"This Handel collection shows the tenor Mark Padmore at his considerable best, the voice mellifluous, smooth and in impeccable physical order, heart and mind precisely tuned to whatever demands the composer’s work places on them. The music ranges wide, from the furious to the seraphic, the tragic to the joyful. The complete scena from Tamerlano, in which Bajazet dies from self-inflicted poisoning, is given by Padmore with remarkable dramatic power; “Total eclipse”, from Samson, has searching poignancy. But the highlight is “Waft her, angels”, from Jephtha, which in this artfully simple performance seems the most touching music ever "
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