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listen  1. A. Scarlatti: Cantata per la Notte del SS.mo Natale - Performing Edition by Claudio Osele - "All'arme si accesi guerrieri" (Aria dell Pace)Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. A. Scarlatti: Il Giardino di Rose (Oratorio La Santissima Vergine del Rosario) - Performing Edition by Claudio Osele - "Mentre io godo" (Aria della Speranza)Les Musiciens du Louvre 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Handel: Il Trionfo del Tiempo e del Disinganno - "Un pensiero nemico di pace"Les Musiciens du Louvre 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Caldara: Il Trionfo dell'Innocenza - Performing Edition by Claudio Osele - "Vanne pentita a piangere"Les Musiciens du Louvre 8:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Caldara: La Castità al Cimento (Il Trionfo della Castità) - Performing Edition by Claudio Osele - "Sparga il senso lascivo veleno"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. A. Scarlatti: Il Sedecia, Rè di Gerusalemme - Performing Edition by Claudio Osele - "Caldo Sangue"Les Musiciens du Louvre 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. A. Scarlatti: Il Giardino di Rose (Oratorio La Santissima Vergine del Rosario) - Performing Edition by Claudio Osele - "Ecco negl'orti tuoi...Che dolce simpatica"Les Musiciens du Louvre 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. A. Scarlatti: San Filippo Neri - Performing Edition by Claudio Osele - "Qui resta...L'alta Roma"Les Musiciens du Louvre 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Handel: Il Trionfo del Tiempo e del Disinganno - "Lascia la spina cogli la rosa"Les Musiciens du Louvre 5:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen12. Caldara: Santa Francesca Romana - Performing Edition by Claudio Osele - "Si piangete pupille dolente"Les Musiciens du Louvre 7:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen14. Handel: La Resurrezione - "Disserratevi oh porte d'Averno"Les Musiciens du Louvre 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Handel: La Resurrezione (1708) - Edition Clifford Bartlett - "Notte funesta...Ferma l'ali"Les Musiciens du Louvre 7:29$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Cecilia Bartoli, Jory Vinikour, Eric Bellocq, Sébastien Marq, Sebastien d'Hérin
  • Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel, Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Caldara
  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000A6T1HC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The world's best-selling female classical artist, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, offers a brand-new recording of some of the most intriguing fruits of the Baroque era: selections from long-unheard cantatas and oratorios by Caldara, Scarlatti and Handel. Researched and reassembled by Bartoli and musicologist Claudio Osele, this heretofore neglected music is revealed in its original light, in a breathtaking album that is filled with world premieres. Opera Proibita brings Bartoli together for the first time on Decca with the premiere early-music ensemble, Les Musiciens du Louvre, under the direction of Marc Minkowski. 2005.

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Cecilia Bartoli's new CD features a collection of music that could not be heard in her native Rome at the start of the 18th century due to Papal censorship. Theaters, the Church felt, were places of evil and corruption and operas led people to immorality. But some music-loving senior members of the priesthood asked composers to write oratorios and cantatas--indeed, operas without staging, essentially--for their own private entertainment. Call it what you will, the music is sensational--by turns virtuosic, gentle, and playful--and always expressive: just right, it seems, for Cecilia Bartoli's temperament. The opening aria on the CD, a call for peace in the name of Jesus, is, in fact, a dazzling martial air with trumpets blaring and the voice going through an amazing array of coloratura fireworks. It shows Bartoli at her most aggressive. The listener is practically hurled back from the speakers when she begins, with rapid-fire runs and trills and cascades of notes, all perfectly in place. Showy arias are offset by several tender ones ("Lascia la spina" from Handel's Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno returns in the composer's Rinaldo, four years later, as the now-famous "Lascia ch'io pianga"), and Bartoli exhibits again, her many, many levels of pianissimo and sensitive phrasing. Marc Minkowski and his Musiciens are just right for this repertoire and back Bartoli up superbly. This is a fascinating project, rivetingly performed and presented. --Robert Levine

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It's really amazing how Cecilia Bartoli controls her voice!
D. de Lange
I love all these stories how people who only listen to rock music heard Cecilia on the radio and went to buy this CD.
Valerie
She is great Rossini singer but her passion really comes through in Baroque music and on this album.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Cecilia Bartoli continues to grow as an artist and as an intelligent contributor to the realm of musically important yet neglected works. The concept of this recital - exhuming works once censored by the Church as inappropriate - include works by Handel, Scarlatti, and Caldara, some of which have made their way onto the concert stage, and some that have fallen into the cracks of the plethora of music from this period.

