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Aco Bišćević - Carl Heinrich Graun: A Gentle Tenor - Italian Cantatas (2024)

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Aco Bišćević - Carl Heinrich Graun: A Gentle Tenor - Italian Cantatas (2024)

Aco Bišćević, Barockorchester der Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach & Michael Hofstetter - Carl Heinrich Graun: A Gentle Tenor - Italian Cantatas (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 273 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 131 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:43:25
Classical, Vocal | Label: Accent Records

Carl Heinrich Graun is known as Frederick the Great's court Kapellmeister, but less well known is the fact that Graun enjoyed an important reputation as a singer and that the king had originally engaged him as such at his court. In his obituary, the king characteristically honoured his court Kapellmeister with the words: "We will not hear such a singer again"!

Max Emanuel Cencic, Michael Hofstetter, L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève - Gioacchino Rossini: Opera Arias & Overtures (2007)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Max Emanuel Cencic, Michael Hofstetter, L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève - Gioacchino Rossini: Opera Arias & Overtures (2007)

Max Emanuel Cencic, Michael Hofstetter, L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève - Gioacchino Rossini: Opera Arias & Overtures (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 299 Mb | Total time: 73:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 3857882 | Recorded: 2006

Countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic has a truly astonishing voice. The listener could reasonably forget that it's a man who's singing and imagine it's a mezzo with an extraordinary range and coloratura technique. If the cynic were to raise the question of the advisability of a countertenor singing arias originally written for a mezzo-soprano, the answer would simply be "because he can," and the result is pretty fabulous. Terms like "lustrous tone" and "dazzlingly secure technique" and "subtly nuanced interpretations" spring to mind.

Michael Hofstetter, Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele - Hoffmann: Liebe und Eifersucht (2010)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Michael Hofstetter, Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele - Hoffmann: Liebe und Eifersucht (2010)

Michael Hofstetter, Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele - Ernest Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann: Liebe und Eifersucht (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 593 Mb | Total time: 56:25+65:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 435-2 | Recorded: 2008

Liebe und Eifersucht (Love and Jealousy) is E. T. A. Hoffmann’s three act singspiel was regarded as lost for over 150 years until an edition of the score was uncovered in the German State Library in Berlin. CPO and the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival are proud to present the première recording of the work, now extant in the form originally intended by Hoffmann. Liebe und Eifersucht shows Hoffmann’s great love for Mozart and his profound knowledge of his music. Together with Undine this singspiel certainly ranks as this great romantic writer’s most important musical work.

Max Emanuel Cencic - Fantastic Cencic [3CDs] (2016)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Max Emanuel Cencic - Fantastic Cencic [3CDs] (2016)

Max Emanuel Cencic - Fantastic Cencic (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0.97 Gb | Total time: 75:31+78:36+80:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0190295904722 | Recorded: 1992, 1993, 2007-2012

Even in an age of thrilling countertenors, Max Emanuel Cencic stands out for the heroic scale and brilliance of his voice, his expansive lyricism, and his imagination and enterprise in choice of repertoire. Cencic has excelled as both a soprano and a mezzo-soprano, and Fantastic Cencic showcases his extraordinary interpretative range – from the great and lesser-known masters of the Baroque to the bel canto of Rossini and composers of the Romantic era from Schubert to Strauss. The third of these three CDs comprises recordings from the early 1990s, shortly after Cencic left the Wiener Sängerknaben, which are released here for the first time.

Michael Hofstetter, L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève - Joseph Eybler: Symphonies Nos.1 & 2 (2005)

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Michael Hofstetter, L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève - Joseph Eybler: Symphonies Nos.1 & 2 (2005)

Michael Hofstetter, L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève - Joseph Eybler: Symphonies Nos.1 & 2 (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 247 Gb | Total time: 57:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 104-2 | Recorded: 2004

Joseph Eybler was one of the most promising young composers in Vienna when Mozart died in 1791, and it was to him that Constanze Mozart turned for a completion of the already-commissioned Requiem mass. Eybler, whom the often acerbic Mozart had praised in strong terms, had the wit to realize the difficulty of the task, resulting in the path-of-least-resistance completion by Süssmayr that has come down to the present day. The two symphonies on this disc date from the late 1780s. Their model is not so much Mozart but Haydn, with their slow introductions and their striving toward highly original minuets (the Symphony No. 2 has two of them).

Valer Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Recreation–Großes Orchester Graz - Mozart Castrato Arias (2014)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Valer Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Recreation–Großes Orchester Graz - Mozart Castrato Arias (2014)

Valer Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Recreation-Großes Orchester Graz - Mozart Castrato Arias (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 223 Mb | Total time: 49:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC1814 | Recorded: 2013

With opera arias of Hasse, he has become the shooting star amongst countertenors; Valer Sabadus appeared in Mozart roles for the Styriarte in December 2013. The Salzburg master wrote for some of the greatest castrati of his time: Rauzzini, Consoli, Bedini. The young interpreter must therefore sing up into the heights of the soprano range; he succeeds in this wonderfully, as he also does in the exploration of profound feelings. His mentor Michael Hofstetter is on the podium, adding the orchestra‘s pulsing Mozartian vitality to this flawlessly beautiful singing.

Valer Barna-Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Hofkapelle Munchen - Johann Adolph Hasse: Reloaded (2012)

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Valer Barna-Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Hofkapelle Munchen - Johann Adolph Hasse: Reloaded (2012)

Valer Barna-Sabadus, Michael Hofstetter, Hofkapelle München - Johann Adolph Hasse: Reloaded (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 295 Mb | Total time: 62:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC830 | Recorded: 2011

The outstanding young countertenor Valer Barna-Sabadus has chosen works by a composer who was highly esteemed in his lifetime, but slipped into oblivion. The artist writes “My aim is to give new life to these works… one that places the individuality of the musical works in the forefront.”

