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Harmonia Mundi

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Reviewer: David Reynolds

For their first Harmonia Mundi recording, Le Caravanserail and conductor-harpsichordist Bertrand Cuiller explore the world of the London theater of the 17th Century. We hear airs, incidental music, dances, and inventive melodies combining the English tradition and French and Italian innovations. Soprano Rachel Redmond is the soloist in most of the selections. Sounding a lot like Emma Kirkby (remember her?), but with more personality, she is theatrical, bouyant, and just plain lovely. Her diction is excellent, especially given the rather knotty texts she’s required to sing. Le Caravanserail is an excellent group. The music-making here is sometimes a little on the polite side; I could imagine a bawdier take on some of these songs, but Cuiller leads a lively, varied program. The sound is excellent— atmospheric and warm.

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