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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
This disc was recorded live in 1998, and it features, apart from a SEPTET (a chamber ENSEMBLE, unlike a chamber ORCHESTRA which generally requires something like 15 to 50 players),... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Raymond Louis Llompart
This might be a good teaching aid for opera student but not for a casual listner like me.
Worst of all the high pitch clipping noise of recording is terrible and the balance... Read more
This is insanely good I mean it.This is Cecilia's Shea Stadium concert.What isthere not to love.Her voice and that music.Buy it, don't regret not having this.Published on August 9, 2011 by MusicLover
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If you think you don't like listening to soprano soloists, you should buy this CD. Read more
'Live in Italy' by mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, accompanied by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is, for those of us who do not know Italian and are not avid opera fans, a simply... Read morePublished on June 12, 2006 by B. Marold
"Her natural command of messa di voce phrasing, willingness to shade the voice away to the quietest pianissimo and acute sensitivity to the words of Caccini's love songs proved... Read morePublished on January 30, 2003 by Rebecca of Amazon
Like all I have heard from Bartoli before, this is a wonderful CD, mainly because she is such a unique artist. Read morePublished on July 13, 2001 by omar
If you prefer heavy voice and live music, this Cd is for you. Otherwise you will be annoyed by the breathy tone and noise by the audiences. Read morePublished on August 14, 2000 by nate