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      February 23, 2014

      Porpora: Semiramide: Come nave in ria tempesta (5:14); Polifemo: Placidetti zefiretti (2:53) (with Cecilia Bartoli)

      Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor; Venice Baroque Orchestra / Andrea Marcon

      Philippe Jaroussky’s new album features opera arias written for the most famous castrato of all, Farinelli. The composer Nicola Porpora was Farinelli’s mentor and teacher, and despite a lesser-known status in modern times was a celebrated composer in his day, writing over 50 operas. This recording highlights 11 of his finest arias – 9 of which are appearing for the first time on CD – including 2 duets with famed mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli.

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