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George Petrou, Il Pomo d'Oro, Max Emanuel Cencic - George Frideric Handel: Ottone (2017)

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George Petrou, Il Pomo d'Oro, Max Emanuel Cencic - George Frideric Handel: Ottone (2017)

George Petrou, Il Pomo d'Oro, Max Emanuel Cencic - George Frideric Handel: Ottone (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 972 Mb | Total time: 203:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 483 1814 | Recorded: 2016

After a long period of neglect, Handel's 1719 opera Ottone has attracted renewed attention from historical-performance groups. The opera deals with episodes from the life of Otto II, Holy Roman Emperor in the 10th century, a topic so obscure that even for an 18th century audience an "argument" had to be attached to the libretto by way of background information. The opera was highly successful in Handel's own time, perhaps less for its musical value than for the always fun news stories about the stars in Handel's orbit; this time the feature was soprano Francesca Cuzzoni, who refused to sing the aria "Falsa imagine" until Handel threatened to throw her out a window.

Max Emanuel Cencic, Karsten Erik Ose, Ornamente 99 - Vivaldi, D. Scarlatti, Caldara: Cantatas (2012)

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Max Emanuel Cencic, Karsten Erik Ose, Ornamente 99 - Vivaldi, D. Scarlatti, Caldara: Cantatas (2012)

Max Emanuel Cencic, Karsten Erik Ose, Ornamente 99 - Vivaldi, D. Scarlatti, Caldara: Cantatas (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 912 Mb | Total time: 60:34+60:32+61:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # C7142 | Recorded: 2003-2005

This series of Italian cantatas by three eminent contemporaries makes for refined and focused listening. Cencic…marries virtuosity with colour. The result is singing of great reach and range, in which verbal sensitivity and bravura execution are usually put at the service of the music.

Max Emanuel Cencic, Il Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev - Arie Napoletane (2015)

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Max Emanuel Cencic, Il Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev - Arie Napoletane (2015)

Max Emanuel Cencic, Il Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev - Arie Napoletane (2015)
Alessandro Scarlatti - N.Porpora - Leonardo Leo - D. Auletta - Leonardo Vinci - G.B. Pergolesi

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 396 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Decca | # 478 8422 DH | Time: 01:15:28

Countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic has emerged as a new star of the specialty partly through fearless programming, and this collection of Arie Napoletane, Neapolitan arias or arias from Naples, is no exception. There really isn't a "Neapolitan school." Rather, Naples was on the musical cutting edge in the second quarter of the 18th century, and the arias here represent both a classic opera seria style, in the pieces by the massively prolific Alessandro Scarlatti, and music by the composers who pointed the way toward the melodically simpler future of Gluck and eventually Mozart, like Leonardo Leo and Leonardo Vinci. These latter are hardly household names, and Cencic, offering several recorded premieres, renders a valuable service simply by finding and choosing the deliberate and sensuous arias heard here. Moreover, the album's stylistic contrasts play to Cencic's strengths.

Martyna Pastuszka, {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna - Leonardo Vinci: Gismondo, Re di Polonia (2019)

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Martyna Pastuszka, {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna - Leonardo Vinci: Gismondo, Re di Polonia (2019)

Martyna Pastuszka, {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna - Leonardo Vinci: Gismondo, Re di Polonia (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 1.10 Gb | Total time: 217:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Parnassus Arts | 912010487001 | Recorded: 2018

Unlike today, neither George Frideric Handel nor Antonio Vivaldi was the most famous and most performed opera composer in the first third of the 18th century, but rather Leonardo Vinci (ca. 1696-1730). Educated in Naples, he was successful there from 1719, initially with several operas buffe before he turned to the more prestigious opera seria in 1722 with immediate success. As one of the most important representatives of the Neapolitan School, he left his mark on the Italian and soon also the European opera scene. Even Handel in faraway London could not avoid his music: in order to satisfy the public's taste, he put several pasticcios with their arias on the repertoire of his failing opera company. In 1730 Vinci died suddenly after colicky pains, and it was soon rumored that he had been the victim of a poison attack.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Gluck: Ezio (2011)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Gluck: Ezio (2011)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Gluck: Ezio (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 646 Mb | Total time: 69:25+77:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics ‎| 5099907092923 | Recorded: 2008

Gluck wrote his opera seria Ezio in 1750 for production in Prague. (In 1762, after the formal and stylistic breakthroughs of Orfeo ed Euridice, he revised the opera for a Vienna production, but it's the original version that's recorded here.) The opera has many of the characteristics of Italian late Baroque opera; it's essentially a series of arias separated by accompanied recitatives, the formula that the composer reacted against in Orfeo. It's not Gluck at his most innovative or original, but it's a fine example of opera seria, with a number of impressive arias and some very expressive recitatives, and it can make quite an impact in a performance as fine as this one.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Handel: Faramondo (2009)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Handel: Faramondo (2009)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Handel: Faramondo (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 894 Mb | Total time: 65:59+48:52+51:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 2 16611 2 9 | Recorded: 2008

Until it was revived in the late twentieth century, Handel's opera Faramondo was performed just eight times in London in 1738 and then fell into obscurity. According to the conventions of Italian opera of the period, men's roles were often written for women, in spite of the lack of dramatic realism, and the use of castrati was common, so higher voices strongly predominate. Handel wrote the title role, which would have gone to a castrato, usually a male alto, for Cafarelli, who had the range of a mezzo-soprano.

