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Francesco Cavalli’s Vespro della Beata Vergine (Glossa GCD 922509) owes much to Monteverdi, but already the drama that characterised his innovation is tamed into settled baroque forms. a stylised devotional experience, its every artful gesture is comfortably distancing from the numinous at the same time as pleasuring the intellect with form and detail in delightful balance. This virtuoso performance by Concerto Palatino with stellar soloists including Mark Padmore, is very easy on the ear.

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