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One of Bud Roach’s aims with this recording is to resurrect the ‘somewhat lost art of the self-accompanied singer’. Having already started and then moved on from a career as a professional orchestral oboist, this young Canadian makes a strong impression here as the sole performer on this disc of Grandi’s arias with guitar alfabeto accompaniment. (Others should follow his excellent example – many composers of songs for strummed instruments would almost certainly have sung them to their own accompaniment) Grandi’s arias have less of the folk feel one finds in the alfabeto songs of Landi and Kapsberger, although there are a fair few enchanting triple-time songs here – Roach is marvellous throughout, his light and graceful voice reminding me of Marco Beasley’s sheer class in his numerous recordings of Neapolitan repertoire.

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