Review of Handel : Alcina & Orlando as Classical CD of the Week by Norman Lebrecht, Evening Standard, 21 May 2008
"Name me a better cast for any Handel opera in a century of recording than Renée Fleming, Susan Graham and Natalie Dessay - and that's just the women. This Alcina, first relased in 1999 and reboxed here with an atractive account of Orlando, is quite irrresistible. The voices come at you in Alcina like a burst of fireworks, one aria after another. Fleming is more flexible than her present diva image permita, Graham is luxuriant and Dessay steals the show time after time with eruptive vivacity and breath-stopping risks. Orlando has mezzo Patricia Bardon in the male title role, opposite love-interest Rosemary Joshua, nicely matched. Conductor Christie shapes both narratives with deft discretion and smiling tempi. Emmanuelle Haïm plays the continuo. Who could ask for anything more?"