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Max Emanuel Cencic sings the MET's Baroque Masters Series / New York Times

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Since there were no program notes or translations for any of the obscure baroque arias sung in Italian by the countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic on Friday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, discerning how he conveyed a particular mood or shaded a certain word with meaning became secondary to simply enjoying the sound of his gorgeous voice.

Accompanied by the fresh-faced and dynamic period instrument ensemble Il Pomo D'Oro, led by Maxim Emelyanychev on harpsichord, Mr. Cencic offered selections by composers associated with Naples, including Domenico Sarro, Nicola Porpora, Leonardo Leo, Leonardo Vinci and Alessandro Scarlatti. (Some are featured on "Arie Napoletane," Mr. Cencic's recent CD.)

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