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For more than two decades, Cecilia Bartoli has indisputably been one of the leading artists in the field of classical music. Her new opera roles, concert programmes and recording projects – exclusively on Decca – are eagerly awaited all over the world. The enormous success of her solo CDs such as The Vivaldi Album, Italian Arias by Gluck, The Salieri Album, Opera proibita, Maria, ... Read more in Amazon's Cecilia Bartoli Store

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  • Performer: Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky
  • Orchestra: I Barocchisti
  • Conductor: Diego Fasolis
  • Composer: Agostino Steffani
  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B008LSSI4S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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1. Schiere invitte, non tardate
2. Ogni core puo sperar
3. Ove son Chi m aita
4. Piu non v ascondo
5. Amami, e vederai
6. T abbraccio, mia Diva
7. Mie fide schiere, all armi!
8. Sposa, mancar mi sento
9. Non prendo consiglio
10. Si, si, riposa, o caro
11. Notte amica al cieco Dio
12. Combatton quest alma
13. A facile vittoria
14. Tra le guerre e le vittorie
15. Foschi crepuscoli
16. Dell alma stanca a raddolcir
17. La cerasta piu terribile
18. Serena, o mio bel sole
19. Dal tuo labbro amor m invita
20. Deh stancati, o sorte
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172 page booklet (which will not be reproduced when the jewel version comes out later) including historical essay and complete album notes and libretto

Autumn 2012 marks the release of Mission, a sensational release from the world s best-selling classical artist Cecilia Bartoli and a project with international politics, religious conflict, diplomatic secrecy, spying and sensational music at its heart.
Following the exceptional artistic and commercial success of 2009 s Sacrificium (which earned Cecilia her fifth Grammy award), Cecilia Bartoli now turns to the early baroque period for the first time in her recording career and uncovers a treasure of beautiful music in an album almost entirely composed of world premiere recordings.

The album showcases the music of little-known Italian composer Agostino Steffani (1654 1728), and will include solo arias of various moods and styles, several duets, solo numbers with chorus - all sung in Italian - and instrumental interludes that create an organic transition from one piece to the next and an arc that reaches from the beginning to the end of the album.

Steffanis story is mysterious at the very least; his name is largely absent from studies of Italian music despite holding senior court positions during his lifetime and contemporary accounts acknowledging him as one of the greatest opera composers of the period and the acknowledged master of the vocal duet (Colin Timms, author of the booklet note).

Such was the appeal of the project that longtime Bartoli admirer and global best-selling author Donna Leon decided to write a mystery novel - Jewels of Paradise - to accompany Cecilia s album, which uses the mystery surrounding the composer s story as the centre of its plot. Jewels of Paradise will be released simultaneously with Cecilia Bartoli s album in English (UK and USA), German, French, Dutch, Spanish and Catalan.

Among the distinguished names appearing on Mission is star French counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky who features in a first-time collaboration with Cecilia on a selection of duets, alongside the Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, the period orchestra I Barocchisti from Lugano, Switzerland, and conductor Diego Fasolis.

A cinematographic vision of the album directed by Olivier Simonnet and filmed in the historic Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) and in the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles will be available on DVD and for TV broadcast later in the year.

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Midgley on October 2, 2012
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The "Mission" of this CD's title has two meanings. One is a reference to the fact that the composer, Agostino Steffani, was throughout his career a man of many missions; for not only was he a musician of genius, he was also a diplomat and priest whose royal and ecclesiastical employers entrusted him with many important tasks, demanding both travelling stamina and negotiating skills in equal measure. The second meaning refers to the mission Cecilia Bartoli has clearly set herself - to introduce, to those who don't already know it, the marvellous music of this long-neglected mid-baroque composer.

