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Cecilia Bartoli: If You Love Me / Se tu m'ami: 18th-century Italian songs

Cecilia Bartoli , Alessandro Scarlatti , Antonio Caldara , Giovanni Paisiello , Antonio Cesti , Giulio Caccini , Benedetto Marcello , Giuseppe Giordani , Antonio Lotti , György Fischer Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Performer: György Fischer
  • Composer: Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Caldara, Giovanni Paisiello, Antonio Cesti, Giulio Caccini, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 13, 1992)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: London / Decca
  • ASIN: B00000420F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The 17th-century Italian art song repertory traditionally reserved for novice singers is given new life via Bartoli's artistry. With impeccable diction and evocative phrasing, she captures every innuendo of these simple, but passionate, pieces. No two repetitive phrases are alike; she chisels every line into a landscape of interpretive magnificence. Scarlatti's simple "O Cessate di Piagarmi" becomes a testament of innocent pain and plaintiveness. Giordano's "Caro Mio Ben" is transformed into a tender cry for love. All embellishments are imaginative and well executed. Accompaniment by György Fischer is equally appealing, sensitive and precise. Every singer questing for the art of singing should study these. --Barbara Eisner Bayer

Product Description

The chart-topping collection of 18th-century Italian songs ( arie antiche ) arranged by the great Parisotti, and starring the lovely Ms. Bartoli accompanied by Gyorgy Fischer on piano. Includes five songs by Scarlatti; Vivaldi's Sposa Son Disprezzata , and songs by Caccini, Caldara, Paisiello, Pergolesi and others. A London recording.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once tired songs made beautiful again! March 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
As an accompanist for the past 20+ years, I'd come to believe these songs - many contained within the (in)famous "24 Italian Songs and Arias" were stricly for the high school/early college vocalist to butcher while learning the basics of good singing and Italian.
Boy was I wrong!
Cecilia Bartoli takes these songs and makes you ache, rejoice, and desire right along with her. I never thought I'd be moved by ANY performance of "Caro mio ben" and yet I nearly wrecked my car the first time I heard her on this recording. Magnificent! As is each and every track on this disc. It's inspired me to be a better accompanist and coach, as well as an ardent admirer of all things Bartoli. Many of my choral/vocal music teacher friends have received this disc or bought it after hearing mine. BUY THIS RECORDING!
The only downer is that I may never feel complete if I don't get to accompany this lady on the title track before I die. Oh, well - I guess you can't have it all!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, touching ability. September 10, 2002
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Hello !
I have rather ecclectic tastes and this is one of my all time favourite albums.
I understood it is a classic sampler of songs (about ? 2/3 are on the album) collected centuries ago to cover all required singing technique & is used as exercises.
I can relate to the comments of the previous reviewers.
I am NOT an "opera buff" and find some of Cecelia's albums a bit tedious - but not this one.
When I first heard it, I went straight out and bought it.
Why ?
Enjoyment - most of the songs are very pleasant and easy to "hum / la,la,la along to".
But mostly because of her astonishing technique.
If this was an exam, I'm sure she'd get a perfect score.
Her breathing is incredible. As an untrained singer, I KNOW how good she is, believe me !
I was, and still am, completely flabberghasted at her ability to vary volume - especially "without breathing".I have, on occasion, asked friends who actively dislike classical singing to hear certain examples only to consider her ability and in every case they have been very impressed.
I also find some of her renditions extremely touching - even devastating: her "expression"is very skilled & genuine.
My father (opera buff & amateur singer) was astonished at her age when she recorded it - I think approx. 26 or 7 - he felt she sounded far more "mature" than that on this recording.
The accompanying piano is the only instrument and is sensitively and well - played.
The overall impression is of calm with a few lively bursts to break it up. And all the while, excellence.
If you are NOT into complete operas or grand, orchestral performances BUT appreciate & enjoy classical music and singing, you should give this a listen.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs not just for students November 23, 2002
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The "24 Arias" are known by every singer as the beginner songs, and the fact is that many students butcher the songs because they find them very boring to sing. Therefore this is a recording for any beginner. Cecilia's coloring, vocal line, diction and basic interpretation are what an aspiring singer should aim for. Even the "boring" songs are brought to life by this versitile singer. How many times has one heard "Se tu m'ami" and just thought, "Not again." Well Cecilia brings new life to timeless songs and hopefully she will inspire younger singers to find the beauty in these songs. For the non-singers, what more could you want to hear but a beautiful singer singing beautiful songs?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Armindo
