Jaroussky, Philippe

Vinci: Artaserse

24 Mar 2014

Barcode: 0825646323234

Composer: Leonardo Vinci
Other participants: Max Emanuel Cencic, Franco Fagioli, Valer Barna-Sabadus, Yuriy Mynenko, Juan Sancho, Concerto Köln, Diego Fasolis

“This magnificent production is a complete and blissful success. Don’t miss it.” Those were the words of the French website Classique News when Leonardo Vinci’s rediscovered Artaserse was staged by Silviu Purcãrete at the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy. Complementing the CD version of the opera released in Autumn 2012, this DVD features no fewer than five of the world’s leading countertenors – assuming both male and female roles: Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, Franco Fagioli, Valer Barna-Sabadus and Yuriy Mynenko.

Shortlisted for the prestigious Gramophone Awards in 2013, the CD version of Vinci’s Artaserse was described by Gramophone as a “sensational landmark recording”; International Record Review judged it “an outstanding performance and the most important Baroque opera discovery of the year so far,” with the reviewer adding that “I can’t recommend it highly enough, especially if you like countertenors,” while The Guardian said that: “The singing is epoch-making.”