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Fieri’s eight British singers go for the jugular, taking risks with emotion and intensity, making exemplary efforts with idiomatic pronunciation to create a credible Italian experience. Ten madrigals by Marenzio receive spacious, emotionally mature readings, but it is Ben Raworth’s Turn, a fascinating commentary on the Lamento d’Arianna in four interpolated sections, that impresses with truly madrigalian expression and depth: capturing a split-second of emotion in a brilliantly sustained, stop-frame foil to Monteverdi’s plangent masterpiece. A pity, therefore, that edgy acoustics steal warmth from performances making a most compelling argument for putting passion above perfection.

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