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Fantastic Cencic - operatic arias by Rossini, Giacomelli, Gasparini, Porta, Caldara, Vivaldi, Gluck, Vinci, Handel plus the premiere release of songs by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Schumann, Bach et al. / Max Emanuel Cencic, countertenor

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Tancredi, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Aureliano in Palmira
>Giacomelli, Geminiano : Merope
>Gasparini, Francesco : Flavio Anicio Olibrio
>Porta, Costanzo : La costanza combattuta in amore
>Caldara, Antonio : Adriano in Siria
>Vivaldi, Antonio : La verità in cimento, RV 739
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Farnace, RV 711-G
>Vinci, Leonardo : Artaserse
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Ezio
>Handel, George Frideric : Faramondo, HWV 39
>Handel, George Frideric : Fernando, Re di Castiglia, HWV 30
>Handel, George Frideric : Arianna in Creta, HWV 3
>Handel, George Frideric : Imeneo, HWV 41
>Handel, George Frideric : Floridante, HWV 14
>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano, HWV 18
>Handel, George Frideric : Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11
>Schubert, Franz : Ständchen ("Leise flehen meine Lieder"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/4
>Schubert, Franz : Das Fischermädchen ("Du schönes Fischermädchen"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/10
>Schubert, Franz : Die Taubenpost ("Ich hab' eine brieftaub'"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 965a (D. 95
>Schubert, Franz : Rosamunde, D. 797
>Schubert, Franz : Die Vögel ("Wie lieblich und fröhlich"), song for voice & piano, D. 691 (Op. posth. 172/6)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs (6), Op. 19a
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Bei der Wiege ("Schlummre! Schlummre und träume von kommender Zeit"), song for voice & piano, Op. 47
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs (6), Op. 71
>Mahler, Gustav : Ablösung im Sommer, song for voice & piano in D flat major (Aus der Jugendzeit Vol. 3, no 2)
>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesange, vol 1
>Schumann, Robert : Mondnacht ("Es war als hätt der Himmel..."), song for voice & piano (Liederkreis), Op. 39/5
>Schumann, Robert : Myrthen, Op. 25
>Schubert, Franz : Der Hirt auf dem Felsen ("Wenn auf dem höchsten Fels ich steh'"), for voice, clarinet (or cello) & p
>Strauss, Richard : Die Nacht, Op. 10 no 3
>Strauss, Richard : Cäcilie ("Wenn du es wüsstest"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/2 (TrV 170/2)
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10
>Handel, George Frideric : Samson, HWV 57
>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : St John Passion, BWV 245
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
>Schumann, Robert : Der Nussbaum ("Es grünet ein Nussbaum vor dem Haus"), song for voice & piano (Myrthen), Op. 25/3
>Schubert, Franz : Die Forelle ("In einem Bächlein helle"), song for voice & piano, D. 550 (Op. 32)
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), waltz for orchestra (with voice ad lib), Op. 410 (RV 410)
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Even in an age of thrilling countertenors, Max Emanuel Cencic stands out for the heroic scale and brilliance of his voice, his expansive lyricism, and his imagination and enterprise in choice of repertoire. Cencic has excelled as both a soprano and a mezzo-soprano, and Fantastic Cencic showcases his extraordinary interpretative range – from the great and lesser-known masters of the Baroque to the bel canto of Rossini and composers of the Romantic era from Schubert to Strauss. The third of these three CDs comprises recordings from the early 1990s, shortly after Cencic left the Wiener Sängerknaben, which are released here for the first time Max Emanuel Cencic is one of the top countertenors in the world today ü He is a singer who can offer heroic scale and brilliance, he is adventurous in his choice of repertoire and he has a flamboyant personality on stage Born in the former Yugoslavia (now Croatia), he joined the famous Wiener Sängerknaben at the age of 10 and has made his international base in Vienna He has not released a new Erato recording for some three years now, but the company has a substantial catalogue of his solo and operatic recordings (CD and DVD)Fantastic Cencic includes a selection of recordings he made as a boy soprano, which are released here for the first time



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Works Details

>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera :: Act I
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Michael Hofstetter
  • Ensemble: Concerto Köln
  • Notes: Composition written: 1823.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1823

>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera :: Act II
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Michael Hofstetter
  • Ensemble: I Barocchisti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1823.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1823

>Rossini, Gioachino : La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), opera :: Act I
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Michael Hofstetter
  • Ensemble: Il Complesso Barocco
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1819

>Rossini, Gioachino : Tancredi, opera :: Act I
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Michael Hofstetter
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo d'oro
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1813

>Rossini, Gioachino : Aureliano in Palmira :: Act II
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Michael Hofstetter
  • Ensemble: Genève Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1813

