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I'm quite taken with Baker's approach to this. I hadn't been very familiar with the opera or with this aria, and I've now heard varied approaches to tempo and expression. From the text it's clear that anger may be an important emotion here, and Baker is the only one to bring this out. Perhaps having no preconceptions about the aria allows me to find her quite persuasive. It isn't a minor consideration that she gives us a marvelous piece of pure vocalism as well as a fully conceived interpretation. From the slowest performance we've heard (Fagioli's) to this, the fastest, there's a mile of distance, and I think I like both of these extreme performances more than the two in the middle, nicely done as those are. Baroque music is adaptable that way, and it wouldn't surprise me if Handel fully expected singers to bring their individual expressive capacities and inclinations to the material.

Yes, Baker is wonderful. She's my girl.
 
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