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Roberta Invernizzi will not seem the least bit extravagant once you’ve heard this marvellous record. Stagings of Vivaldi’s operas may still be infrequent, but his arias now feature on an impressive list of recital discs, for example, by Emma Kirkby, Cecilia Bartoli, Simone Kermes and Magdalena Kožená. This one tops them all. From her thrillingly bravura duel with trumpet on Combatta un gentil cor, to her extraordinary duet with herself, in high and low registers, on Da due venti un mar turbato, to her ravishingly lovely sighs nestled amidst muted violins and pizzicato violas on Se mai senti spirarti sul volto, Invernizzi’s singing here is absolutely enthralling, full of sparkling energy and richly shaded detail, and always finds a reciprocal subtlety and flamboyance in La Risonanza’s superb playing. My baroque disc of the year – par excellence squared!

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