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Philippe Jaroussky

Philippe Jaroussky (Counter-Tenor)

Born: 13th February 1978, Maisons-Laffitte, France

Nationality: French

Philippe Jaroussky is one of the small but growing number of artists reviving the counter-tenor (and castrato) repertoire of centuries past. His astounding versatility and sweet tone make his voice instantly recognisable and an excellent ambassador for this music, which has been unperformed (indeed essentially unperformable) since the end of the castrato era.

Further Reading: Philippe Jaroussky

 Recording of the Week, Philippe Jaroussky & Thibaut Garcia: À sa guitare

The French countertenor and guitarist join forces for an eclectic, beguiling programme ranging from Dowland to Barbara, whilst Jaroussky's younger label-mate Jakub Józef Orliński dazzles in sacred baroque works with Il Pomo d'Oro.

 Recording of the Week, Philippe Jaroussky sings Cavalli

The French countertenor leads Artaserse in a kaleidoscopic survey of the many and varied operas by the seventeenth-century Italian composer, shot through with the spirit of Venetian carnival.

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