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J. A. Hasse: Siroe, Re di Persia (opera) / Armonia Atenea; George Petrou. Cencic, Lezhneva, Nesi, Fagioli, Snouffer, Sancho.

Album Summary

>Hasse, Johann A. : Siroe rè di Persia, opera
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Notes & Reviews:

The world-premiere recording of Siroe re di Persia by Johann Adolf Hasse, whose music encapsulates the refined aristocratic cultural tastes of the European Ancien Régime.Offering true musical fireworks and delights, Siroe is led by Max Cencic in the title role with the vital orchestra of Armonia Atenea and their high-powered conductor, George Petrou: the same vibrant partnership which saw their first album on Decca, Handel's Alessandro, win a clutch of top awards. Cencic is supported by a truly stunning cast, with Decca's award-winning Julia Lezhneva, countertenor Franco Fagioli (whose own debut album on DG will come soon), Juan Sancho, Mary-Ellen Nesi, and Lauren Snouffer. Remarkably famous during his lifetime, the composer Hasse was acclaimed by his contemporaries as one of the most important artists of the 18th Century: the greatest singers of the time clamored to perform in his operas. Renowned for his gifts as a melodist, in Siroe Hasse offers a feast of rare vocal delights in the telling of a vivid story of passion, jealousy and intrigue. Max Cencic & Parnassus Arts' new stage production of Siroe premiered in June 2014 at Athens' Megaron to enthusiastic acclaim from audience and critics alike, and will tour to Versailles and Vienna.

Voix des Arts
... For Mr. Cencic, none of the conventional limitations of a countertenor voice apply...the music of Hasse inspires him to a display of tremendous artistry.

BBC Music Magazine
Rising star countertenor Max Emanuel 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 to alter tempos and vary melodies. The richness of Cencic's timbre, especially in his bottom range, makes Hasse's lovely lines even more delectable.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2015
Petrou achieves an elusive dichotomy of orchestral delicacy and theatrical pace. Reams of recitatives crackle with dramatic conviction...Cencic's impassioned performance of Siroe's first aria...indicates how much Hasse's style influenced the 'Classical' generation...Fagioli is aptly cast as Siroe's evil little brother...Parnassus Productions earns kudos for its adventurous ambition to record a complete Hasse opera to such a high standard.

The Guardian, 29th January 2015
The cast seems unfazed by the technical challenges, though there's rather more bravura than refinement...the soprano Julia Lezhneva shows that it is possible to negotiate Hasse's vocal writing with stylishness and beauty of tone as well as accuracy.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Parnassos Hall, Athens (07/21/2014-07/31/2014).


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>Hasse, Johann A. : Siroe rè di Persia, opera
  • Conductor: Georges Petrou
  • Ensemble: Armonia Atenea
  • Notes: Parnassos Hall, Athens (07/21/2014-07/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1733