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Robert Levine, October 2012

The stars of the performance are Sonia Prina in the title role, and the orchestra, I Turchini, under Antonio Florio. The full orchestra, including winds, brass, and timpani—and audible continuo—play magnificently and with spunk and energy, never letting the “action” fall apart. And Prina is her usual, accurate, self; having to sound more feminine than in her trouser roles, her voice sounds lighter and she dispatches her coloratura with élan. The role of Arsace, originally for castrato…sits low, and mezzo Maria Ercolano does well by it. Maria Grazia Schiavo’s Rosmira is lovely. The recording is a bit “in your face” but that adds some excitement…a good performance of a somewhat by-the-numbers rarity; certainly for the vocal-and baroque-curious. © 2012 Read complete review

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