Format:Audio CD
Cecilia Bartoli is indisputably one of the best representatives of Italian singing nowadays. In a time when many singers sacrifice clean-cut singing for screams, sobs and other tricks, Bartoli's straightforward approach stands out. Her instrument is not the most powerful but because of her solid vocal training she can be heard in the last rows of a theatre. She can tackle the most difficult coloratura but also sing a legato line with great warmth and exemplary evenness of tone.
The arias she sings are simple but never simplistic. Standard arias for a young singer but listening to Cecilia here makes me wonder how many legendary sopranos or mezzos would be able to sing these pieces so skilfully, expressively and with beauty of tone. Listen for example with how much intelligence and expressiveness she handles Paisello's "Nel cor piu non mi sento". Each song has its own character and Bartoli knows exactly how to sing it. Truly a lesson of Italian singing! The only aspect that I sometimes find less pleasing is her occasional aggressive singing. This however only occurs when she embellishes a lot.
I greatly admire Bartoli not only for her operatic achievements and tastes (she's a ardent Tebaldi fan) but also for her devotion to classical singing only (she refuses to become a crossover singer).
Don't miss this lovely recital!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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As someone who knows next to nothing about opera but who loves music, I have to say that the music here is simply beyond anything I ever expected. It's is stunningly beautiful; it is an amazing accomplishment. It is - if anything is - high art.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning talent April 29, 2000
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Bartoli should really receive all the credit here for bringing these songs to life. It isn't just the beautiful vocal tone that impresses, but her probing interpretation into the meaning these songs have. It is almost as if I have to stop my cd player after each song just to digest what I have just heard because there is so much emotion, drama, and dynamic intensity througout. My favorites are "Caro mio ben" (which is easily butchered, but sounds so fresh in Bartoli's hands) and "Gia sole dal Gange" to name just a couple. I like most everything Bartoli has done, but this is a very special disc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of These Songs
Cecilia Bartoli performs these classic songs brilliantly in her native tongue. She rolls her R's with great agility. Bravo! Bravo!
Published 1 month ago by Marilyn G. Murr
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this CD, even if you think you don't like opera.
The performance on this recording is absolutely brilliant and, dare I say, perfect. It's one of my favorite CDs of all time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cliff
5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD!
I depend on this music for teaching purposes, and I have used it for many years with
serious young voice students. from Ann
Published 10 months ago by Ann Cogswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voice
I love this CD. I play it almost daily, even though I do not understand the words. This CD recording is on another level than listening to words. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
Lovely album that gets better both with repeated listens, and as the disc progresses. I'm a relatively newbie regarding opera, and this is perfectly accessible, without losing the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Justin S. Stec
5.0 out of 5 stars Turning training exercises into high art,
In many ways, this is a very simple CD, featuring Cecilia Bartoli as her voice was back in 1992 (Decca re-issued this in 2005) Arie antiche are a collection of pieces, put together... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lady Fancifull
5.0 out of 5 stars Cecilia Bartoli's Voice Is Pure Sweetness!
This is my first Cecilia Bartoli cd and her voice is like pure honey. The 18th century opera arias are simply beautiful and soothing!The piano in the background is lovely. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite
One of my favorite recordings, and one i share with my voice students! It was brand new, a great price and arrived quickly.
Published 16 months ago by Renee S. Root
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful
Cecilia Bartoli stands alone in her precision and control. She brings such beauty to the music she sings. One of my absolute favorites.
Published 17 months ago by rgr
5.0 out of 5 stars Kudos to Bartoli & Fischer for great disc of hard to find bel canto...
It just isn't that easy to find Paisello. Scarlatti isn't as widely recorded as he deserves to be, and Bartoli and Fischer have made some other fine selections, too! Read more
Published on February 20, 2009 by Kay House
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