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In the beginning, Cecilia Bartoli seemed to do one thing better than anybody, i.e., Rossini arias, which would not guarantee a long career even for a singer of her ebullience. This live performance from the Teatro Olympico in Vincenza, Italy, shows how much she's expanded, both linguistically and musically. The first five selections reflect her newfound specialty, early opera. The three Caccini selections from the 17th century--accompanied by small string ensemble--are deeply felt and stylistically convincing enough to make one eager for future forays. She's guilty of spinning out Handel's "Lascia la spina" excessively but hits new heights of virtuosity in Vivaldi's "Agitata da due venti." The rest of the disc is for voice and piano, in a program including both some genuine discoveries by French composer Pauline Viardot-Garcia that reveal the singer's increasing emotional depths and less consequential ones by Donizetti and Rossini. Bartoli also sings Spanish songs, most notably Montsalvatge's "Canto negro," proving that the singer doesn't venture into a new language until she can truly feel in it. Remarkably, her voice maintains its strength and body in the deeper, mezzo-ish regions as well as in the high, soprano-range areas. Might she have two voices? --David Patrick Stearns

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  1. Caccini: Tu ch'hai le penne, amoreCecilia Bartoli and Sonatori De La Gioiosa Marca 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Caccini: Amarilli mia bellaCecilia Bartoli and Sonatori De La Gioiosa Marca 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Caccini: Al fonte, al pratoCecilia Bartoli and Sonatori De La Gioiosa Marca 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Handel: Il Trionfo del Tiempo e del Disinganno / Part 2 - Lascia la spinaCecilia Bartoli and Sonatori De La Gioiosa Marca 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Vivaldi: Griselda / Act 3 - Agitata da due ventiCecilia Bartoli and Sonatori De La Gioiosa Marca 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Mozart: Oiseaux, si tous les ans, K.307Cecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Schubert: La pastorella, D.528Cecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Viardot: HavanaiseCecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Viardot: Hai luliCecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Berlioz: Zaïde, Op.19, No.1Cecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Bellini: Malinconia, ninfa gentileCecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Bellini: Ma rendi pur contentoCecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Donizetti: La conocchiaCecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Donizetti: Me voglio fa'na casaCecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Rossini: Mi lagnerò tacendo (in G, No.2)Cecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Rossini: Mi lagnerò tacendo "Il Risentimento" in D minor/majorCecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Rossini: Mi lagnerò tacendo "Sorzico"Cecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Rossini: L'Orpheline du Tyrol (Ballade élégie)Cecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Rossini: Zelmira / Act 2 - "Riedi al soglio"Cecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 6:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Act 2 - "Voi che sapete"Cecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Rossini: Canzonetta spagnuola "En medio a mis colores"Cecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Giordani: Caro mio benCecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Montsalvatge: Canto negro (Cinco canciones negras No.5)Cecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Bizet: Carmen / Act 1 - "Près des remparts de Séville"Cecilia Bartoli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Cecilia Bartoli, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
  • Composer: Vincenzo Bellini, Hector Berlioz, Giulio Caccini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000DBTM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,871 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By stardustraven on July 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have loved her low and warm voice ever since the first time I listened to her, the Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli. With respect and tenderness she treats the composers, whose works she performs while adding her own dimension. She transports me with her art. It is as if we become one person, and I experience her joy of music. Together we share a glimpse of eternity.

On this album which was recorded live at the Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy in 1998 Cecilia Bartoli offers her listeners a varied programme comprised of several composers: Caccini, Haendel, Vivaldi, Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Viardot, Schubert, Montsalvatge and Bizet. She's accompanied in Caccini, Haendel and Vivaldi by the Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca (Baroque string ensemble) and for the other pieces by Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano. The accompanying booklet contains the lyrics, translations and further information.

Ms. Bartoli certainly has expanded her musical horizons here in several ways. On this disc she sings in Italian, French and Spanish. I loved her intense and heartfelt rendition of Caccini's and Haendel's arias. The passionate acrobatics of Vivaldi. And the Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca gave her a fine support. She made a warm and lovely Cherubino in Mozart's famous 'Voi che sapete'. I also loved her sparkling interpretations of Viardot's 'Havanaise', Rossini's 'Mi lagnero tacendo' or his 'Canzonetta spagnuola'. But Montsalvatge's 'Canto negro' made me feel definitely uncomfortable and Ms. Bartoli herself didn't connect with it. Although I liked her rendition of Bizet's 'Seguedille, I still missed something there. Jean-Yves Thibaudet lends her an excellent, attentive and expressive support.

Although I would have preferred some more Baroque pieces at this concert, this live album is a keeper for me. Everytime the bundle of pure joy that is Cecilia Bartoli has the power to move me deeply!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 1999
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In brief, I found I was thrilled with the overall performance. Being a singer myself, and one who does sing this type of music, I did see some weaknesses that are starting to creep in -- a strange breathiness of tone in the piano notes, and a developing weakness in the middle range ( stretching too much for the beautiful, but unneeded top E flat in "Riedi al sogio" ). However, I did enjoy the intellegence behind the interpretations. The only numbers that really disappointed were: "Canto negro" and "the Seguedille" from Carmen. The first was simply an ugly piece which Bartoli's voice couldn't correct, and the second was simply unimpressive. As wonderful as she may be on stage, a Carmen she is not, at least not yet. However, for me, I will accept a few "bad notes" if the musical truth comes through and I am moved. I was moved! No performance and no performer are perfect, but when they move the innermost reaches of the soul, well, they have succeeded. Bartoli moves me, and thrills me. Is this her best album, perhaps not, but it is live and assumed "unedited." It gives a flare not always found in studio albums. And in closing, not all of the glory can go to her alone. Her accompanists ( the orchestra and particular the pianist, Jean-Yves Thibaudet ) deserve great appreciation. Poor accompaniment can kill even the greatest artist's creations, great accompaniments give an undesputed seal of finesse to a dedicated artist's performance. I whole heartedly recommend it, even if only for the evident joy radiated by the performers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sator on July 14, 2005
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Although I rarely follow singers, even I am totally disarmed by Cecilia's magic spell of charm that criticism fails me. You will see that most of my reviews of music are about modern or Renaissance music, so for me to go out and lavish praise on her is really something totally out of the ordinary. Then again her singing is out of the ordinary in that it has an instantly recognisable warmth and captivating personality that makes her the outstanding singer of the current generation for me.

I have been impressed by Cecilia's tendency to avoid the well worn paths of 19th century Italian operas in favour of championing neglected earlier music whether that be Vivaldi, Haydn, or Salieri. She has always talked about how the centre of gravity of Western music seems to be shifting backwards in time, and in her case this means away from the Austro-German tradition to the time when the Italians dominated music. After all the musical elite of even Wagner's time could be still be heard muttering 'but he just isn't as good as those Italian...' at premiers of works such as Tannhäuser and it took a lot of convincing before the the idea of German opera became accepted. This shift backward in time here is exemplified by way the recital begins with the music of Caccini, the father of opera.

Here on this recording I particularly love the spontaneity of the live music making. Her ability to capture the declamatory nature of much older music such as with Caccini, Vivaldi and Handel suite live recording perfectly. Her manner of conveying the meaning of the words especially when singing in Italian is simply unrivalled in this situation. This is the sort of thing that all too often gets lost in studio recordings so it is a blessing that this is a live recording, where Cecilia seems to just glow.
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