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Emma Bell - Handel - MusicWeb-Internationl.com


01 December 2005
MusicWeb International

In his best arias, Handel excelled at making his characters' emotions real. Bell excels at characterising this emotion and all of her performances are wonderfully vivid. One can take as read Bell's capability with the virtuoso technical aspects of these arias and she is one of those enviable singers who are able to go beyond sheer bravura and use the vocal line for expressive purposes. I will treasure this disc as a record of a fine singer at her wonderful peak at a particular point in her career; as her voice develops Handel will cease to be so central to her repertoire and I'm sure there will be further wonderful peaks.

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