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More rarities courtesy of tenor Markus Miesenberger, who tackles arias written for a forgotten predecessor, Silvio Garghetti. Miesenberger came across music composed for the 18th-century singer in a library and divined that the tenor must have been a star of his day, with a variety of composers using his talents and even Emperor Joseph I writing an aria for him (included on the CD). It is all interesting to a point. The music is intermittently engaging, but does make one realise why it didn’t set the world on fire. Miesenberger has a pleasing tenor, capable and used with taste; however, he doesn’t display a particularly wide variety of vocal colours, and his technique sometimes chugs along. He has a tendency to yawn into phrases that then slightly wander – the key changes in his aria from Bononcini’s La presa di Tebes sound almost as much of a surprise to him as to us –and sometimes his passagework is slightly uneven. But it is a valid and well-executed attempt at resuscitating a forgotten reputation.

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