The programme consists of a dazzling variety of arias and other extracts from Steffani's operas - all of them originally produced in Hanover or in the other German states where this Italian composer spent his adult life. They are performed by the brilliant Ms Bartoli herself, joined for the duets by no less than Philippe Jaroussky, and supported with both grace and panache by the early-music ensemble I Barocchisti directed by Diego Fasolis. The first few items set the tone superbly, quickly impressing upon the listener the dramatic range of styles and moods of which Steffani was such a master. We start with the brassy, warlike brilliance of `Schiere invitte' from "Alarico il Baltha". It's followed by a lilting, chaconne-like aria of melting beauty and grace from "Servio Tullio", `Ogni core può sperar' (Every heart may hope; mine alone must weep), its instrumental accompaniment with its delicious solo passages ever so tenderly played and just as beautiful; and so here we have an altogether lovely demonstration of Steffani's feeling for word-setting and of his genius for the expression of human emotions - which for today's listeners are among the most enticing qualities of the baroque.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bella on October 2, 2012
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I got this just a few hours ago, and already I am enchanted. It begins with the audiobook, a beautifully bound book with Bartoli's face staring out at you, charismatic as always. The contents are wonderful, pictures and articles with information that will enhance your understanding of Agostino Steffani, a greatly under known composer. By the time i reached for my computer to play the CD, i was already brimming with anticipation. I was not disappointed. The instrumentals are all lovely, the players have obviously given their best for this project. The vocals from all, not just Bartoli, are amazing. Each song is sung with energy and feeling. But the star is, of course, Cecilia Bartoli. The beauty and agility of her voice draws you in every time, in every song. As always, I am very pleased to have bought her album and wishing, as always, that there were more songs.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 5, 2012
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This is a terrific disc of arias by Steffani, a little-known baroque composer whom Cecilia Bartoli wants to bring to public attention. In my experience, little-known composers are often little-known for a very good reason, but not Steffani. Bartoli is right - his music is excellent and well worth bringing to light as she does here with a disc made up very largely of first recordings.

And what recordings they are! Bartoli is, as always, excellent. She has a stunning technical mastery and a deep understanding of the music and text she is singing, with the control to avoid spilling into over-emotional self indulgence. Her voice is beautiful, rich and sensuous and she uses it here to create something very special from Steffani's music. The orchestra are also excellent, giving the pieces real drama, passion or a joyous zing as appropriate, and to cap it all Bartioli is joined by the great countertenor Philippe Jaroussky in four duets. It is a pleasure from start to finish.

I am sorry to sound gushing - this disc has a provocative cover and has been very heavily marketed and promoted, which to me often means a rather ordinary product. Not here - this is a terrific CD of fine music, beautifully performed and is warmly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emanon on January 15, 2013
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Lush, ravishing, all-absorbing - Cecilia Bartoli's performance places Steffani's music in the heavenly spheres where it belongs. And what a back-story! Steffani's life reads like a novel by Umberto Eco. The production effortlessly conceals the painstaking research and musicology which supports it; and on the CD cover, the controversial image of the glamorous soprano as a priest summons you, to seek the treasures within. A must have!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Palladino on January 4, 2013
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Everything this great opera star records is a marvel.....I cannot wait until her next recorded venture. Cecilia Bartoli is unmatched as a classical songstress.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Tolleson-Rinehart on December 15, 2012
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Grazie mille to Cecilia Bartoli for rescuing Agostino Steffani from wholly undeserved obscurity. Every moment of music here is exquisite, and the supporting documentation is informative and delightful. If you love the Baroque and pre-Baroque, you will adore this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Blane on December 9, 2012
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This may be Cecelia Bartoli's most significant album. We love the beautiful music she brings to life. We listen at home, carry it on trips to play in the car, a powerful collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Ramos on May 7, 2013
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Cecilia Bartoli continues being a fascinating singer, an authentic artist not only equipped with inmense vocal and interpretative qualities but also endowed with a great desire to revive first rate music of obscure composers. On this occasion Bartoli dedicates an album to the music of Agostino Steffani, a fascinating figure who created music of a hybrid flavor that is difficult to classify in comparison with other composers of his era. The selections of this CD offer a great variety of moods and styles, from martial, virtousic pieces to introspective soliloquies, most of them solo pieces with some duets and choral interventions. Bartoli displays her well known qualities on these selections. It is admirable how the voice retains its freshness and beauty;her technical prowess is beyond limits. She could spin a soft legato line with spellbinding effect (as in Ogni coure può sperar, and Amami,e vederai)as well as dazzle with her virtuoso displays (Mie fide chiere, a facile victoria). There is in the singer's delivery a complete commitment to deliver the emotions of the music from anger to sadness to exultant joy (my favorite selection is Piű non v'ascondo, an irresistible and too short excerpt perfectly fitted to Bartoli's sense of fun). The enthusiasm of the star is infectious, as she inspires countertenor Philippe Jaroussky (who beautifully matches Bartoli in some delightful duets) as well as the forces of I Barochisti and the Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera conducted by Diego Fasolis. The mission intitiated by Bartoli should be continued in full performances of Steffani's operas. I have no doubt that this project will encourage more works dedicated to the music of the fascinating Agostino Steffani.
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