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  • Performer: Philippe Jaroussky
  • Orchestra: Ensemble La Fenice
  • Conductor: Jean Tubéry
  • Composer: Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Battista Bassani, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Luigi Rossi, Maurizio Cazzatti, et al.
  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin Veritas (EMI Classics)
  • ASIN: B0001BFIMI
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Jean Tubery & La Fenice with Phillipe Jaroussky create here the highest expression of the musical arts. Reputed to be among the music Cardinal Mazarin brought to France from his native Italy, this is a wonderful selection, ranging from obscure pieces from unknown composers to leading lights Claudio Monteverdi, Girolamo Frescobaldi and Maurizio Cazzatti among others. If you could only ever hear one Baroque recording again, I would urge you go for this. La Fenice always manage to bring the music to life and Tubery's playing has an incredible quality that somehow makes you feel transported back almost 5 centuries. I've also a number of Jaroussky's recordings and again, this is easily the best for me. Difficult to put into words just how good this is. If you in any way enjoy renaissance/baroque music or just want to discover Phillipe Jaroussky .... actually no, regardless of everything else, do not waste your time on this earth without having experienced this :)
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More unfamiliar territory that I am most grateful to Philippe Jaroussky putting on CD and increasing my awareness of some real gems not heard before.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c83a600) out of 5 stars Music that takes you up to heaven. 30 May 2008
By Abert - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording was made back in 2003. It has taken Virgin Classics nearly 5 years to publish it.
The disc features music composed in the first half of the 17th century, mainly Italian music being introduced into France by Cardinal Mazarin.
So much for the musical background.
If you love music of the early Baroque and post-Renaissence period, this disc will surely satisfy you to the full.
The instruments employed in the small ensemble are period instruments, and the album contains showcases of various instrumental combinations. The crowning aspect of the ensembles lies in the listen-to-believe counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky's angelic voice.
Subsequent to this recording, Jaroussky has made many other solo albums mainly from the Baroque repertoire, notably Vivaldi.
While his Vivaldi is superb, the present recording, in my own view, represents the best of his vocal capabilities.
The excerpts and songs mainly focus on his middle to upper range, and with his solely head-voiced timbre, projects a stunningly serene and beautiful sound that no sopranos or mezzos are capable of: the sound is bigger, rounder, fuller and more supple. Without stretching himself as in his other Vivaldi arias, Jaroussky here concentrates on his biggest strength and absolute vocal command.
This disc really should not be missed.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c839bb8) out of 5 stars A BALANCED RECITAL OF GORGEOUS 17TH CENTURY ITALIAN MUSIC 17 Mar. 2014
By David Keymer - Published on Amazon.com
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JAROUSSKY, Philippe-CENCIC, Max Emmanuel. Duetti. Virgin. 2011. PJ, MC, countertenors; Les Arts Florissants, cond. William Christie.

JAROUSSKY, Philippe. Un Concert pour Mazarin. Virgin/Veritas. 2004 PJ, countertenor; Ensemble Las Fenice, cond. Jean Tubery.

I haven’t listened to much music performed by countertenors so recently I ordered three albums with Philippe Jaroussky, who seems to be the leading performer today. I’m still waiting for the third but the two that arrived are both good. Duetti is a mix of solos and duets featuring Jaroussky and Cenci with the chamber ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, led by keyboardist Kennedy, and composed of two violins, a cello, a theorbo or a lute, and harpsichord or organ. The music is all from early to mid-eighteenth century, duetti da camera (chamber duets), and with the exception of the final duet, “Nel cor del cor mio,” by Alessandro Scarlatti, they are by composers who have for the most part dropped out of our common memory. The music is excellent throughout. Jaroussky sings alone on a three-part suite by Francesco Mancini (Quanta mai saria piu bello). Cencic is the solo voice in Nicola Porpora’s five-part Ecco che il primo albore. The remainder of the pieces, sixteen in all, are sung in duet, a mixture of recitatives, arias and duets. The instrumental ensemble fits the voices magically. It’s just good music.

Still, if I were forced to decide between these two albums, it is the Concert pour Mazarin that would win my vote, solely because there is more variety in the program. The music is all Italian (Mazarin was Italian) and was unearthed from seventeenth-century French manuscript collections. There are compositions by Frescobaldi, Rossi and Monteverdi, as well as lesser known composers of the day (including two by the most prolific composer of all time, “anyonyme”). The sequence of pieces is pleasing: vocal selections are followed by organ solo and by instrumental music by an ensemble dominated by keyboard (organ, clavichord or harpsichord), paired and tripled baroque cornets, two violins, a bassoon and a lute (archilute). The sound of the paired cornets rising over an organ background was … heavenly! Again, Jaroussky sings with complete assurance and his tone, force and articulation are to be praised.
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HASH(0x9c83d0b4) out of 5 stars Spectacular in Every Way ! Buy It Now! 18 Feb. 2009
By Gio - Published on Amazon.com
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"A Concert for Mazarin" is not just a showcase for the great soprano Philippe Jaroussky. Cornetto virtuoso Jean Tubery catches the limelight on more tracks than Jaroussky; he and the other members of ensemble La Fenice adore this 'last-gasp of the Renaissance' repertoire, which allows them more scope for improvisation than the formal Baroque, and their enjoyment of it shows in the exuberance of their playing. Bassani, Cima, and Frescobaldi all wrote in the tradition of Renaissance "division" playing, usually in variations over chaconnes and passacaglias but sometimes over earlier 'hit' songs like La Monica, recorded here.

Jaroussky is never less than marvelous, of course, but on this CD he is spurred to excel by the cornetti, those amazingly fluid and voice-like instruments. The best tracks on the CD are the duets between Jaroussky and Tubery on mute cornetto, human and instrumental voices matching timbre and phrasing flawlessly. In fact, the uncanny similarity of Jaroussky's male soprano and Tubery cornetto constitutes a fair argument for the authenticity of counter-tenor singing for music of the 17th Century.

Tubery makes an art of playing both the curved 'black' cornetto in G, with a detachable mouthpiece, and the straight cornetto muto with its integrated mouthpiece and softer tone, usually a step lower in F. If you have no idea what a cornetto looks like, and can't quite imagine the instrument that makes such elegant sounds, I suggest you look for pictures on wikipedia or videos of a player on youtube. But the cornetto is not the only elegant player on this CD. The harpsichord and bassoon are outstanding, and the violins hold their own.

As I said above, this is not strictly speaking a Baroque concert. Rather, this music straddles the border between Renaissance Apollonian and Baroque Dionysian, between otherworldly polyphony and earthly passion. Thus you'll hear some rare experiments of genre and 'mixed style', not quite like anything earlier or later. If indeed this was the sort of music the Italian Cardinal Mazarin brought with him to the royal court of France, then Mazarin was a tasteful conservative, whose choices must have hearkened back to his Italian childhood.

Variety and virtuosity, musical wit and poetic passion - this is a 'concert' you don't want to miss.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c83a648) out of 5 stars Jaroussky is Superb 4 Sept. 2011
By Marguerite Foxon - Published on Amazon.com
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IF you love counter tenors and/or baroque vocal music dont pass this up. Its absolutely superb. Jaroussky is a counter tenor of great skill and renown but on this CD he excels. I agree with the previous reviewers comments - nothing more to add - just BUY IT!! You wont regret your purchase.
HASH(0x9c839c18) out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 April 2016
By carlos blanco - Published on Amazon.com
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The best singer!
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