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Classical - Released November 1, 2010 | Warner Classics

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Full Operas - Released September 28, 2012 | Warner Classics

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The opera libretto Artaserse (Artaxerxes) by Pietro Metastasio was the hit of the 18th century opera seria. It was set more than 40 times, including once in English (by Thomas Arne), and its popularity lasted into the 19th century. The opera by Leonardo Vinci recorded here, however, was the very first one, dating from 1730. It's easy to see even at this late date why Metastasio's libretto appealed to opera composers and operagoers so much. The story, concerning the Persian king Xerxes' son Artaxerxes I (based very loosely on actual events), features royal pomp, young love, betrayal, tragic self-sacrifice, and, to top it all off, a happy ending. Musically the opera is odd by present-day standards; it called for an all-male cast, women being banned from Roman theaters at the time. The cast consisted of five castrati, sung here by countertenors, and one tenor, the villain Artabano. It's a big work, with sober processionals and spectacular arias for almost all the characters. French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky has never been in better voice, but the performance is equally notable for introducing some lesser-known countertenors, such as the creamy-voiced Valer Barna-Sabadus as Semira, Artaserse's frustrated lover. It's not until now, as a matter of fact, that a critical mass of countertenors has been available to perform music of this difficulty, and the results are worth hearing on several levels. Slowly but surely, the history of opera in the 18th century is being rewritten.
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Classical - Released January 5, 2015 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 1, 2013 | Warner Classics International

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Secular Vocal Music - Released March 3, 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 7, 2016 | Erato - Warner Classics

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There are several possible reasons to hear this album of church cantatas by French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky. You might be curious as to how he fares for the first time through an entire disc in the German language, and the answer is that he's done his homework. You might be pleased to find that Telemann, writing solo cantatas here, proved an adept imitator of the Bach style. You might enjoy the lively sound of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under violinist-director Petra Müllejans, who appreciates the forward-looking quality of this music (even Bach's) and gives it the right rhythmic drive. And the oboe work of Ann-Kathrin Brüggemann, weaving in and out of Jaroussky's vocal lines, is a pleasure. Yet the main attraction, as always with this creamy-voiced soul, is Jaroussky's instrument itself, undiminished by a decade in the classical Top Ten. You can't go wrong in sampling, but try one of the Telemann cantatas, perhaps the aria "Ich bin betrübt bis in den Tod, for the revelation that this composer, who prized entertainment, could be serious when he tried to be. Erato delivers superior sound in the Ensemblehaus Freiburg, not a place where they usually hang out, and in general this makes for an essential pick for Jaroussky fans, and is an equally good place to start with this remarkable voice.

Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released October 28, 2013 | Warner Classics International

Sacred Vocal Music - Released January 2, 2008 | naïve Opus 111

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Classical - Released March 1, 2005 | Warner Classics

Classical - Released March 3, 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 7, 2016 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Classical - Released April 8, 2016 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released February 13, 2015 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Classical - Released February 13, 2015 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 17, 2014 | Erato - Warner Classics

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