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Title - 'Porpora: Opera Arias' [Decca Classics]
Artist - Max Cenčić & Armonia Atenea

Grammy-nominated artist Max Emanuel Cenčić presents Nicola Porpora: Opera Arias, to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Porpora’s death.

The album features 7 world premiere recordings including ‘Se rea ti vuole il cielo’ from Carlo il Calvo and Cenčić is joined by Armonia Atenea and conductor George Petrou.

For those not in the know, Nicola Porpora was an Italian composer and teacher of singing of the Baroque era, whose most famous singing student was the castrato Farinelli. Other students included composers Matteo Capranica and Joseph Haydn.

Led here by the aforementioned countertenor Max Emanuel Cenčić, his combination of beautiful, pure tone and passionate delivery has made him one of today’s most sought after singers.

Born in 1976 in Zagreb, Cenčić’s extensive CD catalogue has won many awards, including eleven prizes for his Faramondo, four for a recital of Handel arias, and Germany’s prestigious Echo Klassik prize for his Duetti album.

He also sang the role of Valentiniano in the recording of Gluck’s opera Ezio, which also won an Echo Klassik prize, as did Leonardo Vinci’s Artaserse (all Virgin Classics).

1. 'Se tu la reggi al volo' (from Ezio)
2. 'Torbido intorno al core' (from Meride e Selinunte)
3. 'Tu spietato non farai' (from Ifigenia in Aulide)
4. 'Ove l'erbetta tenera e molle' (from Filandro-Philander)*
5. 'Destrier che all'armi usato' (from Poro)
6. 'Chi vuol salva la patria e l'onore' (from Enea nel Lazio)*
7. 'Va per le vene il sangue' (from Il trionfo di Camilla)
8. 'Se rea ti vuole il cielo' (from Carlo il Calvo)*
9. 'Quando s'oscura il cielo' (from Carlo il Calvo)*
10. 'Lieto sarò di questa vita' (from Ezio)*
11. 'So che tiranno io sono' (from Carlo il Calvo)*
12. 'Torcere il corso all'onde' (from Il trionfo di Camilla)*
13. 'D'esser già parmi quell'arboscello' (from Filandro-Philander)
14. 'Nume che reggi il mare' (from Arianna in Naxo)

In truth, ever since I first heard Cenčić in the splendid recording of Handel's "Faramondo", I have been collecting his work. This artist seems to me the closest we can get to some of the famous castrati of the past.

The passion he is able to infuse into his singing is really exceptional, since that is not a quality usually associated with countertenors.

Here on Porpora: Opera Arias the man can, as I knew would be the fact, not put a musical foot wrong. Cenčić puts his all into this performance and I cannot imagine this being equaled, let alone surpassed.

The florid music in the first aria, and the others in a similar vein, is sung with panache. His rapid passages are clean. The trills are genuine, not an approximation. So brace yourself for a splendid survey of music that is not only new to Croatian born, Austria based Cenčić but also to us. Simply put, the voice of Cenčić, quite literally, brought me back up on the edge of my chair where I remained for the duration of the CD. Once purchased by you, I feel you will experience the same. In fact, I know you will.

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