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Another festival staging is Handel’s Rodrigo, recorded live at the Göttingen International Handel Festival earlier this year. It positively bounces along under Laurence Cumming’s direction, so although it’s almost three hours of music, it zips past: the benefit of a live recording is particularly apparent in the recitatives, which crackle. Three sopranos provide a feast of wonderful singing. Erica Eloffis Rodrigo, a Visigoth king who toys with the affections of both wife and mistress before getting his comeuppance, and her soprano has sheen and a pleasing suppleness. As the wronged women, Anna Dennis and Fflur Wyn both have a slightly higher range: Dennis’ soprano has an ethereal quality, Wyn’s perhaps sweeter. They both sound gorgeous. Jorge Navarro Colorado’s tenor is generally up to the challenge of his music, and Russell Harcourt’s countertenor brings a pleasing change of timbre to the soundscape. An excellent set.

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