Fantastic Cencic [3 CD set]

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Fantastic Cencic [3 CD set]
Max Emanuel Cencic (counter-tenor) / I Barocchisti, Concerto Koln, Il Pomo d'oro, etc / Norman Sheiler, Kazuhiro Hofstetter (piano)

[ Warner Classics / Erato / 3 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Thursday 20 October 2016

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Even in an age of thrilling countertenors, Max Emanuel Cencic stands out for the heroic scale and brilliance of his voice, his expansive lyricism, and his imagination and enterprise in choice of repertoire. Cencic has excelled as both a soprano and a mezzo-soprano, and Fantastic Cencic showcases his extraordinary interpretative range - from the great and lesser-known masters of the Baroque to the bel canto of Rossini and composers of the Romantic era from Schubert to Strauss. The third of these three CDs comprises recordings from the early 1990s, shortly after Cencic left the Wiener Sängerknaben, which are released here for the first time.

"Cencic negotiates the vocal acrobatics of this repertoire effortlessy - his voice light and agile, his technique sure. But he is no mere showman, and responds to dramatic situations with singing that is by turns tender and seductive, fiery and furious, shaping and articulating melodic lines with a real sense of their poetry...Minasi directs some vibrant playing from Italian ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro, which really sing in the open, resonant acoustic." BBC Music on 'Venezia' Five Stars

"Fasolis gives a vibrant account of a fine score with supple rhythms, well-judged tempos and dramatically charged recitative imparting character at every turn...Cencic enlivens [the title-role] with expressive virtuosity." (BBC Music on 'Farnace' Five Stars)

Tracks:

Bach, J S:
St John Passion, BWV245: Zerfliesse, mein Herze

Caldara:
Barbaro non comprendo (from Adriano in Siria)

Fauré:
Requiem: Pie Jesu

Gasparini:
Dolce mio ben, mia vita (from Flavio Anicio Olibrio)

Giacomelli:
Sposa non mi conosci (from Merope)

Gluck:
Dubbioso amante (from Ezio)
Se tu lo reggi al volo (from Ezio)

Handel:
Sebben mi lusinga (from Faramondo)
Voglio che sia l'indegno (from Fernando, Re di Castiglia)
Virtu, che rende (from Fernando, Re di Castiglia)
Salda quercia (from Arianna)
Sorge nell'alma mia (from Imeneo)
Alma mia (from Floridante)
Benché mi sprezzi (from Tamerlano)
Pena tiranna (from Amadigi)
Samson: Let the bright seraphim

Mahler:
Ablösung im Sommer (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)
Hans und Grete (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Mendelssohn:
Neue Liebe, Op. 19a No. 4
Bei der Wiege, Op. 47 No. 6
Nachtlied, Op. 71 No. 6

Porta, G:
Mormorando quelle fronde (from La costanza combattuta in amore)

Rossini:
Eccomi alfine in Babilonia (from Semiramide)
In si barbara sciagura (from Semiramide)
Mura felici (from La donna del lago)
O patria...Di tanti palpiti (from Tancredi)
Dolci silvestri... Perché mai le luci apprimo Arsace (from Aureliano in Palmira)

Schubert:
Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4
Das Fischermädchen D957 No. 10
Die Taubenpost, D965A (D957 No. 14)
Rosamunde, D797: Romance 'Der Vollmond Strahlt auf Bergeshöh'n'
Die Vogel D691
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D965 (Von Chezy / Muller)
Die Forelle, D550

Schumann:
Mondnacht (No. 5 from Liederkreis, Op. 39)
Widmung, Op. 25 No. 1
Der Nussbaum, Op. 25 No. 3

Strauss, J, II:
Frühlingsstimmen Walzer Op. 410

Strauss, R:
Die Nacht, Op. 10 No. 3
Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2
Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Verdi:
Saper vorreste (from Un Ballo in Maschera)

Vinci, Leonardo:
Va' tra le selve ircane (from Artaserse)

Vivaldi:
Mi vuoi tradir lo so (La verità in cimento, RV 739)
Gelido in ogni vena (from Il Farnace, RV711)
Gemo in punto e fremo (from L'Olimpiade RV725)