>Giacomelli, Geminiano : Merope :: Act III
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Running Time: 9 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Gasparini, Francesco : Flavio Anicio Olibrio :: Act I
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1708

>Porta, Costanzo : La costanza combattuta in amore :: Act III
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1716

>Caldara, Antonio : Adriano in Siria :: Act III
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1732

>Vivaldi, Antonio : La verità in cimento, RV 739 :: Act I
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 10/26/1720

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Farnace, RV 711-G :: Act III
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Ensemble: I Barocchisti
  • Running Time: 9 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 02/10/1727

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Farnace, RV 711-G :: Act II
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Ensemble: I Barocchisti
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 02/10/1727

>Vinci, Leonardo : Artaserse :: Act II
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Ezio :: Act II
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Ezio :: Act I
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Running Time: 7 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Handel, George Frideric : Faramondo, HWV 39 :: Act I
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Ensemble: I Barocchisti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1737.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1737

>Handel, George Frideric : Faramondo, HWV 39 :: Act III
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Ensemble: I Barocchisti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1737.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1737

>Handel, George Frideric : Faramondo, HWV 39 :: Act III
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Ensemble: I Barocchisti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1737.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1737

>Handel, George Frideric : Fernando, Re di Castiglia, HWV 30 :: Act I
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Alan Curtis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1732.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1732

>Handel, George Frideric : Arianna in Creta, HWV 3 :: Act II
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Ensemble: I Barocchisti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1733.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1733

>Handel, George Frideric : Imeneo, HWV 41 :: Act II
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Ensemble: I Barocchisti
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Floridante, HWV 14 :: Act I
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Ensemble: I Barocchisti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1721.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1721

>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano, HWV 18 :: Act I
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Ensemble: I Barocchisti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1724.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11 :: Act II
  • Performer: Max Cencic
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Ensemble: I Barocchisti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1715.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1715

>Schubert, Franz : Ständchen ("Leise flehen meine Lieder"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/4
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Norman Shetler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Schubert, Franz : Das Fischermädchen ("Du schönes Fischermädchen"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/10
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Norman Shetler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Schubert, Franz : Die Taubenpost ("Ich hab' eine brieftaub'"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 965a (D. 95
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Norman Shetler (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1828.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1828

>Schubert, Franz : Rosamunde, D. 797 :: Romanze
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Norman Shetler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1823

>Schubert, Franz : Die Vögel ("Wie lieblich und fröhlich"), song for voice & piano, D. 691 (Op. posth. 172/6)
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Norman Shetler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1820

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs (6), Op. 19a
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Norman Shetler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Bei der Wiege ("Schlummre! Schlummre und träume von kommender Zeit"), song for voice & piano, Op. 47
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Norman Shetler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 06/1833

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs (6), Op. 71
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Norman Shetler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/01/1847

>Mahler, Gustav : Ablösung im Sommer, song for voice & piano in D flat major (Aus der Jugendzeit Vol. 3, no 2)
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Norman Shetler (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1887-90.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1887-1890

>Mahler, Gustav : Lieder und Gesänge, vol 1
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Norman Shetler (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1880-87.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1880-1887

>Schumann, Robert : Mondnacht ("Es war als hätt der Himmel..."), song for voice & piano (Liederkreis), Op. 39/5
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Norman Shetler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Myrthen, Op. 25
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Norman Shetler (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1840.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840

>Schubert, Franz : Der Hirt auf dem Felsen ("Wenn auf dem höchsten Fels ich steh'"), for voice, clarinet (or cello) & p
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Norman Shetler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Strauss, Richard : Die Nacht, Op. 10 no 3
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Norman Shetler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Strauss, Richard : Cäcilie ("Wenn du es wüsstest"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/2 (TrV 170/2)
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Norman Shetler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (8), Op. 10
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Norman Shetler (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson, HWV 57 :: Let the Bright Seraphim
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Kazuhiro Yamawaki (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Fauré, Gabriel : Requiem :: Pie Jesu
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Kazuhiro Yamawaki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1900

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : St John Passion, BWV 245 :: Zerfließe mein Herze
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Kazuhiro Yamawaki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 04/07/1724

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera :: Canzone di Oscar
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Kazuhiro Yamawaki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Schumann, Robert : Der Nussbaum ("Es grünet ein Nussbaum vor dem Haus"), song for voice & piano (Myrthen), Op. 25/3
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Kazuhiro Yamawaki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schubert, Franz : Die Forelle ("In einem Bächlein helle"), song for voice & piano, D. 550 (Op. 32)
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Kazuhiro Yamawaki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1817

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), waltz for orchestra (with voice ad lib), Op. 410 (RV 410)
  • Performers: Max Cencic; Kazuhiro Yamawaki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1883