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Johan van Veen
MusicWeb International, June 2012

As music-lovers we can only be grateful when interesting recordings which probably are no longer available are reissued.

It is a quite remarkable work, for historical, textual and musical reasons.

First, historically it is notable that this oratorio was part of a series of eight oratorios which were performed during Lent 1708 at the palace of Cardinal Ottoboni in Rome.

The performance is such that this reissue is welcome. The three soloists bring good interpretations, albeit a bit too restrained. That is in particular notable in comparison to the recording of Eduardo López Banzo. On the whole I prefer the performances of his two female singers, Lola Casariego (Colpa) and María Espada (Grazia). Kai Wessel is superior to Martín Oro in the role of Il Pentimento, though. Banzo’s performance as a whole is more dramatic. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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