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Venezia - Opera Arias of the Serenissima


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  • Audio CD (4 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00A8OBSX6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Adriano in Siria - Act III: Barbaro non comprendoMax Emanuel Cencic/Il Pomo d'Oro/Riccardo Minasi 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. La costanza combattuta in amore - Act III: Mormorando quelle frondeMax Emanuel Cencic/Il Pomo d'Oro/Riccardo Minasi 8:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. A' piedi miei svenatoMax Emanuel Cencic/Il Pomo d'Oro/Riccardo Minasi 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Flavio Anicio Olibrio - Act I: Dolce mio ben, mia vitaMax Emanuel Cencic/Il Pomo d'Oro/Riccardo Minasi 4:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Anche in mezzo a perigliosaMax Emanuel Cencic/Il Pomo d'Oro/Riccardo Minasi 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Merope - Act III: Sposa... non mi conosciMax Emanuel Cencic/Il Pomo d'Oro/Riccardo Minasi 9:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Argippo, RV 697 - Act II: Io son rea dell'onor mioMax Emanuel Cencic/Il Pomo d'Oro/Riccardo Minasi 5:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Il nascimento de l'Aurora: Pianta bella, pianta amataMax Emanuel Cencic/Il Pomo d'Oro/Riccardo Minasi 6:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. La verità in cimento, RV 739 - Act I: Mi vuoi tradir lo soMax Emanuel Cencic/Il Pomo d'Oro/Riccardo Minasi 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Motezuma, RV 723 - Act II: Quel rossor che in volto miriMax Emanuel Cencic/Il Pomo d'Oro/Riccardo Minasi 8:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Nitocri - Act I: Anche un misero arboscelloMax Emanuel Cencic/Il Pomo d'Oro/Riccardo Minasi 4:58£0.99  Buy MP3 

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VIR 4645452; VIRGIN - Italia; Classica Lirica Recital

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Philip Herring on 8 Feb 2013
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Cencic clearly is improving with age - I have never heard him sing so beautifully and dramatically. His CD, with ravishing orchestration provided by the seventeen-strong Il Pomo d'oro, consists of extracts from composers of Opera Seria working in Venice in the early 18thc. , many of them unfairly neglected. I was very grateful to be introduced to Porta, Gasparini, Giacomelli, and Sellito and to be re-aquainted with Caldara, Albinoni and Vivaldi. Most of Vivaldi's arias and that of Caldara are dark,stirring and wrathful, with Cencic giving full rein to his bravura coloratura. Porta's manages to convey the apprehension in the libretto through melodic arabesques and despite a lighter treatment . Cencic infuses Gasparini's affecting and gently unfolding 'Dolce mio ben' with all the adoration and devotion required.Similarly, he imparts to us the combination of lamentation and desperation in Giacomelli's lyrical ' Sposa...non mi'. Albinoni's 'Pianta bella' marks a high point on this CD and gives us another dimension of this man (only remembered for his 'Adagio'),who was,in fact, a prolific producer of operas. Cencic brings out the compassionate poignancy of his gently flowing melodic lines. Equally arresting is Vivaldi's aria from Motezuma, moving at a regal pace and full of florid yet moving passages. The defiant,bright and virtuosic aria by Sellitto provides a stimulating 'coda' to this collection. If you adore superlative counter-tenor singing ,which can capture all the emotions of the text ,and all things Venetian ( and even 'Rococo' packaging) you must immerse yourself for an hour in these fulgent arias of the Serenissima
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geoffers on 16 April 2013
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Max Emanuel Cencic can do no wrong for me. His was the first counter tenor voice that made me sit up and pay attention. The obvious dedication to his craft, the faultless technique, the unparalleled musical intelligence coupled with a perfectly judged emotional intensity, and above all a simply wonderful voice, make up his art.

This recording is a set of Venice-related arias, and showcases some slightly lesser known composers and arias well worth adding to your catalogue, and Max seems to have found a niche recording gap, not for the first time. (However Max, never give up the greatest of them all - Handel - where the sheer quality and challenge of the music allows you to shine like nowhere and no-one else.)

This is an excellent recording with Il Pomo d'oro and Riccardo Minasi providing a scintillating setting. I don't hesitate to recommend it. (The perhaps unfair loss of one star is because the repertoire cannot [of course] meet top Handelian standards.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Mar 2014
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...anything of great significance to the existing reviews here. The singing of Max Emanuel Cenčić is of course gorgeous, but if I refrain from giving this a full five stars, it's because the programme is a little unbalanced for me and could do with some highly dramatic pieces, rage arias, which it rather lacks. The latest (at the time of writing) compilation from Cenčić, Rokoko - Hasse Opera Arias, is more rounded in this respect, and is a preferable place to start for those new to Cenčić, better showcasing his versatility and virtuosity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iain C. Davidson on 31 May 2014
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I think I can safely say that Max Cencic is my favourite countertenor at the moment. The voice is stunning, smooth, rounded and silky with a terrific range and his coloratura is always amazing. There's something else incredibly satisfying too and I can only describe it as flamboyance - everything is so assured and confident and glossy and I love it. This is a very good recital made up of a number of Vivaldi items interspersed with arias from less familiar composers, some totally new to me such as Porta and Sellitto. My favourite number is probably the gorgeously delicate 'Mormorando quelle fronde' by Porta (strings and harpsichord) which is pretty much on repeat on my iPad along with the dramatic 'Io son rea' from Vivaldi's 'Argippo' and the hectic 'Barbaro non comprendo' by Caldara (fantastic coloratura here).

There is really strong support from Il Pomo d'Oro conducted by Riccardo Minasi. If you love baroque opera then you will adore this!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia-head-in-a-book on 21 Feb 2013
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I must admit I was not familiar with Max Emanuel Cencic's name before I discovered him when browsing for something new to add to my Mp3 player recently, but what a find! He has the most gloriously silky tone and superb agility in this collection and his voice and artistry are mesmerising. I have long been a fan of the counter-tenor voice and have a lot of CDs of Andreas Scholl but this young singer has found a place in my heart already. I would recommend this album without hesitation. The singing is top-notch and the musical accompaniment is thrilling. I'm sure you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Duke of Sheffield on 15 Mar 2013
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Blissful singing of some wonderful, and in some cases, rare music.
If you love good counter tenors than this is definitely for you!
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