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Dessay Takes Handel for a Ride, with Poetry

The music of Handel is the subject of a CD from Natalie Dessay. Music critic Tom Manoff says the music, with poetry by Vatican Cardinal, can seem opulent and highly ornate.

It takes time to see through the gauze of Handel's music, but beneath the flowery sound is remarkable music that is well worth knowing.

The CD is Delirio, with music by George Frideric Handel.

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Tom Manoff
Composer and author Tom Manoff has been the classical music critic for NPR's All Things Considered since 1985.