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Handel's St. Cecilia on Delphian on sale at Pro Studio: I can't recommend enough

Handel at his most lyrical, and that's saying a lot.

Sound nuts will be especially impressed: the blend of HIP orchestra and hall is just perfect. Vocals, choir and orchestra are provided all the aural elbow room they need, whatever dynamic. Crisp, resounding (trumpets and tymp) and crystal clear recording throughout. Vinegary oboe and strings addictive. I knew I would love the performance from the very first notes. My old stand-by on Archiv with Lott and Parrott sounds comparably flat and opaque, especially noticeable in the final number for Chorus, Trumpets and Soprano.

The two "hits" for soprano -- "What Passions Cannot Music Raise," and "The Soft, Complaining Flute" are ravishingly beautiful, though Mary Bevan is no Felicity Lott, but then, who is? If you only collect random tracks to play during dinner or before bed, these would fit the bill.

Fillers include the BbM Concerto Grosso Fugue on a single note! (Not quite) and a Cantata for Tenor.

Edits: 07/02/17

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Topic - Handel's St. Cecilia on Delphian on sale at Pro Studio: I can't recommend enough - jdaniel@jps.net 11:34:02 07/02/17 (6)


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