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Giuseppe Sigismondi de Risio, Armonia Atenea - Gluck: Il trionfo di Clelia (2012)

Giuseppe Sigismondi de Risio, Armonia Atenea - Gluck: Il trionfo di Clelia (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 927 Mb | Total time: 76:23+67:43+51:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 609 1733-2 | Recorded: 2011

On May 14, 1763, Bologna’s Teatro Comunale opened with the world premiere of Il trionfo di Clelia. Completed a year after Orfeo ed Euridice, Gluck’s setting of Metastasio’s story of romantic fidelity put to the test against the background of the Siege of Rome, was tailored both to display the new theatre’s capacity for spectacle (Act II calls for the collapse of a bridge and a heroic swim across the rising waters of the Tiber) and a cast hand-picked for their fioritura (embellishment of a melodic line). Thus while musicologists may cherish Il trionfo di Clelia for its pivotal role in the composer’s progress from the gilded cage of opera seria to the grand austerity of his reform operas, the rest of us can enjoy an inventive score.
Max Emanuel Cencic, Armonia Atenea & George Petrou - Porpora: Opera Arias (2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Max Emanuel Cencic, Armonia Atenea & George Petrou - Porpora: Opera Arias (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 75:50 minutes | 1.40 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Grammy-nominated artist Max Emanuel Cencic presents Nicola Porpora: Opera Arias, to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Porpora’s death.
Max Emanuel Cencic, George Petrou & Armonia Atenea - Porpora: Opera Arias (2018)

Max Emanuel Cencic, George Petrou & Armonia Atenea - Porpora: Opera Arias (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) | 01:15:57 | 410 Mb
Classical, Opera | Label: Decca Classics

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

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - The 5 countertenors (2015)  Music

Posted by ArlegZ at Jan. 17, 2018
George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - The 5 countertenors (2015)

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - The 5 countertenors: Max Emanuel Cencic, Yuriy Mynenko, Valer Sabadus, Xavier Sabata, Vince Yi (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 348 Mb | Total time: 63:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 478 8094 | Recorded: 2013

Decca’s new release brings together five of the world’s most renowned countertenors, who bring the rich world of baroque opera to life. Once rarely heard, countertenors are now firmly established on the operatic stage and concert platform and their popularity has reached an all-time high. This album features virtuosic highlights from baroque opera and showcases the extraordinary abilities of five astonishing artists: Max Emanuel Cencic, Yuriy Mynenko, Valer Sabadus, Xavier Sabata and Vince Yi.
Max Emanuel Cencic, Armonia Atenea - Hasse: Siroe - Re Di Persia (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Max Emanuel Cencic, Armonia Atenea - Hasse: Siroe - Re Di Persia (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 166:01 minutes | 3.02 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

The world-premiere recording of Siroe re di Persia by Johann Adolf Hasse, whose music encapsulates the refined aristocratic cultural tastes of the European Ancien Régime. Offering true musical fireworks and delights, Siroe is led by Max Cencic in the title role with the vital orchestra of Armonia Atenea and their high-powered conductor, George Petrou: the same vibrant partnership which saw their first album on Decca, Handel’s Alessandro, win a clutch of top awards. Renowned for his gifts as a melodist, in Siroe Hasse offers a feast of rare vocal delights in the telling of a vivid story of passion, jealousy and intrigue.
George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Vivica Genaux, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Sonia Prina & Romina Basso - Baroque Divas (2015) [24/48]

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Vivica Genaux, Mary-Ellen Nesi, Sonia Prina & Romina Basso - Baroque Divas (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 75:32 minutes | 781 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

The history of opera is inseparably linked with the biographies of singers. Audiences have always been fascinated by the musical highlights and the goings-on behind the scenes alike. The battle for prestige and fame was particularly passionate during the Baroque age.
Daniel Behle, Armonia Atenea & George Petrou - Gluck: Opera Arias (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Daniel Behle, Armonia Atenea & George Petrou - Gluck: Opera Arias (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 72:11 minutes | 1.36 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Celebrating the 300th anniversary of Gluck’s birth, Daniel Behle presents this album of Gluck’s lesser known opera arias. Showcasing their rich variety of styles, he illustrates that these works are primed for revival.
Daniel Behle, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Gluck: Opera Arias (2014)

Daniel Behle, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Gluck: Opera Arias (2014)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:59 | 373 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera, Vocal | Label: Decca | Catalog: 0289 478 6758 6

Christoph Willibald Gluck has a place in the history books for a few big hits and for the idea of reforming the ornate style of opera seria serious opera in the 18th century, replacing it with a more natural ideal of melody. This reputation has rested on a very few pieces, and both bibliographic control and recorded explorations of Gluck's music are perhaps more sparse than for any other major composer.

Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)  Music

Posted by Designol at March 5, 2017
Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Rossini (2016)

Franco Fagioli, Armonia Atenea, George Petrou - Gioachino Rossini (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:15:21
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 5681

Countertenor performances of 19th century opera are a historical and, ultimately, true novelty. This said, for those who love the sound of the countertenor voice and want to give it a try, there are several factors that recommend this release by countertenor Franco Fagioli, with the small orchestra Armonia Atenea under George Petrou. First is that castrati were still around in Rossini's time, although on the decline, and the composer was reportedly intrigued by their voices. Second, Fagioli, unlike the vast majority of other countertenors, studied bel canto singing rather than Baroque repertory exclusively, and a certain distance present in the work of other countertenors is absent here. And third, and most important, is Fagioli's voice itself. Of the countertenors active today, he's the one with the range, the power, the attitude to make you suspend disbelief and think for a moment that you're actually listening to a castrato. He enters into the various Rossini roles represented on this recording, several of which were mezzo-soprano "pants" roles; this adds to the layers of identity-switching happening, and the parts hit Fagioli's vocal sweet spot. A bonus is that several of these are from Rossini opere serie that are little played or recorded.
Xavier Sabata, Armonia Atenea & George Petrou - Catharsis (2017)

Xavier Sabata, Armonia Atenea & George Petrou - Catharsis (2017)
Classical, Opera | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:06:15 | 153 MB
Label: Aparté | Release Year: 2017

Around 1600, a group of Florentine aristocrats inspired by the ancient Greek tragedy gave birth to opera. In the manner of the ancients, they seek to represent the human passions so that their intensity purifies the soul of the spectator. To free the affects through the theater and music, to purge the spectator from the unavowable feelings which he secretly experiences is the process borrowed from medicine and then from the ethics that Aristotle binds to the scene, catharsis. Xavier Sabata chose the most dramatic pages of Italian composers and librettists from the 18th century in the lyrical repertoire. Pages that suggest and see the harshness of outraged, wounded or desperately passionate characters. By entrusting them to the voice, opera becomes the medium par excellence of the purification of torments. The voices of the first tragedians presented themselves to a spectacle characterized by the porosity of the arts: music, theater and dance formed a whole, the parts of which contributed together to the moral edification of the spectator.