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Judge a CD by its cover? Joyce & Tony looks like a cheesy ‘1950s Lounge Classics’ supermarket compilation saying ‘Avoid!’ Thankfully the contents are superb. Recorded live in the gorgeous acoustic of London’s Wigmore Hall, Joyce DiDonato weaves her magic from the temperamental extremes of Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos, through the luscious poetics of Santoliquado’s I canti della Serra, to a welter of hits from the American Songbook – Foster, Kern, Rodgers, Arlen and more. Her mezzo is at its peak, diction excellent and the colours infinite, ranging from a blanched piano to full blown passion. Tony Pappano accompanies, adding lashings of style and wit from the keyboard.

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