Album: Mozart: Apollo et Hyacinthus - Classical Opera/Ian Page (Linn)

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This scintillating recording of the 1767 Latin opera reveals just how early Mozart's instinct for character was formed.

In keeping with historic practice, cellist Joseph Crouch's continuo line is arpeggiated. The cast is beautifully contrasted, with Klara Ek and Sophie Bevan the cool and warm sopranos and Lawrence Zazzo and Christopher Ainslie the heroic and plangent counter-tenors. Tenor Andrew Kennedy sings Oebalus with authority and elegance.