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Vocal contradictions


Two of today's foremost female singers are out with new CDs. They are complete contradictions, but that does not mean that it is impossible to appreciate both.

Stylized entertainment

We have previously given the Argentine soprano Maria Cristina Kiehr panegyric criticism for her recording of cantatas by Scarlatti. Kiehr's main interest is the early Baroque. Her collaboration with harpsichordist Jean-Marc Aymes led to the creation of the ensemble Concerto Soave, which specializes in early Italian Baroque music. It is with this ensemble that she has released all her solo albums on Harmonia Mundi.

Her new release is a selection by Claudio Monteverdis Musical Scherzi. Monteverdi (1567-1643) does not use the term here joke in musical sense, but in the literal sense, as in «joke» or. . .

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