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This could be an interesting acquisition: an exploration of galant music in the New World, ranging from a symphony via religious arias to ‘Al Combate’, a coronation ode for Charles III of Spain. The Chicago Arts Orchestra (modern instruments) plays terrifically, though the solo singing is less appealing. Of the two (Italian émigré) composers featured, Ignacio Jerusalem is reasonably widely recorded, but Santiago Billoni far less so, so it’s a great pity that the liner notes are given in ‘enhanced digital content’ form and also cluttered with gimmicks such as mobile ringtones. The inclusion of digital scores is a definite draw, though.

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