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Leonardo Vinci : Catone in Utica

Il Pomo d'Oro - Riccardo Minasi

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Opera seria of the 18th century, known mostly to specialists 30 years ago, was rediscovered by virtuoso sopranos and countertenors. Now it's ready for prime-time in the form of full-opera recordings, on a major label, with top-notch singers. Countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic appeared in a Virgin Classics recording of Leonardo Vinci's opera Artaserse and followed it in 2015 with this version of the same composer's Catone in Utica, a tale of the military and romantic intrigues surrounding the conflict of Cato the Younger (or Cato of Utica) with Julius Caesar, ending with the suicide of the former. The libretto, by Pietro Metastasio, became one of the most popular of the entire century, with settings by Vivaldi, J.C. Bach, and, as late as 1789, Giovanni Paisiello. Even Handel reworked a setting by Leonardo Leo and others for the Haymarket in London, but this was the very first version, premiered in Rome in 1728. Because of the Pope's ban on female performers, it was written for an unlikely quartet of countertenors in lead roles. This actually works, though: musically, the opera alternates between big martial set pieces and lush romantic numbers whose melodic ease looks forward to Gluck (sample the Act II, scene 6 aria of Marzia, Cato's daughter, CD 2, track 12). Cencic and Franco Fagioli, as Caesar, have the power to rise above the natural horns of the historical-instrument ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro, and all the singers deliver dramatically convincing performances that give the lie to the usual conception of opera seria (when people have any conception of it at all) as a dramatically static vehicle for virtuoso singing. This is a splendid recording, with sound from the appropriate Villa San Fermo in Lonigo that blunts none of the considerable dramatic impact. At a time when democracies are often under siege, here's an opera that matters, and that works, musically and dramatically.
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Catone in Utica (Leonardo Vinci)

1
Sinfonia I
Riccardo Minasi
00:01:25

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

2
Sinfonia II
Riccardo Minasi
00:00:54

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

3
Sinfonia III
Riccardo Minasi
00:01:07

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

Catone in Utica / Act 1 (Leonardo Vinci)

4
"Perché sì mesto o padre? "
Max Emanuel Cencic
00:06:34

Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Juan Sancho, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valer Sabadus, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

5
"Con sì bel nome in fronte"
Juan Sancho
00:04:53

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Juan Sancho, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

6
"Poveri affetti miei "
Max Emanuel Cencic
00:02:28

Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valer Sabadus, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

7
"Non ti minaccio sdegno "
Valer Sabadus
00:03:27

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valer Sabadus, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

8
"Che giurai! Che promisi!"
Max Emanuel Cencic
00:00:26

Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

9
"Che legge spietata!"
Max Emanuel Cencic
00:03:46

Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

10
"Dunque Cesare venga"
Vince Yi
00:07:18

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Juan Sancho, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Martin Mitterrutzner, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vince Yi, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

11
"Io conquest’occhi "
Vince Yi
00:02:27

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Juan Sancho, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Martin Mitterrutzner, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vince Yi, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

12
"Si sgomenti alle sue pene"
Juan Sancho
00:03:19

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Juan Sancho, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

13
"Tu taci Emilia?"
Franco Fagioli
00:00:39

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Martin Mitterrutzner, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vince Yi, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

14
"Nell’ardire che il seno t’accende"
Franco Fagioli
00:06:00

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

15
"Quanto da te diverso"
Vince Yi
00:02:11

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Martin Mitterrutzner, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vince Yi, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

16
"Piangendo ancora rincecer suole"
Martin Mitterrutzner
00:04:40

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Martin Mitterrutzner, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

17
"Se gli altrui folli amori"
Vince Yi
00:00:40

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Vince Yi, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

18
"O nel sen di qualche stella"
Vince Yi
00:04:22

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Vince Yi, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

19
"Giunse dunque a tentarti"
Franco Fagioli
00:01:36

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Martin Mitterrutzner, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

20
"Pur ti reveggo, o Marzia"
Franco Fagioli
00:06:10

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valer Sabadus, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

21
"Chi un dolceamor condanna"
Franco Fagioli
00:06:04

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

22
"Mie perdute speranze"
Max Emanuel Cencic
00:04:36

Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Juan Sancho, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valer Sabadus, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vince Yi, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

23
"E’ in ogni core diverso amore"
Max Emanuel Cencic
00:03:44

Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

24
"Se manca Arbace"
Valer Sabadus
00:01:45

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valer Sabadus, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vince Yi, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

25
"Un certo non so che"
Vince Yi
00:03:55

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Vince Yi, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

26
"Ah troppo dissi"
Valer Sabadus
00:00:17

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valer Sabadus, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

27
"E’ folia se mascondete"
Valer Sabadus
00:04:26

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valer Sabadus, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

