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Duetti (Bononcini, Conti, Porpora, Marcello, Scarlatti, etc.)

Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie

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This album of Baroque cantatas and chamber duets grew out of a 2007 performance of Stefano Landi's 1631 opera Il Sant'Alessio starring Philippe Jaroussky and Max Emanuel Cencic (among the eight countertenors in the cast) with William Christie conducting Les Arts Florissants. (An excellent DVD of the performance is available on Virgin Classics.) Christie was so impressed with the blend of Jaroussky and Cencic's voices that he brought them together to explore the vast and rarely performed repertoire of late 17th and early 18th century Italian duets for equal voices. The duetti da camera and chamber cantatas were a wildly, widely popular entertainment, especially during the tenures of Popes who forbade performances of opera; among the six composers represented on this disc, Bononcini wrote over 300 and Marcello 82, so the total number written and performed during this period must be staggering. Christie is absolutely correct: the blend of these two particular voices is ravishing. They have different characters and are easily distinguished from one another, but Jaroussky and Cencic both stand out among the very finest exemplars of the extraordinarily fine crop of counter tenors that has come to prominence since the turn of the century. Cencic's voice may be the purer and Jaroussky's the more colorful, but both have irreproachable technique; intelligent, nuanced musicianship; and together there is undeniable vocal chemistry. The music itself is delightful; the composers for the most part are not among the most renowned of the era, but they are masters of writing music that makes voices sound gorgeous together. This is largely pastoral music and the vocal lines are intertwined with beguiling sensuality. Each singer also performs a solo cantata. Christie, playing harpsichord or organ, leads a group of five players, made up of two violins, cello and theorbo/lute in lively, sensitive accompaniment. The sound is beautifully clean, warm, and balanced. Strongly recommended; a terrific find for fans of Baroque vocal performance of the highest order. It's easy to imagine that these performances could even make converts of listeners who have never been especially fond of countertenors.
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Duetti (Bononcini, Conti, Porpora, Marcello, Scarlatti, etc.)

Philippe Jaroussky/William Christie/Max Emanuel Cencic/Les Arts Florissants

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1
Pietoso nume arcier: 'Pietoso nume arcier'
Philippe Jaroussky
00:04:04

William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Giovanni Bononcini, Composer - Max Emmanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Pietoso nume arcier: "Consolati Aldimira"
Philippe Jaroussky
00:01:10

William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Giovanni Bononcini, Composer - Max Emmanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Pietoso nume arcier: "Se l'idolo che adoro"
Philippe Jaroussky
00:02:26

William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Giovanni Bononcini, Composer - Max Emmanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Quanto mai saria più bello: "Quanto mai saria più bello"
Philippe Jaroussky
00:06:41

William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Francesco Mancini, Composer

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

5
Quanto mai saria più bello: "Irene, che ne dici?"
Philippe Jaroussky
00:01:07

William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Francesco Mancini, Composer

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Quanto mai saria più bello: "La costanza nell'amore"
Philippe Jaroussky
00:04:21

William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Francesco Mancini, Composer

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

7
"Quando veggo un'usignolo"
Philippe Jaroussky
00:08:25

William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Max Emmanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Chi d'Amor tra le catene: "Chi d'amor"
Les Arts Florissants
00:03:23

William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Giovanni Bononcini, Composer - Max Emmanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

9
Chi d'Amor tra le catene: "Bella si ma crudel"
Philippe Jaroussky
00:03:02

William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Giovanni Bononcini, Composer - Max Emmanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

10
Ecco che il primo albore: Sinfonia
Les Arts Florissants
00:01:31

William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Nicola Porpora, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Ecco che il primo albore: "Ecco che il primo albore"
Max Emanuel Cencic
00:00:40

William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Nicola Porpora, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Max Emmanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

12
Ecco che il primo albore: "La pecorella contenta"
Max Emanuel Cencic
00:04:39

William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Nicola Porpora, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Max Emmanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

13
Ecco che il primo albore: "Pastor gentil"
Max Emanuel Cencic
00:00:31

William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Nicola Porpora, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Max Emmanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

