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Johann Adolph Hasse (1699-1783) Opera Arias 'Rokoko' / Max Emanuel Cencic, countertenor

Album Summary

>Hasse, Johann A. : Il Cantico de' Tre Fanciulli
>Hasse, Johann A. : Arminio
>Hasse, Johann A. : Siroe rè di Persia, opera
>Hasse, Johann A. : Tito Vespasiano, opera
>Hasse, Johann A. : L'Olimpiade, opera
>Hasse, Johann A. : Ipermestra
>Hasse, Johann A. : Concerto for mandolin in G
>Hasse, Johann A. : Il Trionfo di Clelia
>Hasse, Johann A. : La Spartana Generosa
>Hasse, Johann A. : Tigrane
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Launching his new recording contract with Decca Classics, critically-acclaimed countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic performs arias from the finest of Hasse's dramatic works.

From the exquisite delicacy of the aria di sostenuto to the fiery passion of the aria di bravura, Cencic's sensational performance brings Hasse's greatest works to a new audience, brilliantly fresh and with maximum effect.

Rokoko follows on from Cencic's incredibly well received Alessandro on Decca Classics. Critics from the world's leading press recognized the album's outstanding qualities: Gramophone described it as "an essential purchase"; Opera News observed that Cencic "commands the music totally", while Diapason awarded it Diapason de l'or de l'année and it also won recognition in the International Opera Awards in London.

Johann Adolf Hasse (1699 - 1783), known during his life as "the father of music" (il padre della musica) enjoyed fame throughout Europe in a career spanning six decades. One of the most well-known and prolific composers of the opera seria, around 70 of his dramatic works survive today.

For this new recording Cencic is accompanied by the superb Armonia Atenea under their internationally-renowned conductor, George Petrou.

This program of some of Hasse's finest dramatic works shines a spotlight on some remarkable music and the vocal and dramatic abilities of the performers; none more perfect for this repertoire than Cencic, Armonia Atenea and Petrou.

International Record Review, May 2014
Whatever the piece, one hears Cencic at his best, in quality of voice and in his control of it...These Hasse arias would make a worthy introduction to Cencic's abilities for anyone who has yet to make his acquaintance and are confirmation for his admirers, should they need it.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2014
Cencic's easy command of the craziest diminutions - the length, rapidity and range of which challenge the physically possible - shows why Hasse's music enthralled audiences. Authority abounds: Cencic leaps elegantly across his register, and the band intervenes in delightfully unexpected ways.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
My goodness, does Max Emanuel Cencic ever have an astounding set of pipes. He is as good a countertenor as I have ever heard, with all the gusto this flamboyant repertory requires. There is a lot of fire on this release.



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Works Details

>Hasse, Johann A. : Il Cantico de' Tre Fanciulli :: Notte amica
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Georges Petrou
  • Ensemble: Armonia Atenea
  • Running Time: 9 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal

>Hasse, Johann A. : Arminio :: Cadro ma qual si mira
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Georges Petrou
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1745

>Hasse, Johann A. : Siroe rè di Persia, opera
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Georges Petrou
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1733

>Hasse, Johann A. : Tito Vespasiano, opera
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Georges Petrou
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Hasse, Johann A. : L'Olimpiade, opera
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Georges Petrou
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1756

>Hasse, Johann A. : Ipermestra :: Ma rendi pur contento
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Georges Petrou
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1744

>Hasse, Johann A. : Concerto for mandolin in G
  • Performer: Theodore Kitsos (Mandolin)
  • Conductor: Georges Petrou
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Hasse, Johann A. : Il Trionfo di Clelia :: De' folgori di giove
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Georges Petrou
  • Notes: Composition written: 1762.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1762

>Hasse, Johann A. : La Spartana Generosa :: Se un tenero affetto
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Georges Petrou
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1747

>Hasse, Johann A. : Il Trionfo di Clelia :: Dei di Roma
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Georges Petrou
  • Notes: Composition written: 1762.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1762

>Hasse, Johann A. : Tigrane :: Solca il mar
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Georges Petrou
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1729

>Hasse, Johann A. : Tito Vespasiano, opera
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Georges Petrou
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735