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Johann Adolf Hasse: Artaserse / Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani, Franco Fagioli, Maria Grazia Schiavo, Sonia Prina, Antonio Giovannini, Rosa Bove. Ens. Barocco dell'Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia [DVD]

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A classic work of its genre and historical period, Artaserse was premièred in Venice in 1730 by the most famous singers of the day: Farinelli in the role of Arbace, Cuzzoni as Mandane and the castrato Nicolino as Artabano. It was a success for Hasse, who would, in 1740 and 1760, re-propose the same work in two different versions. Our DVD features the Venetian one, in world première. The cast is extraordinary, with the countertenor Franco Fagioli giving a great performance of the role that was Farinelli's. Fagioli easily goes up and down the extension of more than three octaves, maintaining a uniform timbre and remarkable power and resonance. Also stunning, is the aria "Pallido sole" sung by Sonia Prina.

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Run Time: 189 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby Digital 5.1, PCM 2.0
Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese


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