Catone in Utica / Act 2 (Leonardo Vinci)

28
"Romani, il vostro duce"
Max Emanuel Cencic
00:07:47

Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Juan Sancho, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Martin Mitterrutzner, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Valer Sabadus, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

29
"Va’, ritorna al tuo tiranno"
Juan Sancho
00:04:10

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Juan Sancho, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

30
"A tanto eccesso arriva l’orgoglio di Catone?"
Max Emanuel Cencic
00:02:00

Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Martin Mitterrutzner, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Valer Sabadus, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

31
"So, che pieta non hai"
Max Emanuel Cencic
00:04:15

Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

32
"E qual sorte è la mia!"
Martin Mitterrutzner
00:04:29

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Martin Mitterrutzner, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Valer Sabadus, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vince Yi, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

33
"Soffre talor del vento"
Franco Fagioli
00:06:24

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

34
"Lode agli dei La fuggitiva speme"
Martin Mitterrutzner
00:01:29

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Martin Mitterrutzner, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Valer Sabadus, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vince Yi, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

35
"In che t’offende"
Valer Sabadus
00:06:53

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valer Sabadus, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

36
"Tu vedi o bella"
Vince Yi
00:01:17

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Martin Mitterrutzner, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vince Yi, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

37
"Per te spero"
Vince Yi
00:04:12

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Vince Yi, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

38
"Oh dei tutta se stessa"
Martin Mitterrutzner
00:00:37

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Martin Mitterrutzner, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

39
"Nascesti alle pene"
Martin Mitterrutzner
00:06:49

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Martin Mitterrutzner, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

40
"Si vuole ad onta mi ache Cesare s’ascolti?"
Juan Sancho
00:10:01

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Juan Sancho, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valer Sabadus, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

41
"Se in campo armato"
Franco Fagioli
00:05:30

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

42
"Ah signor che facesti?"
Juan Sancho
00:05:28

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Juan Sancho, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valer Sabadus, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vince Yi, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

43
"Dovea svenarti allora"
Juan Sancho
00:03:01

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Juan Sancho, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

44
"Sarete paghi alfin"
Max Emanuel Cencic
00:00:36

Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valer Sabadus, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vince Yi, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

45
"So che godendo vai"
Valer Sabadus
00:04:39

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valer Sabadus, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

46
"Udisti Arbace? Il credo appena"
Max Emanuel Cencic
00:00:45

Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Vince Yi, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

47
"Se sciogliere non vuoi"
Vince Yi
00:04:32

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Vince Yi, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

48
"L’ingiustizia, il disprezzo"
Max Emanuel Cencic
00:00:49

Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

49
"Che sia la gelosia"
Max Emanuel Cencic
00:06:59

Max Emanuel Cencic, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

Catone in Utica / Act 3 (Leonardo Vinci)

50
"Tutto amico ho tentato"
Franco Fagioli
00:02:26

Leonardo Vinci, ComposerLyricist - Franco Fagioli, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Riccardo Minasi, Conductor, MainArtist - Il Pomo d'Oro, Orchestra, MainArtist - Martin Mitterrutzner, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ignace Hauville, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florent Ollivier, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2015 Parnassus Arts Productions

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Opera seria of the 18th century, known mostly to specialists 30 years ago, was rediscovered by virtuoso sopranos and countertenors. Now it's ready for prime-time in the form of full-opera recordings, on a major label, with top-notch singers. Countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic appeared in a Virgin Classics recording of Leonardo Vinci's opera Artaserse and followed it in 2015 with this version of the same composer's Catone in Utica, a tale of the military and romantic intrigues surrounding the conflict of Cato the Younger (or Cato of Utica) with Julius Caesar, ending with the suicide of the former. The libretto, by Pietro Metastasio, became one of the most popular of the entire century, with settings by Vivaldi, J.C. Bach, and, as late as 1789, Giovanni Paisiello. Even Handel reworked a setting by Leonardo Leo and others for the Haymarket in London, but this was the very first version, premiered in Rome in 1728. Because of the Pope's ban on female performers, it was written for an unlikely quartet of countertenors in lead roles. This actually works, though: musically, the opera alternates between big martial set pieces and lush romantic numbers whose melodic ease looks forward to Gluck (sample the Act II, scene 6 aria of Marzia, Cato's daughter, CD 2, track 12). Cencic and Franco Fagioli, as Caesar, have the power to rise above the natural horns of the historical-instrument ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro, and all the singers deliver dramatically convincing performances that give the lie to the usual conception of opera seria (when people have any conception of it at all) as a dramatically static vehicle for virtuoso singing. This is a splendid recording, with sound from the appropriate Villa San Fermo in Lonigo that blunts none of the considerable dramatic impact. At a time when democracies are often under siege, here's an opera that matters, and that works, musically and dramatically.
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