Handel: Serse, HWV 40 / Act 1 - Ombra mai fù
Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
Even though Danielle de Niese brings ample technical gifts and a shining tone to this collection of baroque arias from the likes of Dowland and Haydn, her poise sometimes feels a bit too proper, particularly compared to the hot-blooded presence she brings to roles at the Met. But is Beauty of the Baroque still beautiful? Absolutely. The duets are particularly gorgeous -- especially the dissonant tensions of the Monteverdi.