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Two albums of Baroque arias to flag up. First, soprano Katherine Watson, whose CD offers a selection of French arias demonstrating the art d’attendir, or rôles tenders, essentially pieces conceived to inspire tender emotions in the listener. Watson is well-equipped to do this, as her soprano is bright and fluent and she is a natural communicator. Just a dash of astringency towards the top saves the instrument from becoming saccharine.

Jakub Józef Orliński’s countertenor grows apace, and is sounding more robust and coloured in Facce d’amore, where he provides a selection of Italian arias themed around the concept of being in love. Orliński’s technique is exceptional, his line smooth, his coloratura adept, and, like Watson, he communicates with his listener. Both discs are recommended.

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