 November 2001
I disagree with the customer from Germany about this recording of the Handel Gloria. Anyone who compares this recording with the Kirkby shouldn't fail to hear more energy and colour in the soloist's voice, as well as infinitely better orchestral playing. There's so much more personality in Keith's voice than in Kirkby's. If you prefer the white, 'early music' sound, then fine, go for the Kirkby, but I'm won over by the more imaginative phrasing and vibrant tone of Gillian Keith. I agree, however, that the Dixit Dominus and the Vivaldi Gloria are given rather lacklustre performances.