David Daniels (Rinaldo), Cecilia Bartoli (Almirena), Gerald Finley (Argante), Luba Orgonášová (Armida), Bejun Mehta (Christian Sorcerer), Mark Padmore (Herald), Daniel Taylor (Eustazio), Bernarda Fink (Goffredo), Catherine Bott (Siren I), Ana-Maria Rincón (Donna, Siren II); Academy of Ancient Music / Christopher Hogwood
Decca L'Oiseau-Lyre 467 087-2OH03
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Gramophone has recently described Christopher's recording of Rinaldo, "the first complete studio recording for over 20 years", as "irresistible" with a "deluxe" cast. It praises his "typically neat and well-mannered" direction as well as his "unerring sense of tempo" throughout the opera.
The review concludes: "for all-round standard of performance and production [this version] currently wins hands down and it will take some beating."