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Fernando (2007)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Fernando (2007)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Fernando (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 711 Mb | Total time: 71:53+77:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | 3 65483 2 | Recorded: 2006

Fernando is the abandoned first draft of Handel’s opera Sosarme (performed at the King’s Theatre in February 1732)… Curtis’s pacing and shaping of Handel’s music is consistently subtle, astutely rhetorical and firmly connected to the libretto text. Although it might be possible to explore firmer muscularity and create a more vivid sense of surprise in the quicker music, there is something to be said for Curtis’s shrewd reservation of such effects for when it is truly vital for the drama. For instance, Marianna Pizzolato’s powerful arias “Vado al campo” and “Cuor di madre e cuor di moglie” are potently delivered moments of severe agitated passion that are all the more effective for the sweeter elegance that pervades much of this lovely score.

Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'oro - Handel: Tamerlano (2014)

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Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'oro - Handel: Tamerlano (2014)

Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'oro - Handel: Tamerlano (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,00 Gb | Total time: 62:50+61:49+68:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # V 5373 | Recorded: 2013

Following the recording of several complete Baroque operas: Faramondo, Farnace, Artaserse, Alessandro, all received with unrestrained critical enthusiasm eg Gramophone Editor's Choice, BBC Music Magazine CD of the Month, Handel Recording Prize, Max Emanuel Cencic once again brings together a fine group of singers and orchestra for the rarely recorded Handel opera, 'Tamerlano'. The title role is taken by the exceptional counter-tenor, Xavier Sabata.

Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro - Leonardo Vinci: Catone in Utica (2015)

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Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro - Leonardo Vinci: Catone in Utica (2015)

Riccardo Minasi, Il Pomo d'Oro - Leonardo Vinci: Catone in Utica (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.19 Gb | Total time: 78:45+76:16+78:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 8194 | Recorded: 2015

Star countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic steps into new musical territory with the world premiere recording of Catone in Utica by Leonardo Vinci, a forgotten genius of Italian opera. The opera tells a powerful tale of Julius Caesar’s defeat of the Republican forces led by Marcus Porcius Cato in 46 BC, exploring the eternal themes of love, duty and honor. Featuring five countertenors along with conductor Riccardo Minasi who leads il pomo d’oro.

Diego Fasolis, Concerto Koln - Leonardo Vinci: Artaserse (2012)

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Diego Fasolis, Concerto Koln - Leonardo Vinci: Artaserse (2012)

Diego Fasolis, Concerto Köln - Leonardo Vinci: Artaserse (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.05 Gb | Total time: 67:26+65:46+54:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5099960286925 | Recorded: 2011

No less than five brilliant countertenors – including Max Emanuel Cencic and Philippe Jaroussky – join conductor Diego Fasolis and Concerto Köln for Artaserse by Leonardo Vinci (1690-1730). In early 18th century Italy, the Neapolitan-born composer was one of the brightest stars in opera, and Artaserse is considered his masterpiece.

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)

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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.

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - The 5 countertenors (2015)

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George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - The 5 countertenors (2015)

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Max Emanuel Cencic, Yuriy Mynenko, Valer Sabadus, Xavier Sabata, Vince Yi -The 5 countertenors: Jommelli, Porpora, Galuppi, Handel, Mysliveček, J.C. Bach, Gluck, Bertoni, Hasse (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 349 Mb | Total time: 63:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 8094 | Recorded: 2013

Decca’s new release brings together five of the world’s most renowned countertenors, who bring the rich world of baroque opera to life. Once rarely heard, countertenors are now firmly established on the operatic stage and concert platform and their popularity has reached an all-time high. This album features virtuosic highlights from baroque opera and showcases the extraordinary abilities of five astonishing artists: Max Emanuel Cencic, Yuriy Mynenko, Valer Sabadus, Xavier Sabata and Vince Yi.

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10] - Giovanna d'Arco; Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)

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Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10] - Giovanna d'Arco;  Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)

Gioachino Rossini Edition 50 CDs [Part 10]: Marilyn Horne, Martin Katz - Giovanna d'Arco et Ariette rare; Lella Cuberli, Luciana Serra, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Victoria de los Angeles, Samuel Ramey, Lawrence Brownlee, Max Emanuel Cencic, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jennifer Larmore, Thomas Hampson, Gerald Moore, Bruno Bartoletti, Alberto Zedda, Malcolm Sargent, Thomas Beecham, Claudio Scimone, Michael Hofstetter, Lamberto Gardelli, Jörg Faerber, Enrique Mazzola, Gabrile Ferro, Giuliano Carella - Arias, Songs & Orchestral Music (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.18 Gb | Total time: 77:06+65:42+70:09+79:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190295611156 | Recorded: 1956-2015

The most comprehensive edition devoted to Gioachino Rossini marking his 150th anniversary.
Born in 1792, Rossini was the most popular opera composer of his time. Although he retired from the Opera scene in 1829, he continued to compose in other genres, including sacred music, piano and chamber works. He did gather his late works under the ironic title Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of Old Age), which veils a true collection of masterworks.

Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Duetti (2011)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Duetti (2011)

Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Duetti: Bononcini, Mancini, Conti, Porpora, Marcello, Scarlatti (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 382 Mb | Total time: 74:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5099907094323 | Recorded: 2011

This album of Baroque cantatas and chamber duets grew out of a 2007 performance of Stefano Landi's 1631 opera Il Sant'Alessio starring Philippe Jaroussky and Max Emanuel Cencic (among the eight countertenors in the cast) with William Christie conducting Les Arts Florissants. Christie was so impressed with the blend of Jaroussky and Cencic's voices that he brought them together to explore the vast and rarely performed repertoire of late 17th and early 18th century Italian duets for equal voices.