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What about those singers who don’t have Netrebko and Yende’s marketing machines to help their albums fly off the shelves, or even the money to record them in the first place? Crowdfunding is one way, and has proved successful for the next two releases. First is Love & Lust, by soprano Elizabeth Hungerford and Andrew Arceci on the viola da gamba, a collection of amorous 16th- and 17th-century songs, ranging from Purcell to Monteverdi, with a few rather more obscure offerings in between. Hungerford has a pure voice and is a spirited communicator in both English and Italian. She uses her instrument effectively, investing an essentially white tone with some splashes of colour by adding vibrato and crescendi: the downside is a tendency to overuse portamenti, where the voice yowls rather than slides. Arceci accompanies her sensitively and enjoys his own solos.

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