Michael Hofstetter, Hofkapelle Munchen - Johann Adolf Hasse: Didone abbandonata (2013)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Michael Hofstetter, Hofkapelle Munchen - Johann Adolf Hasse: Didone abbandonata (2013)

Michael Hofstetter, Hofkapelle München - Johann Adolf Hasse: Didone abbandonata (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 766 Mb | Total time: 50:05+34:10+78:58 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.660323-25 | Recorded: 2011

One of the outstanding composers of his day, Johann Adolph Hasse was seen as possessing “the same qualities of true genius, taste and judgment” as his librettist Pietro Metastasio. Didone abbandonata represents the once hugely popular 18th-century genre of opera seria, exploring the same tragic story as Purcell’s earlier Dido and Aeneas while expanding the heroine’s conflicts between regal duties, love, and helplessness in the face of desertion.

Michael Hofstetter, Neumeyer Consort - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Laudate pueri (2012)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Michael Hofstetter, Neumeyer Consort - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Laudate pueri (2012)

Michael Hofstetter, Neumeyer Consort, Valer Barna-Sabadus, Terry Wey - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Laudate pueri (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 270 Mb | Total time: 56:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC 831 | Recorded: 2011

Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, his achingly lovely swan song, was most likely written with two male singers in mind. Yet it's not often recorded that way, and the present release, with a genuine male soprano and alto, represents something rarer still, perhaps because not a lot of male singers can pull off the higher ranges convincingly without belting. Both the singers are billed as countertenors on the album, but Romanian-born Valer Barna-Sabadus, who looks like he just stepped out of a rock & roll dive, is a true soprano. Check out his soaring lines in the "Cujus animan," track 2, for the real news on this album. It's not that he delivers operatic power; plenty of countertenors can do that. It's the lightness and balance – even a certain soberness – that fit the work to its intended church ambiance.

Michael Hofstetter, Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele - Gluck: Ezio (2008)

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Michael Hofstetter, Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele - Gluck: Ezio (2008)

Michael Hofstetter, Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele - Gluck: Ezio (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 691 Mb | Total time: 62:19+78:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC 918 | Recorded: 2007

Gluck composed “Ezio” only one year after the success of “Orfeo”. It was premiered in 1763 at the Burgtheatre in Vienna. Although not as successful as “Orfeo” it contains many fine moments and this recording, in which Michael Hofstetter conducts a first rate cast, should introduce more opera listeners to this fine work. “….the representation of his (Gluck’s) early and middle years is patchy. All the more fitting then, to be able to welcome a thoroughly satisfactory issue of Ezio….. It is greatly to the credit of countertenor Franco Fagioli, who sings the part (Ezio, sung by the famous castrato Guadagni in the première) in this recording, that there is no sense of anticlimax: he produces firm, expressive singing, with delicacy where appropriate.”

Samuel Mariño, Martin Hofstetter, Händelfestspielorchester Halle - Care pupille: Handel, Gluck (2020)

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Samuel Mariño, Martin Hofstetter, Händelfestspielorchester Halle - Care pupille: Handel, Gluck (2020)

Samuel Mariño, Martin Hofstetter, Händelfestspielorchester Halle - Care pupille: Handel, Gluck (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 71:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Orfeo | # C998201 | Recorded: 2019

Venezuelan born male soprano Samuel Mariño (*1993) presents his debut album with baroque arias by Christoph Willibald Gluck and Georg Friedrich Händel. Gluck and Händel met each other and played music together in London in 1746. For this release, the original program of that concert was expanded with arias tailor-made for male soprano. This album is unique in every respect. It includes first recordings of works that are sensationally beautiful and that have never been heard before. And then there is a voice, a male soprano, singing for the first time in 250 years things that no man before him was able to sing.

Michael Hofstetter, Orquestra Simfonica del Gran Teatre del Liceu - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2006)

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Michael Hofstetter, Orquestra Simfonica del Gran Teatre del Liceu - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2006)

Michael Hofstetter, Orquestra Simfónica i Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu - Handel: Giulio Cesare (2006)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 216 min | 6,30+7,70 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Catalan, Italiano | Recorded: 2004

“Giulio Cesare” is one of Handel’s most fascinating and exquisite works. It was brought to Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu under the direction of Herbert Wernicke, who produced a new adaptation including fragments of other Handel operas such as “Rinaldo”, “Orlando” and “Tolomeo”. This freely-interpreted and updated version does not seek to set the opera in a contemporary context but rather to reveal hidden aspects of the work: its psychology, its history and politics. The orchestra is conducted by Michael Hofstetter and the title role is sung by the Italian-Spanish countertenor Flavio Oliver, who is one of the leading male sopranos in the world today.

Michael Hofstetter, Chor und Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele - Salieri: Les Danaïdes (2007)

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Michael Hofstetter, Chor und Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele - Salieri: Les Danaïdes (2007)

Michael Hofstetter, Chor und Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele - Salieri: Les Danaïdes (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 651 Mb | Total time: 73:15+38:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: OehmsClassics | OC 909 | Recorded: 2006

The April 26, 1784 Paris Opera premiere of this work was still noted under the name of the composer actually commissioned to compose it, Ch.W. Gluck, but it soon came out that in reality, the 33-year-old assistant to Gluck (who had suffered a stroke), Antonio Salieri, had written the work “in tutto”. The sensation was perfect, and due to Salieri’s success, French opera underwent a significant development. For beginning with Gluck’s operatic style, Salieri managed with “Danaïdes” to make the transition from number opera to the dramatically more consequent through-composed scenic opera. The Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele production, recorded here under studio conditions, follows historical performance practice and presents the opera in nearly uncut form.