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Xavier Sabata, Armonia Atenea & George Petrou - Catharsis (2017)

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Xavier Sabata, Armonia Atenea & George Petrou - Catharsis (2017)

Xavier Sabata, Armonia Atenea & George Petrou - Catharsis (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 332 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 155 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:06:12
Classical, Vocal | Label: Aparté

Around the year 1600, a group of Florentine aristocrats, inspired by ancient Greek drama, gave birth to opera. They intended to move and glorify human passions in such a strong way that the spectator's soul would be cleansed of these passions. This was the process that Aristotle called 'catharsis'. Xavier Sabata grasps this highly intense moment at the heart of the destiny of legendary heroes of Baroque opera. A fascinating album by the author of Bad Guys, accompanied by George Petrou and Armonia Atenea.

Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)

Posted By: Designol
Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)

Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Gioachino Rossini (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:15:21
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 5681

Countertenor performances of 19th century opera are a historical and, ultimately, true novelty. This said, for those who love the sound of the countertenor voice and want to give it a try, there are several factors that recommend this release by countertenor Franco Fagioli, with the small orchestra Armonia Atenea under George Petrou. First is that castrati were still around in Rossini's time, although on the decline, and the composer was reportedly intrigued by their voices. Second, Fagioli, unlike the vast majority of other countertenors, studied bel canto singing rather than Baroque repertory exclusively, and a certain distance present in the work of other countertenors is absent here. And third, and most important, is Fagioli's voice itself. Of the countertenors active today, he's the one with the range, the power, the attitude to make you suspend disbelief and think for a moment that you're actually listening to a castrato. He enters into the various Rossini roles represented on this recording, several of which were mezzo-soprano "pants" roles; this adds to the layers of identity-switching happening, and the parts hit Fagioli's vocal sweet spot. A bonus is that several of these are from Rossini opere serie that are little played or recorded.

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Max Emanuel Cencic - Handel: Arminio (2018) [BDRip]

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George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Max Emanuel Cencic - Handel: Arminio (2018) [BDRip]

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Max Emanuel Cencic - Handel: Arminio (2018) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 167 min | 9,10 Gb
Audio: Italiano / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Korean, Japanese

Max Emanuel Cencic excels with his celebrated and award-winning production of George Frideric Handels masterpiece Arminio at the International Handel Festival Karlsruhe. The remarkable counter-tenor Cencic, who dedicates himself to the revival and performance of the music of the 18th century, demonstrates once more that Baroque singing can be both technically brilliant and at the same time modern and emotionally engaging. His enchanting staging of Arminio is the fulminant revival of the heroic story. When premiered in 1737 at Londons Covent Garden, Arminio strangely received only six performances, despite being praised as a miracle and in every respect excellent and vastly pleasing by contemporaries.

Max Emanuel Cencic, George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Rokoko: Hasse Opera Arias (2014)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Max Emanuel Cencic, George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Rokoko: Hasse Opera Arias (2014)

Max Emanuel Cencic, George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Rokoko: Hasse Opera Arias (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 357 Mb | Total time: 64:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 6418 | Recorded: 2013

Rokoko is Croatian counter tenor Max Emanuel Cencic's 2014 release on Decca, in which he explores the elaborate and emotionally stirring arias of Johann Adolf Hasse, one of the neglected masters of 18th century opera. These 11 vocal selections reflect the popular taste of the period, oriented as it was to the extraordinary abilities of the great castrati. Supported by George Petrou and the period instruments group Armonia Atenea, which plays with authentic rococo sonorities, rhythmic vigor, and precision, Cencic displays astonishing virtuosity and power in the arias taken from Hasse's long forgotten operas, Arminio, Il Siroe, Tito Vespasiano, L'Olimpiade, Ipermestra, Il Trionfo di Clelia, La Spartana Generosa, and Tigrane, as well as an aria from the oratorio, Il Cantico de’ Tre Fanciulli.