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The second crowdfunded disc, released on the Signum label, is from Aksel Rykkvin, a Norwegian treble who recorded his album aged 12. Be reassured, Aksel! is not the usual child star twaddle. Rykkvin certainly has a precocious musical sensibility, which coupled with his clear tones should make him a star if he lasts the course: he is obviously well looked after by seemingly baffled but proud parents and those with whom he works. His technique is excellent, with particularly fluent coloratura. The recording does reflect the challenge in finding suitable repertoire. Rykkvin is effective in Bach and Handel oratorios, and Mozart’s ‘Alleluia’ really does show off his skills. In Oberto’s arias from Alcina he emulates William Savage, the boy soprano who created the role for Handel, but doesn’t have the maturity to convey the drama. His Cherubino arias are fun but remain a merrily piped party trick. Nigel Short’s conducting and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s playing help keep things classy.

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