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On to new countertenor on the block, Jakub Józef Orlinski, who along with soprano Natalia Kawalek offers a selection of yet more Handel arias and duets in a collection called Enemies in Love. Orlinski’s tone has less vibrato than either Cencic or Fagioli, and his rapid singing, though accomplished, lacks their élan. In moments of repose, however, his voice has an ethereal beauty. He is a handsome chap, and we learn from the booklet that he is also a breakdancer and, from his listed promotions, we can expect him to alight from a smart car, well shod, dressed and made up. It is a pity that not so much effort was put into deciding whether the aria ‘Stille Amare’ is from Teseo or Tolomeo (it’s the former.) And why have the translations in separate sections for each language and not side by side? Kawalek, meanwhile, has a slightly wayward voice with some very strange technique – her chest voice is quite raw. Stefan Plewniak conducts with a highly authentic approach, though the harpsichordist is allowed to go cheerfully berserk in an endless cadenza in Kawalek’s Rinaldo aria, which is enjoyable but weird.

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