Vinci, Leonardo: Catone in Utica

Decca: 4788194

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Vinci, Leonardo: Catone in Utica

Awards:

Presto Disc of the Week

25th May 2015

Label:

Decca

Catalogue No:

4788194

Discs:

3

Release date:

18th May 2015

Barcode:

0028947881940

Length:

3 hours 53 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)

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Vinci, Leonardo: Catone in Utica

World premiere recording


Max Emanuel Cencic (Arbace), Franco Fagioli (Cesare), Valer Sabadus (Marzia), Martin Mitterutzner (Fulvio), Vince Yi (Emilia), Juan Sancho (Catone)

Il Pomo D'oro, Riccardo Minasi

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World premiere recording of an opera by a Neapolitan master fast gaining a first-rate modern reputation. Max Emanuel Cencic gathers around him an intoxicating mix of stratospheric countertenors, a top tenor, and an orchestra who sizzle with excitement for a performance of an opera that will appeal to all fans of Baroque music’s unsung heroes.

As March’s ‘Five Countertenors’ album showcased, the age of the countertenor is here. Max Emanuel Cencic has gathered around him, once again, a superb cast to bring Vinci’s “Catone In Utica” to vivid life.

“Vinci is the Lully of Italy: true, simple, natural, expressive”- for generations Leonardo Vinci was just another obscure Baroque composer: this first-rate recording will lift the veil from this forgotten genius of Italian opera, and from the mysterious all-male world of the 18th-century Roman stage.

With a libretto by Metastasio, Vinci’s opera was unveiled in Rome in 1728 with an all-male cast (women having been banned from the stage by the Pope): countertenors took the three heroic male roles as well as the female parts.

As well as Cencic (Arbace), the other superb countertenors are Franco Fagioli (Cesare), Valer Sabadus (Marzia), and Vince Yi (Emilia). Tenor Juan Sancho takes the title role (Catone) in this stage work about Julius Caesar’s defeat of the Republican forces led by Marcus Portius Cato in 46BC, and Riccardo Minasi, who enjoys a considerable reputation for his recordings of Baroque repertoire, conducts.

Leonardo Vinci: Catone in Utica

Sinfonia I

Sinfonia II

Sinfonia III

Leonardo Vinci: Catone in Utica / Act 1

"Perché sì mesto o padre? "

"Con sì bel nome in fronte"

"Poveri affetti miei "

"Non ti minaccio sdegno "

"Che giurai! Che promisi!"

"Che legge spietata!"

"Dunque Cesare venga"

"Io conquest’occhi "

"Si sgomenti alle sue pene"

"Tu taci Emilia?"

"Nell’ardire che il seno t’accende"

"Quanto da te diverso"

"Piangendo ancora rincecer suole"

"Se gli altrui folli amori"

"O nel sen di qualche stella"

"Giunse dunque a tentarti"

"Pur ti reveggo, o Marzia"

"Chi un dolceamor condanna"

"Mie perdute speranze"

"E’ in ogni core diverso amore"

"Se manca Arbace"

"Un certo non so che"

"Ah troppo dissi"

"E’ folia se mascondete"

Leonardo Vinci: Catone in Utica / Act 2

"Romani, il vostro duce"

"Va’, ritorna al tuo tiranno"

"A tanto eccesso arriva l’orgoglio di Catone?"

"So, che pieta non hai"

"E qual sorte è la mia!"

"Soffre talor del vento"

"Lode agli dei La fuggitiva speme"

"In che t’offende"

"Tu vedi o bella"

"Per te spero"

"Oh dei tutta se stessa"

"Nascesti alle pene"

"Si vuole ad onta mi ache Cesare s’ascolti?"

"Se in campo armato"

"Ah signor che facesti?"

"Dovea svenarti allora"

"Sarete paghi alfin"

"So che godendo vai"

"Udisti Arbace? Il credo appena"

"Se sciogliere non vuoi"

"L’ingiustizia, il disprezzo"

"Che sia la gelosia"

Leonardo Vinci: Catone in Utica / Act 3

"Tutto amico ho tentato"

"La fronda che circonda"

"Quanti aspetti la sorte cangia in un giorno!"

"Confusa, smarrita"

"Qual’insoliti moti"

"Combattuta da tante vicende"

"Del rivale all’aita"

"Quell’amor che poco accende"

"Pur veggo alfine un raggio d’incerta luce"

"È questo amici il luogo"

"Deh, in vita ti serba"

"Dove mai l’idol mio"

Presto Classical

Katherine Cooper

25th May 2015

“Fagioli certainly comes and conquers as Caesar, arresting attention from the moment he enters and establishing the character’s authority and compassion in his long opening exchange with Catone...the new voice which really captivated me was that of the young Austrian tenor Martin Mitterrutzner, in the relatively thankless role of Caesar’s general Fulvio...Cencic himself excels as the lovelorn, borderline masochistic Arbace.”

Gramophone Magazine

July 2015

“there is no disputing everyone's complete dedication to the cause. Cencic's firm yet sensitively balanced singing conveys the pathos of Arbace's numerous expressions of unrequited love...Sancho's beefy tenor aptly characterises Cato's scepticism about reaching a diplomatic resolution...Il Pomo d'Oro, directed by Riccardo Minasi, vividly characterise each scene with theatrical zest.”

Financial Times

26th June 2015

“played with unflagging energy.”

Sunday Times

19th June 2015

“Max Emanuel Cencic and Valer Sabadus are easier on the ear than Franco Fagioli and Vince Yi. Juan Sancho’s Cato is commanding.”

BBC Music Magazine

September 2015

“Director Riccardo Minaso heats up [the] sense of rivalry - the variations get wilder, the yearning more palpable. All three countertenors are virtuosos, but Fagioli takes the laurels…the band contributes enormously throughout, its brash exuberance alternating with continuo realisations as delicate as they are original…[a] superb premiere recording.”

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