Review by CATHERINE BOTT, February 2018
This recital of Handel’s ravishing German Arias is a pleasure from first note to last: recorded in an ideally intimate acoustic, with varied, sensitive instrumental accompaniment from the ensemble Florisma. This is unexpected Handel, settings of devotional meditations in his first language: music that lies between the extravagant passion of his Italian operas and the uplifting nobility of his English oratorios. Penelope Appleyard’s voice is perfect for this delicate repertoire, an attractive blend of innocence and worldliness, and she communicates a real sense of joy.
Catherine Bott, February 2018
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