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Composer: Gasparini, Francesco (1661-1727)

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Year of birth1661
Year of death1727
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Venetian delights from Cenčić and Il Pomo d'Oro

Max Emanuel Cenčić © Beetroot | Decca Classics
Such is the growing popularity of the solo countertenor voice that in this past week I was able to hear four countertenor performances in London - the latest being Max Emanuel Cenčić.
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Three Baroque tenors and an orcherstra: Ian Bostridge with Northern Sinfonia

Ian Bostridge  ©  Ben Eagolvea
Sometimes, glancing through reviews and recordings of Baroque opera arias, one might be forgiven for wondering whether tenors and basses ever appeared on the 18th-century stage – the genre seems dominated by the exotic lives of the castrati and the incredibly exciting music that was written for them.
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