Cecilia Bartoli - Gluck Italian Arias ~ Dreams & Fables
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No matter her technical merits in the area of range, trill, vibrato, etc., Ms Bartoli is at her best, in my opinion, when tackling more deliberate, contemplative vocal passages (rather than fast, nervous "runs"--think "Amarilli" from Live In Italy, which reduces me to a puddle every time). In such a context, Ms Bartoli's voice imbues the music she sings with a warm, amber quality, and the characters she plays with an extra poignancy. A great CD--and a delightful introduction to Gluck, who up to now was a relative unknown to me.
Gluck is treated here to a thoughtful, vivacious, and totally wondrous revival of some of his too-long-neglected works...(something the world experienced previously with Cecilia's "Vivaldi Album") and, as usual, the performances are imbued with a spirit and depth which only an artist of Bartoli's talent can achieve.
From the opening trumpets on "Tremo, fra dubbi miei" to the consummate beauty of voice in the closing aria, " Berenice, che fa?" Bartoli and The Akademie fur Ault Musik take us on a journey through some of the most beautiful music (and poetry) any of us is likely to hear.
In a year with some excellent vocal recordings, Bartoli was awarded her second consecutive Grammy for this effort. And just like last year, the voters hit the mark. So does Cecilia.
However, the signs of shrinkage are appearing here as well. I have watched the large classical area of the Virgin Megastore on the Champs Elysées shrink multiple times. There is no longer a separate room, and the range of choices has been radically reduced. Their store in the Carrousel du Louvre still features a reasonable selection, and it is there that I found this CD yesterday.
OK, off my soap box. This CD is a delight for me. Discovering "lost" works such as these is one thing that keeps classical music alive. These elegant, stirring works of Gluck will transport you back to the glory and power of the 18th century. The glorious voice of Cecelia Bartoli suits these works perfectly. This is music that will transport you, lift you, embrace you, transform you. It is heavenly music that warms the soul.
I highly recommend this CD. The packaging is outstanding, with informative and well-written liner notes. If you want a brief escape from the hassles of modern life, or if you simply want to swim of the glory of sublime music in the hands of a superb artist, this CD will serve you well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful, and well worth the price. Any music-lover of refined music will love this!Published 3 months ago by James W Singer
Wonderful aria thank you for having it :)) captivating and motivating in spirit...I love the baroque period. Cecelia is a very astounding singer!Published on June 2, 2013 by Will davis
I am a student of voice, and I love to learn the songs along with Cecilla Bartoli's voice, love her.Published on May 30, 2013 by L. Manning-Warder
From the opening not you know you have made a great purchase.This another not fine but a great recording but someone I put in the class with the Beatles as a recording artist ,not... Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by MusicLover
Now i don't own too many of Ms Bartoli's albums (including this one only 2). In fact i don't own too many opera albums at all. I am only just getting into this genre. Read morePublished on August 21, 2007 by Jeff
I think this is the best singing by Bartoli that I've heard since she recorded Idomeneo with Placido Domingo in the early 90's. Read morePublished on August 2, 2005 by J Nelson Aviance
I used to give Ms Bartoli infinite credit, so I bought this Gluck album without much hesitation. Yet the dissapointment it brought was double: i) the passion of Ms Bartoli's... Read morePublished on June 27, 2004 by Attila Farkas
Cecilia Bartoli shows in this fantastic CD what a composer Gluck actually was from his early years. The music is fantastic, orchestrated well, and Bartoli delivers wonderful... Read morePublished on October 17, 2003
She is a light,high mezzo-soprano, so it sounds like she's a soprano. I fell in love with the second aria. Read morePublished on July 5, 2003 by Mirella Aldaba