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Rokoko - Hasse Opera Arias / Max Emmanuel Cencic


Release Date: 03/11/2014 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 002001602  
Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Max Emanuel CencicTheorodos Kitsos
Conductor:  George Petrou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Launching his new recording contract with Decca Classics, critically-acclaimed countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic performs arias from the finest of Hasse’s dramatic works. From the exquisite delicacy of the aria di sostenuto to the fiery passion of the aria di bravura, Cencic’s sensational performances bring Hasse’s greatest works to a new audience, brilliantly fresh and with maximum effect.

Rokoko follows on from Cencic’s incredibly well received Alessandro on Decca Classics. Critics from the world’s leading press recognised the album’s outstanding qualities: Gramophone described it as “an essential purchase”; Opera News observed that Cencic “commands the music totally”, while Diapason awarded it Diapason de l’or de l’annee and
Read more it also won recognition in the International Opera Awards in London.

Johann Adolf Hasse (1699 – 1783), known during his life as “the father of music” (il padre della musica) enjoyed fame throughout Europe in a career spanning six decades. One of the most well-known and prolific composers of the opera seria, around 70 of his dramatic works survive today.

For this new recording Cencic is accompanied by the superb Armonia Atenea under their internationally-renowned conductor, George Petrou This programme of some of Hasse’s finest dramatic works shines a spotlight on some remarkable music and the vocal and dramatic abilities of the performers; none more perfect for this repertoire than Cencic, Armonia Atenea and Petrou.

“I am deeply honoured to be collaborating with the outstanding Decca Classics label, renowned worldwide for its emphasis on the art of the voice. Names such as Pavarotti and Sutherland, Bartoli and Fleming are legends of classical music, and it will be a huge challenge for me as an artist to live up to this high standard of quality.” - Max Emanuel Cencic

“Max Cencic has impressed me both as one of the outstanding counter-tenors of his generation and also as an extraordinary entrepreneur with his company Parnassus Arts Productions, which records and tours some of the most exciting productions in Baroque opera today”. - Paul Moseley, Managing Director Decca Classics
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Works on This Recording

1.
Tito Vespasiano: Vo disperato a morte by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Max Emanuel Cencic (Countertenor)
Conductor:  George Petrou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1735; Italy 
2.
L'Olimpiade: Siam navi all’onde algenti by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Max Emanuel Cencic (Countertenor)
Conductor:  George Petrou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
Period: Baroque 
3.
Il Trionfo di Clelia: Dei di Roma, ah perdonate! by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Max Emanuel Cencic (Countertenor)
Conductor:  George Petrou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
Period: Baroque 
4.
Concerto for Mandolin, Strings and Basso Continuo in G major by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Theorodos Kitsos (Mandolin)
Conductor:  George Petrou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
5.
Il cantico de' tre fanciulli: Notte amica by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Max Emanuel Cencic (Countertenor)
Conductor:  George Petrou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
Period: Baroque 
6.
Arminio: Cadro ma qual si mira by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Max Emanuel Cencic (Countertenor)
Conductor:  George Petrou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
Period: Baroque 
7.
Il Siroe: La sorte mia tiranna by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Max Emanuel Cencic (Countertenor)
Conductor:  George Petrou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
Period: Baroque 
8.
Tito Vespasiano: Opprimete i contumaci by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Max Emanuel Cencic (Countertenor)
Conductor:  George Petrou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
Period: Baroque 
9.
Impermestra: Ma rendi pur contento by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Max Emanuel Cencic (Countertenor)
Conductor:  George Petrou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
Period: Baroque 
10.
Il Trionfo di Clelia: De' folgori di giove by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Max Emanuel Cencic (Countertenor)
Conductor:  George Petrou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
Period: Baroque 
11.
La Spartana Generosa: Se un tenero affetto by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Max Emanuel Cencic (Countertenor)
Conductor:  George Petrou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
Period: Baroque 
12.
Tigrane: Solca il mar by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Max Emanuel Cencic (Countertenor)
Conductor:  George Petrou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Armonia Atenea
Period: Baroque 

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