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More countertenor excitements from Franco Fagioli in a collection of Handel Arias. Fagioli reveals no chink in his technical armoury. His voice has a more buoyant thrill to it than Cencic’s and he is keen to show it off; but he is also happy to relax into a long- spun line and revel in the languor of the moment, relish a messa di voce and decorate with discretion. A couple of times, an over-excited high note creeps in: the effect is rather like having someone stamp on your foot in an otherwise smooth dance. Nevertheless, this is incredibly polished singing, and there is a palpable sense of the thought and meaning behind the texts and music. The young Zefira Valova’s conducting is supportive and idiomatic.

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