14
Ecco che il primo albore: "Se andrà senza il Pastore"
Max Emanuel Cencic
00:03:01

William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Nicola Porpora, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Max Emmanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

15
Chiaro e limpido fonte: "Chiaro, e limpido fonte"
Philippe Jaroussky
00:00:59

Benedetto Marcello, Composer - William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

16
Chiaro e limpido fonte: "Al partir della fronte serena"
Philippe Jaroussky
00:02:25

Benedetto Marcello, Composer - William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

17
Chiaro e limpido fonte: "Voi pur leggiere aurette"
Les Arts Florissants
00:00:41

Benedetto Marcello, Composer - William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Max Emmanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

18
Chiaro e limpido fonte: "Un solo respiro"
Les Arts Florissants
00:03:32

Benedetto Marcello, Composer - William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Max Emmanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

19
Chiaro e limpido fonte: "Mirtillo, a che si cerca"
Philippe Jaroussky
00:01:48

Benedetto Marcello, Composer - William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Max Emmanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

20
Chiaro e limpido fonte: "Dunque voi cristalli erranti"
Philippe Jaroussky
00:05:06

Benedetto Marcello, Composer - William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Max Emmanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

21
Chiaro e limpido fonte: "Mà, che pianger Mirtillo?"
Philippe Jaroussky
00:02:03

Benedetto Marcello, Composer - William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Max Emmanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

22
Chiaro e limpido fonte: "La nobile luce"
Philippe Jaroussky
00:02:53

Benedetto Marcello, Composer - William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Max Emmanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

23
Tirsi e Fileno, S. 475: "Veggio Fille ... Parlo a Clori" (Tirsi, Fileno)
Philippe Jaroussky
00:07:00

Benedetto Marcello, Composer - William Christie, Conductor - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

24
"Nel cor del cor mio"
Philippe Jaroussky
00:02:39

William Christie, Conductor, Lead Vocals - Philippe Jaroussky, Counter-Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - ALESSANDRO SCARLATTI, Composer - Les Arts Florissants, Lead Vocals, Ensemble - Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Max Emmanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor Vocals, Lead Vocals

© 2011 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

Album Description

This album of Baroque cantatas and chamber duets grew out of a 2007 performance of Stefano Landi's 1631 opera Il Sant'Alessio starring Philippe Jaroussky and Max Emanuel Cencic (among the eight countertenors in the cast) with William Christie conducting Les Arts Florissants. (An excellent DVD of the performance is available on Virgin Classics.) Christie was so impressed with the blend of Jaroussky and Cencic's voices that he brought them together to explore the vast and rarely performed repertoire of late 17th and early 18th century Italian duets for equal voices. The duetti da camera and chamber cantatas were a wildly, widely popular entertainment, especially during the tenures of Popes who forbade performances of opera; among the six composers represented on this disc, Bononcini wrote over 300 and Marcello 82, so the total number written and performed during this period must be staggering. Christie is absolutely correct: the blend of these two particular voices is ravishing. They have different characters and are easily distinguished from one another, but Jaroussky and Cencic both stand out among the very finest exemplars of the extraordinarily fine crop of counter tenors that has come to prominence since the turn of the century. Cencic's voice may be the purer and Jaroussky's the more colorful, but both have irreproachable technique; intelligent, nuanced musicianship; and together there is undeniable vocal chemistry. The music itself is delightful; the composers for the most part are not among the most renowned of the era, but they are masters of writing music that makes voices sound gorgeous together. This is largely pastoral music and the vocal lines are intertwined with beguiling sensuality. Each singer also performs a solo cantata. Christie, playing harpsichord or organ, leads a group of five players, made up of two violins, cello and theorbo/lute in lively, sensitive accompaniment. The sound is beautifully clean, warm, and balanced. Strongly recommended; a terrific find for fans of Baroque vocal performance of the highest order. It's easy to imagine that these performances could even make converts of listeners who have never been especially fond of countertenors.
© TiVo

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