Atenea

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Handel: Alessandro Severo; Manzaro: Don Crepuscolo (2011)

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Handel: Alessandro Severo; Manzaro: Don Crepuscolo (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 896 Mb | Total time: 78:38+78:52+29:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # 609 1674-2 | Recorded: 2010

These are world premiere recordings and these Handel specialists have once again scored a major coup. Alessandro Severo is based on the life of a Roman emperor of the third century and is in the form of a pasticcio. Manzaro composed the Greek national anthem and the discovery of an opera by him was a major find by the Greek conductor George Petrou. Armonia Atenia perform on period instruments.

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.
Armonia Atenea and Franco Fagioli and George Petrou - Rossini (2016)

Armonia Atenea and Franco Fagioli and George Petrou - Rossini (2016)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 01:15:20 | 173 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Curiously, Rossini has composed two roles for a castrato: to Alceo in the cantata Il vero omaggio, and that of Arsaces in Aureliano in Palmira, both for Giambattista Velluti, the last castrato internationally renowned opera . Against the Argentine tenor Franco Fagioli has deliberately given up these roles to this album Rossini, preferring to focus on transvestites roles that address sexual ambiguity from another angle. In operas "serious" by Rossini, rarely given today, there are many male characters whose roles were written for singers. Already, in the Baroque era, the role of the "primo uomo" could be entrusted to a woman if we did not have the proper castrato.
Christoph Willibald Gluck - Armonia Atenea / de Risio - Il trionfo di Clelia (2012, MDG "Scene" # 609 1733-2) [RE-UP]

Christoph Willibald Gluck - Il trionfo di Clelia, opera in 3 acts, Wq. 31 (1763)
Armonia Atenea / Giuseppe Sigismondi de Risio / Hélène Le Corre
3xCD | EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 977 MB | Partial Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Scene" # 609 1733-2 | Country/Year: Germany 2012
Genre: Classical | Style: Opera, Classical Period

"Die Sängerinnen und Sänger haben allesamt sehr intensiv an den Koloraturen gearbeitet und sind den teils horrenden Schwierigkeiten der Arien gut gewachsen … Außerdem sind die Rezitative mit hohem Konversationstempo und fantasievoller Generalbass-Improvisation umgesetzt." ~FonoForum
George Petrou, Armonia Atenea, Max Emanuel Cencic - Handel: Arminio [2016]

Handel - Arminio (George Petrou, Max Emanuel Cencic) [2016]
Classical | DECCA 028947887645 | 2016 | TT: 150.36 | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 818 Mb

An heroic story, based on historical events occurring on the Germanic fringes of the Roman Empire, Arminio is now being revived in a new and ravishing production by Parnassus Arts under their artistic director Max Emanuel Cencic: a combination with an unequalled track record in Handelian opera seria, as witnessed by their multiple-award-winning staging and recording of Alessandro (from 2012 to date). Countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic takes the title role of Arminio, surrounded by a superb cast featuring Layla Claire (Tusnelda), Ruxandra Donose (Ramise), Vince Yi (Sigismondo), Juan Sancho (Varo), Xavier Sabata (Tullio) and Petros Magoulas (Segeste). Joined by the dynamic Armonia Atenea under the baton of George Petrou, Arminio is sure to join a fast-growing collection of acclaimed Baroque opera recordings. In recent years Max Emanuel Cencic has become recognised as one of the world’s supreme countertenors: “Mr. Cencic is blessed with the finest countertenor voice of our day” (Opernwelt)

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Beethoven: Prometheus (2014)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at July 4, 2014
George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Beethoven: Prometheus (2014)

George Petrou, Armonia Atenea - Beethoven: Prometheus (2014)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 336 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog Number: 002099302

As part of a major partnership with Parnassus Arts (which previously brought Handel’s Alessandro and ROKOKO, the January 2014 solo album from Max Emanuel Cencic), this is the first album from the Athens-based orchestra and their conductor.
Christoph Willibald Gluck - Armonia Atenea / de Risio - Il trionfo di Clelia (2012)

Christoph Willibald Gluck - Il trionfo di Clelia, opera in 3 acts, Wq. 31 (1763)
Armonia Atenea / Giuseppe Sigismondi de Risio / Hélène Le Corre
3xCD | EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 977 MB | Partial Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Scene" # 609 1733-2 | Country/Year: Germany 2012
Genre: Classical | Style: Opera, Classical Period

"Die Sängerinnen und Sänger haben allesamt sehr intensiv an den Koloraturen gearbeitet und sind den teils horrenden Schwierigkeiten der Arien gut gewachsen … Außerdem sind die Rezitative mit hohem Konversationstempo und fantasievoller Generalbass-Improvisation umgesetzt." ~FonoForum
Mynenko, Sabata, Cencic, Sabadus, Yi - The 5 Countertenors (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Mynenko, Sabata, Cencic, Sabadus, Yi - The 5 Countertenors (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 63:41 minutes | 1.16 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

‘The 5 Countertenors’ draws together five of the world’s most renowned countertenors, who bring the rich world of baroque opera to life.

Franco Fagioli and George Petrou - Rossini (2016) [TR24][OF]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by SERTiL at Nov. 20, 2016
Franco Fagioli and George Petrou - Rossini (2016) [TR24][OF]

Franco Fagioli and George Petrou - Rossini
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 75:13 min | 1.40 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 17 | Rls.date: 2016

Curiously, Rossini has composed two roles for a castrato: to Alceo in the cantata Il vero omaggio, and that of Arsaces in Aureliano in Palmira, both for Giambattista Velluti, the last castrato internationally renowned opera . Against the Argentine tenor Franco Fagioli has deliberately given up these roles to this album Rossini, preferring to focus on transvestites roles that address sexual ambiguity from another angle. In operas "serious" by Rossini, rarely given today, there are many male characters whose roles were written for singers.