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This review is from: Duetti (Audio CD)
This lovely disc of baroque chamber duets and cantatas is not quite the revelation that was anticipated when I first heard that Cencic, Jaroussky and Christie were planning to record together. That said, the little known work from Conti and Marcello are revelations, outstandingly subtle and beautiful. The Porpora selection only confirms that his work must continue to be rediscovered and recorded. Cencic is particularly stunning in the Porpora, and it is great to hear him go softly softly rather than setting the vocal fireworks off as he did on his Handel disc and the recent excellent Farnace recording. His is a truly distinctive countertenor voice and he is a wonderful performer on stage and on disc. Jaroussky's beautiful but far more limited voice is not always the best foil for Cencic. He sounds a bit sharp and shrill on the initial Bononcini, but is much better with the Porpora and Scarlatti. His technique is often strained (I've noticed this on stage as well) and he, like Andreas Scholl, is a lovely singer but no performer. Cencic's vivid tones and range make him (and Christie and players) the highlight of this disc, and offer more evidence that he is the heir presumptive to the great David Daniels.
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Initial post: 1 Dec 2011 17:00:19 GMT
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Astonishing how Jaroussky sings "better" in the Porpora, which actually is Cencic´s solo cantata. If you are unable to hear even that, I wonder how you find yourself able to criticize Jaroussky so severely?
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