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Elizabeth Watts’s Con eco d’amore essays arias both sacred and profane by Alessandro Scarlatti, (Domenico’s father). Not another worthy trawl through an archive’s forgotten dirges, this is exciting music, revealing an enormous range of colours and emotions through both scoring and vocal line. Watts grabs every opportunity with a voice of perfect weight, pliancy and line, offering a solid middle balanced with an exciting top. Laurence Cummings conducts with spirit, the only let-down being the overly reverberant church acoustic. If the haunting aria from La Santissima Vergine del Rosario doesn’t crop up in an advert or film score soon, someone’s missing a trick.

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