Title - 'Arie Napoletane'
Artist - Max Emanuel Cencic
In recent years Max Emanuel Cencic has become recognised as one of the world’s supreme countertenors. He first became known internationally as a member of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, before launching his solo career in 1992 as a soprano, and from 2001 as a countertenor. He now performs at such major opera houses as the Vienna State Opera, the Theater an der Wien, the Bavarian State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Liceu, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and La Monnaie.
Early milestones in his career included his Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea) in Basel in 2003, (Opernwelt: Best New Singer of the Year), and the Herald in the world premiere of Aribert Reimann’s Medea at the Vienna State Opera in 2010. Especially noteworthy in 2011-12 were appearances at the Liceu, alongside Plácido Domingo, a US tour with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and solo recitals at the Palais de Versailles, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Handel Festival in Karlsruhe, Zagreb’s Lisinski Hall and the Onassis Hall, Athens.
Now, the award-winning Cencic celebrates the musical riches of Naples in his latest solo album for Decca. Arie Napoletane follows naturally from the prodigious countertenor’s critically acclaimed recording of opera arias by Hasse, Rokoko. This new album, out now on Decca Records, comprises ten world premiere recordings of virtuoso arias by Porpora, Leo, Vinci and Alessandro Scarlatti.
The stunningly beautiful, truly artistic Arie Napoletane ranges across musical territory comparable to that explored by Cecilia Bartoli in her pioneering Sacrificium album for Decca, reviving the energy and vitality of arias that faded into obscurity with the disappearance of the castrati (male singers castrated shortly before or around puberty to preserve the pristine beauty of their boyhood voices).
Indeed, Cencic’s wide vocal range and insightful musicianship, cultivated since his time as a member of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, are here directed to the interpretation of this fine works conceived by key members of the Neapolitan School of composers. Check this new CD out today - you won't regret it, of that you have my word.