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."
The Neapolitan Leonardo Vinci (1690-1730) was celebrated during his life as one of Italy's leading composers of opera. In the words of musicologist Frédéric Delaméa, Artaserse - composed to a libretto by the great Metastasio - "is a key work of baroque opera and the genius of Vinci is still too little known." The status of Vinci as a composer, and of Artaserse as his masterpiece, is reflected in the observations of the French scholar and traveller Charles de Brosses, who, 10 years after Vinci's death from poisoning, wrote: "Vinci is the Lully of Italy: true, simple, natural, expressive, writing in the most beautiful, uncontrived way for the voice ... Artaserse has a reputation as his finest work, and one of Metastasio's finest too ... It is the most famous Italian opera."
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