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Venezia - Opera Arias of the Serenissima / Max Emanuel Cencic, countertenor

Album Summary

>Caldara, Antonio : Adriano in Siria
>Porta, Costanzo : La costanza combattuta in amore
>Anonymous, Italian : A' piedi miei svenato (attrib. Vivaldi)
>Gasparini, Francesco : Flavio Anicio Olibrio
>Anonymous, Italian : Anche in mezzo a perigliosa (attrib. Vivaldi)
>Giacomelli, Geminiano : Merope
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Argippo
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Il nascimento de l'Aurora
>Vivaldi, Antonio : La verita in cimento
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Motezuma
>Sellitto, Giuseppe : Nitocri
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

For today's audiences, Vivaldi's name exemplifies Venetian opera in the early 18th century - but he was not the only composer to shape the distinctive musical aesthetic of the great trading city known as La Serenissima. In this release of arias by Vivaldi and his contemporaries, countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic further explores Venice's contribution to world's rich store of Baroque opera. Cencic recreates the Venetian ambiance with the support of Italian violinist/conductor Riccardo Minasi and his ensemble II Pomo d'Oro.

Cencis assembled a richly varied program of arias with a number of exquisite rarities. Vivaldi is represented by several pieces, while other composers include the Venetians Albinoni, Caldara and Porta and two composers born elsewhere in Italy, but who became closely associated with Venice: Gaspararini (born in Lucca), who employed Vivaldi at the Ospedale della Pieta and who became something of a mentor to him, and Giacomelli (born in Piacenza), whose style was very close to Vivaldi's; his touching aria 'Sposa, non mi conosci' was 'borrowed' and transformed by Vivaldi into the celebrated 'Sposa son disprezzata' from Bajazet.

Along with a fascinating exploration of the cross-currents of Venetian Baroque style, Cencic offers both virtuoso fireworks and gentle lyricism, both ignited by the spark of spontaneity.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013
Cencic negotiates the vocal acrobatics of this repertoire effortlessy - his voice light and agile, his technique sure. But he is no mere showman, and responds to dramatic situations with singing that is by turns tender and seductive, fiery and furious, shaping and articulating melodic lines with a real sense of their poetry...Minasi directs some vibrant playing from Italian ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro, which really sing in the open, resonant acoustic.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2013
Cencic and Il Pomo d'Oro both have a predilection for flamboyant gestures, so there is plenty of visceral energy in quick music...Minasi also allows slower music to breathe softly...Cencic is supremely talented at getting around fast coloratura passages...but reflective lyrical arias prove to be more memorable.

MusicWeb International, 19th April 2013
Cencic reveals here just why he is so suited to this; his voice is virtuosic but full of colour, his command of divisions sounds absolute, and his theatrical musicality is everywhere apparent.

Sunday Times, 10th February 2013
If the Vivaldi items here seem generic, they are undoubtedly show stoppers. Yet it is the slow arias from forgotten operas by Giovanni Porta and Francesco Gasparini that show Cencic's plush, beautifully integrated timbre and yearning, soulful expression at the height of his powers. Dazzling.

The Telegraph, 8th February 2013
The fire and ferocity that he brought to the title role of Farnace are replicated in the first number...Cencic triumphantly displays the extent of his range, and in the aria as a whole his athleticism is lithe, his negotiation of the music's pearly necklaces of coloratura absolutely secure.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Rossa of Villa San Fermo, Lonigo, Vicenza, Italy (08/27/2012-09/03/2012).



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Works Details

>Caldara, Antonio : Adriano in Siria :: Act 3. Scene 5. Barbaro non comprendo
  • Performer: Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
  • Notes: Sala Rossa of Villa San Fermo, Lonigo, Vicenza, Italy (08/27/2012-09/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1732

>Porta, Costanzo : La costanza combattuta in amore :: Act 3. Scene 8. Mormorando quelle fronde
  • Performer: Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
  • Notes: Sala Rossa of Villa San Fermo, Lonigo, Vicenza, Italy (08/27/2012-09/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1716

>Anonymous, Italian : A' piedi miei svenato (attrib. Vivaldi)
  • Performer: Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
  • Notes: Sala Rossa of Villa San Fermo, Lonigo, Vicenza, Italy (08/27/2012-09/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal

>Gasparini, Francesco : Flavio Anicio Olibrio :: Act 1. Scene 2. Dolce mio ben, mia vita
  • Performer: Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
  • Notes: Sala Rossa of Villa San Fermo, Lonigo, Vicenza, Italy (08/27/2012-09/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1708

>Anonymous, Italian : Anche in mezzo a perigliosa (attrib. Vivaldi)
  • Performer: Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
  • Notes: Sala Rossa of Villa San Fermo, Lonigo, Vicenza, Italy (08/27/2012-09/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.

>Giacomelli, Geminiano : Merope :: Act 3. Scene 7. Sposa... non mi conosci
  • Performer: Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
  • Notes: Sala Rossa of Villa San Fermo, Lonigo, Vicenza, Italy (08/27/2012-09/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1734

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Argippo :: Act 2. Scene 6. Io son rea dell'onor mio
  • Performer: Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
  • Notes: Sala Rossa of Villa San Fermo, Lonigo, Vicenza, Italy (08/27/2012-09/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1730

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Il nascimento de l'Aurora :: no 49. Pianta bella, pianta amata
  • Performers: Max Cencic (Countertenor); Stefano Marocchi (Viola)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
  • Notes: Sala Rossa of Villa San Fermo, Lonigo, Vicenza, Italy (08/27/2012-09/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1708

>Vivaldi, Antonio : La verità in cimento :: Act 1. Scene 2. Mi vuoi tradir, lo so
  • Performer: Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
  • Notes: Sala Rossa of Villa San Fermo, Lonigo, Vicenza, Italy (08/27/2012-09/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 10/26/1720

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Motezuma :: Act 2. Scene 3. Quel rossor che in volto miri
  • Performer: Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
  • Notes: Sala Rossa of Villa San Fermo, Lonigo, Vicenza, Italy (08/27/2012-09/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/14/1733

>Sellitto, Giuseppe : Nitocri :: Act 1. Scene 3. Anche un misero arboscello
  • Performer: Max Cencic (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Minasi
  • Ensemble: Il Pomo d'Oro
  • Notes: Sala Rossa of Villa San Fermo, Lonigo, Vicenza, Italy (08/27/2012-09/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1733