HANDEL Hercules Minkowski 4695322

. . . [Minkowski's] cast is well able to share his dramatic vision. Von Otter excels as Dejanira . . . There's some beautifully shaped singing as in her opening air she mourns Hercules' absence, and she copes well with Minkowski's demanding tempo in "Begone, my fears". Lynne Dawson makes a delightful Iole, crystalline, airy, rhythmic, but able to call on more intensity where needed. "My breast with tender pity swells" is truly lovely. Lichas' music is done with refinement but also vigour by David Daniels. Richard Croft . . . sings much of Hyllus' music with elegance, and his delicate sustained pianissimo in the da capo of "From celestial seats descending", one of the most inspired pieces in the score, is remarkable. The choral singing is strong, secure, responsive . . .