Magazine article Gramophone

Minasi and His Ensemble in Recital Discs from Countertenors Cencic and Sabata

Magazine article Gramophone

Minasi and His Ensemble in Recital Discs from Countertenors Cencic and Sabata

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'Venezia'

'Opera Arias of the Serenissima' Albinoni Il nascimento de l'Aurora--Pianta bella, pianta amata Caldara Adriano in Siria--Barbaro non comprendo Gasparini Flavio Anicio Olibrio--Dolce mio ben, mia vita Giacomelli Merope Sposa...non mi conosci Porta La costanza combattuta in amore--Mormorando quelle fronde Sellito Nitocri--Anche un misero arboscello Vivaldi Argippo--Io son rea dell'onor mio. Motezuma Quel rossorche in volto miri. La verita in cimentoMi vuoi tradir, loso attrib Vivaldi Anche in mezzo a perigliosa. A' piedi miei svenato

Max Emanuel Cencic counterten

Il Pomo d'Oro/Riccardo Minasi

Virgin Classics (F) 464545-2 (63' * DDD)

Handel

'Bad Guys'

Amadigi di Gaula--Agitato il cor mi sento. Pena tiranna. Ariodante--Dover, giustizia, amor. Se l'inganno sortisce felice. Spero per voi, si, si. Giulio Cesare inEgitto -Belle dee di questo core. Domero la tua fierezza. Ottone, re di Germania--Bel labbro formata. D'innalzar i flutti al ciel. Tamerlano--Vo'dar pace a un' alma altiera. Teseo--Serenatevi, o luci belle. Voglio stragi, e voglio morte

Xavier Sabata counterten

Il Pomo d'Oro/Riccardo Minasi

Aparte (F) AP048 (53' * DDD * T/t)

Il Pomo d'Oro only formed last year but the band already have a prolific recording profile, with several Naive Vivaldi Edition volumes under their belt. Now they are involved in two countertenor recitals, both directed by the orchestra's principal concertmaster Riccardo Minasi. Max Emanuel Cencic places a few Vivaldi arias (including some whose authorship is uncertain) alongside an attractive variety of music by close contemporaries who were either Venetian compatriots or at least had close ties to the city. Cencic and Il Pomo d'Oro both have a predilection for flamboyant gestures, so there is plenty of visceral energy in quick music such as 'Barbaro non comprendo' (from Caldara's Adriano in Siria). Minasi also allows slower music to breathe softly, such as the beguiling pastoral 'Mormorando quelle fronde' (from Porta's La costanza combattuta in amore), during which two concertino violins play in tandem with pizzicato strings. Cencic is supremely talented at getting around fast coloratura passages ('Io son rea dell'onor mio' from Vivaldi's Argippo)but reflective lyrical arias prove to be more memorable, such as Apollo's 'Pianta bella' from Albinoni's serenata Il nascimento de l'Aurora. …

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