HANDEL Ariodante / Burrowes, Baker 4420962

Raymond Leppard's recording . . . has remained for me the benchmark against which other recordings are measured . . . Janet Baker sings brilliantly as Ariodante. She flies through the coloratura with ease and presents a complete portrayal of the title character . . . Edith Mathis is a strong Ginevra, beautifully sung. We easily believe that she has the strength to resist Polinesso but is vulnerable enough to despair at the unjust accusations leveled against her . . . And with Samuel Ramey in his prime we have an excellent King of Scotland.