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Cecilia Bartoli - Rossini Recital ~ 19 Songs & Cantata: Giovanna d'Arco Import


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  • Performer: Charles Spencer
  • Composer: Gioachino Rossini
  • Audio CD (December 21, 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: London/Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041YF
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14. Giovanni D'arco

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This is a treasure of a disk that you should purchase right now. You will not only enjoy it deeply many times, but thank me for pointing you to beautiful music that is not often perfromed and sung by a voice that is absolutely perfect for the music. Let me provide a bit of background.

Gioacchino Rossini was born to a family of musicians in 1792. He began writing music at 15 and by 1829 he had written nearly 40 operas and had been the toast of society. He had early success in 1813 with "Tancredi" and in 1816 with "The Barber of Seville" (under the title of "Almaviva"). And while he wrote some songs and sacred works along the way, he won the world over with his operas and concluded with "Guillaume Tell" (William Tell) in 1829. Thereafter, he wrote sacred works and small works for his own delight that he shared with his friends at soirées in his home (they were regular and sought after events between 1857 until his death in 1868). He wrote hundreds of these pieces and would play the piano (he called himself a pianist of the fourth class) for the singers. Rossini referred to these short songs, pieces for small ensembles, and solo pieces as his "Sins of Old Age" ("Péchés de viellesse"), however he never printed them and, in fact, many of have yet to be printed (but should be).

This disk was recorded in 1990 just before Bartoli's twenty-fourth birthday. Her voice is so beautiful and flexible with many rich colors that each piece sounds like a jewel. Yes, she is a very young singer and her voice has become even richer as she has matured, but this is a glorious disk and something you will want to listen to repeatedly. Some of the songs are short, others are a bit longer, and there is the big finish with the full cantata "Giovanna d'Arco" ("Joan of Arc") from 1832 (but first publicly performed in 1859). It was composed as a gift for Olympe Pellisier, who became his second wife in 1847.

Enjoy!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tom Williams on August 31, 2005
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I was surprised that no one had commented on this fine recording before. It's been around for quite a while, I've owned it for ten years and it is still one of my favorite Rossini recordings.

Cecilia Bartoli made her mark early as an interpreter of Rossini's work and this album gives ample evidence that the buzz surrounding her early career was more than just hype. While she is known as today's pre-eminent mezzo-soprano, she was a virtual unknown when she recorded this.

Her technique and voice type are perfect for these songs but it is her obvious love for, and command of, the Rossini repetoire which set this CD apart from most.

The three installments of "La regatta Veneziana" may be the best on record, but buy this for "Giovanna D'Arco." This is masterful work, particularly from such a relatively young and, at the time, inexperienced singer.

While Cecilia' maturity and confidence in her abilities have, of late, made her performances sometimes seem almost effortless, the exuberance of a young Cecilia makes this set irresistable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. page on March 12, 2008
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Cecilia Bartoli started her career with Rossini (and Mozart), and became known for it. By this recital I can see how. Though her voice had yet to grow into the lush, full sound she has today, her voice in this recording is yet robust and colorful; and her singing is very beautiful. The personality of each song is present in her performances; her musicality and expressiveness are at times disarming. Her Italian, of course, is beautiful and very clear, but her French is also very good. The songs themselves are passionate as is "Giovanni D'arco" (Joan of Arc), which Cecilia sings dramatically and with depth of character, and sweet, like "Belta crudele," which she sings with a wide range of dynamics from the darling piannisimo to the haunting forte. Every aria is lush with meaning and character. Anyone who likes, or adores, Cecilia ought to have this recital in her collection. I would also recommend her "Mozart Portraits" or "Mozart Arias" recordings made before 1996 to experience her early success.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louise on April 15, 2013
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This CD has the music of Gioachino Antonio Rossini. Track 1-12 is in Italian with No.4 La regatta veneziana in the Venetian dialect. Tracks 13-18 are in French. Rossini moved to Paris with his second wife Olympe Pelissier. The composer prepared hundreds of works for piano and voice and small instrumental ensembles. Track 19 is in the bolero style. Rossini wrote French and Spanish songs in his early life. Canzonetta spagnuola dates from 1821. This song is in Spanish. Most of the songs are short. Track 20 Giovanna d'Arco was composed for his wife Olympe in 1832. It is in Italian. The song talks of Joan of Arc following the will of God to lead the French against the English. The opera was performed for the public in 1859. Giovanna d'Arco is the most operatic of Rossini's music. All of the music is restful with piano music in the background. Many of Rossini's music is not well known and remain unpublished to this day. This is the finest selection of music by the diverse composer. Bartoli is of course the QUEEN OF ROSSINI! She sings these operatic pieces beautifully. This CD is a must have to add to your opera collection!
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