Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński again. I have never really liked the countertenor (or male alto) voice. It was popular in the 18th century, when there were some well-known castrati (Farinelli was probably the best known), but it fell out of fashion. In the 20th century Alfred Deller was instrumental in re-introducing the technique, but I never enjoyed listening to him. Many others have followed, such as James Bowman, Michael Chance, and more recently Philippe Jaroussky, but somehow I've never got on with any of them.
So I'm surprised to find a high male voice that I find convincing. This is from an informal event at Aix-en-Provence in 2017, and is an aria from an opera by Vivaldi called Il Giustino
. The piano accompaniment is not authentic, but that doesn't bother me at all. It's quite possibly one of the best things I have heard for a long time.
One thing that did make me smile, though. The pianist is using a tablet computer instead of sheet music, but he still needs a page-turner to flip the screen for him at the appropriate moment.
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