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Duetti / Philippe Jaroussky; Max Emanuel Cencic

Audio Samples

>Bononcini, Giovanni : Pietoso nume arcier, chamber duet for 2 voices & continuo
>Mancini, Francesco : Quanto mai saria piu bello, solo cantata
>Cont, Francesco Bartolomeo : Quando veggo un'usignolo; cantata a due soprani con istromenti
>     Aria à 2. Quando veggo un'usignolo
>Bononcini, Giovanni : Chi d'amor tra le catene, chamber duet for 2 voices & continuo
>Porpora, Nicola : Ecco che il primo albore, cantata for voice & violin
>Marcello, Benedetto : Chiaro e limpido fonte, for 2 voices, 2 violins & continuo, SF. 404
>Marcello, Benedetto : Tirsi e Fileno, cantata
>     Tirsi e Fileno, cantata
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Amore e Virtu, cantata
>     Amore e Virtú, cantata

Album Summary

>Bononcini, Giovanni : Pietoso nume arcier, chamber duet for 2 voices & continuo
>Mancini, Francesco : Quanto mai saria piu bello, solo cantata
>Cont, Francesco Bartolomeo : Quando veggo un'usignolo; cantata a due soprani con istromenti
>Bononcini, Giovanni : Chi d'amor tra le catene, chamber duet for 2 voices & continuo
>Porpora, Nicola : Ecco che il primo albore, cantata for voice & violin
>Marcello, Benedetto : Chiaro e limpido fonte, for 2 voices, 2 violins & continuo, SF. 404
>Marcello, Benedetto : Tirsi e Fileno, cantata
>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Amore e Virtu, cantata
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Two star countertenors, Philippe Jaroussky and Max Emanuel Cencic, join William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, for a programme of chamber-scale duets and arias by Italian composers of the early 18th century. As Jaroussky says, these are "duets of great beauty, where the two voices entwine in a way that is sometimes very sophisticated, but also very sensual." The contrasting and complementary talents of two star countertenors, Philippe Jaroussky and Max Emanuel Cencic, come to the fore in this programme of chamber-scale duets and arias by Italian composers of the early 18th century: Porpora, Mancini, Bononcini, Marcello, Conti and Alessandro Scarlatti. Two instrumental items by Corelli are also included in this richly filled programme, based on concerts presented by Jaroussky, Cencic and Les Arts Florissants under William Christie's direction in France and Spain in early 2011. Both countertenors are virtuosic performers, but Jaroussky is especially famed for the gracefulness of his vocalism, whether in brilliant castrato arias or his Virgin Classics album of belle époque song, Opium, while Cencic favours a more assertive and athletic style, which served him well in his breathtaking recital of Rossini arias for Virgin Classics.

"Each singer brings his own individual vocal and expresive qualities to the fore in a solo cantata: Jaroussky is sweetly beguiling in Francesco Mancini's 'Quanto mai saro piu bello'...whereas Cencic's theatrical talent for gutsier declamatory coloratura takes centre stage in Porpora's 'Ecco che il primo albore'. The intuitive duet-singing works charmingly, not least becuase the adaptable Cencic sings intimately and softly in order to match Jaroussky's gentler timbre." -Gramophone

"What is startling in this recording is the power of initmacy, as entwining voices and instruments ensnare the listener...Jaroussky's sense of nuance is especially fine: he caresses words and gestures with a painterly delicacy...when singing with Jaroussky, Cencic allows their vocal timbres to blend gorgeously...Above all, the artists collectively adhere to the sine qua non of performing this repertory: seeming effortlessness." -BBC Music Magazine

The Guardian
The contrast between the two is wonderfully exploited in the duets by Bononcini and the cantatas by Conti, Marcello and Alessandro Scarlatti, in which Cencic calibrates his naturally more powerful sound to balance the dimensions of Jaroussky's voice. Christie, it almost goes without saying, organises perfectly judged accompaniments.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
I first heard Jaroussky and Cencic together when they performed Il Sant'Alessio in New York in 2007, and I described their heart wrenching scene when the Saint does not recognize his wife - though they are inches apart and face to face - as "pain, grief, and irony [made] palpable and unnerving" (DVD, N/D 2008, p 263). I praised two Jaroussky solo programs with Ensemble Artaserse, one of Ferrari (Ambroisie 9932, N/D 2003) and the other of Stabat Mater settings (Virgin 69390, S/O 2010, p 278). John Barker describes an excellent solo CD by Cencic of Handel arias (Virgin 94574, M/A 2011) and encourages us to learn more about Caldara from a fine solo CD by Jaroussky (Virgin 41927, M/J 2011).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Colonne, Paris (01/19/2011-01/23/2011).



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>Bononcini, Giovanni : Pietoso nume arcier, chamber duet for 2 voices & continuo
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (01/19/2011-01/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Mancini, Francesco : Quanto mai saria piú bello, solo cantata
  • Performer: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (01/19/2011-01/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cont, Francesco Bartolomeo : Quando veggo un'usignolo; cantata a due soprani con istromenti :: Aria à 2. Quando veggo un'usignolo
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (01/19/2011-01/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Bononcini, Giovanni : Chi d'amor tra le catene, chamber duet for 2 voices & continuo
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (01/19/2011-01/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Porpora, Nicola : Ecco che il primo albore, cantata for voice & violin
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (01/19/2011-01/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Marcello, Benedetto : Chiaro e limpido fonte, for 2 voices, 2 violins & continuo, SF. 404
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (01/19/2011-01/23/2011)
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Marcello, Benedetto : Tirsi e Fileno, cantata :: Tirsi e Fileno, cantata
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (01/19/2011-01/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Amore e Virtú, cantata :: Amore e Virtú, cantata
  • Performers: Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Notes: Salle Colonne, Paris (01/19/2011-01/23/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque