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Brilliant countertenor duets,
This review is from: Duetti (Audio CD)
There are many recital CDs with duets from the Baroque, many of them sung by a soprano and an alto, but normally, those are women ... and the albums splendid. That Baroque duets sung by two countertenors can sound at least as good and present the most euphonious and virtuoso musical dialoguing thinkable, comes as a bit of a surprise. Especially Philippe Jaroussky, who sings in the soprano range all through the album, shines with his incredibly clear voice tone, perfect modulation and deeply moving interpretation all through, and with a coloratura technique that is simply stunning. The voice of Max E. Cencic, who mostly sings in the alto range, has its rough edges, the tone in the middle register is often harsh, and in the higher range and with some of the more complex passages he sounds quite strained, but together with Jaroussky he obviously does his best, and the result is very pleasant. Not forgotten should be the excellent "Les Arts Florissants" chamber ensemble with basso continuo and two violins which is led and inspired by the great William Christie ... to whom, by the way, the career of Cencic owes a lot. And before all that, the today mostly unknown brilliant composers Benedetto Marcello, Giovanni Bononcini, Francesco Conti, Nicola Porpora and Francesco Mancini (everyone knows Alessandro Scarlatti) composed simply wonderful chamber duets and cantatas, which truly deserve to be heard more often.