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Leonardo Vinci: Artaserse - Daniel Behle (tenor); Franco Fagioli (counter tenor); Max Emanuel Cencic (counter tenor); Philippe Jaroussky (counter tenor);...
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The opera libretto Artaserse (Artaxerxes) by Pietro Metastasio was the hit of the 18th century opera seria. It was set more than 40 times, including once in English (by Thomas Arne), and its popularity lasted into the 19th century. The opera by Leonardo Vinci recorded here, however, was the very first one, dating from 1730. It's easy to see even at this late date why Metastasio's libretto appealed to opera composers and operagoers so much. The story, concerning the Persian king Xerxes' son Artaxerxes I (based very loosely ...

Leonardo Vinci: Artaserse 2012, Virgin Classics

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