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More interesting is Sophie Bevan who sings concert arias by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven in Perfido! Bevan has made her reputation with her pure lyric soprano, but it’s interesting to hear a bit of attractive smoke to the tone these days. Her voice is perhaps on the light side for these arias, but her partnership with Ian Page, who conducts, pays dividends as they sail confidently through the heavier perils of these dramatic pieces. Bevan throws herself convincingly into the theatrical situations, starting with Haydn’s impassioned Berenice, and also has the deftness to surmount the nimbler challenges she faces. An interesting disc of lesser-performed arias dispatched with freshness and style.

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