Bartoli is here supported by the fine conducting of Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre. The songs range from the florid bravura of Scarlatti's 'Serafini al nostro canto' to the simplicity and restraint of Caldara's 'Aria di Santa Eugenia. Vanne pentita a piangere'. It is of interest to know that these arias were for the most part written for castrati rather than for the female voice and Bartoli seems to appreciate that fact in her manner of performance.

This is not only an album of gorgeous singing, it is also an important recording of premieres of works that, were it not for Bartoli's insatiable curiosity and intelligence, would probably never have been available for our enjoyment. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, September 05
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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Erin Matthiessen on October 7, 2005
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This is singing of astonishing technical fluency and emotional power. I was not surprised by the ease and punch of her runs, trills, ornamentation; that is how Bartoli first impressed us. But in this recital, it is the power of her intense fragility, to borrow from e.e.cummings, that most moves me. The interpretation of "Lascia la spina" is breathtaking and heartbreaking. Like the fabulous Jo Stafford, she uses her amazing breath control as a means of emotional communication.

Through her last few CDs - the Vivaldi album, the Gluck project and now this current CD - Bartoli has emerged as a mature, full-bodied, full-on interpretive artist. There is no one on the current scene to match her for virtuosity, fearless risktaking, or emotional profundity.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Valerie on November 20, 2005
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This album is the most original and exciting classical CD release of the year! I love what Cecilia has done with this undiscovered music, she has more energy and brilliance than all other opera stars combined. I am actually glad she has stopped doing all this "regular" opera material, I don't need to hear any more Rossini and Mozart. Actually, by the end of 2006 which is Mozart anniversary year, we will all be really sick of Mozart... Based on this Opera Proibita album, I would like to hear ten more hours of early Handel and Caldara.
I wish other artists would leave standard repertoire behind and started singing this great music. Of course, not many people can actually sing these pieces, written for the great castrati, and Cecilia is one of the very few who can sing them with such bravura. The fast, acrobatic arias are dazzling and the slow arias are so beautiful. Vanne Pentita A Piangere is a real gem, and if it wasn't for Cecilia we would never hear it! This aria also displays her messa di voce, and ravishing pianissimo, they are to die for. Castrati were not famous for their upper range, and not required to have high notes as we know them today but I like the way Cecilia spices up these arias with few stratospheric high notes,they are totally brillianr and would make many sopranos green with envy, but she uses them with great taste.
I think the cover of this album is very witty, a tribute to that famous scene in Fellini's film classic. Indeed, in each aria Cecilia gives a us a little encapsulated movie scene. She is so good at making the text come alive, using many colors of her voice to highlight the effect. Her diction is perfect, but in case your Italian is little rusty, all the texts and translations are included.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Akimon Azuki on November 21, 2005
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Santa Cecilia is the patron saint of music, and Cecilia Bartoli is on her way to become the patron saint of forgotten Baroque music. I tried to be impartial about this album, as there were few vocal Cecialinisms on display that rubbed me the wrong way, but the religious zeal displayed by cara Cecila in preaching the Apocryphal Gospel of the Holy Baroque is just too much to handel.
Who else on the current vocal scene, male or female, has the technique to sing Farinelli's Son Qual Nave in concert, and then face the challenge of other extreme arias written for the castrato superstars in the days when opera was so hot, it was banned by the Pope, and composers turned to opera's younger cousin, the oratorio?
Cecilia also chooses to eschew the balmy evenings in Rome, sitting under canopy and sipping wine, and instead she's spending time in dark and possibly very musty libraries, rummaging through manuscripts. Caldara and other obscurities- can't she just go over to some music store and pick up a copy of "Handel's Pleasing and Pretty Arias for Everybody"?
Yes, there are mannerisms and crazy technique, and when all this is coupled with Cecilia's hyperkinetic energy, the result is often an aural equivalent of mad, cackling hen coming at you at 200 mph. Having just seen her live, I also have a hard time listening to Che dolce simpatia without seeing Cecilia bouncing up and down, like some pastoral bird that had little too much honey. Ciofi or Genaux could do these arias, possibly with a lot more polish and subtlety. But then it's Cecilia that makes it all is so damn exciting.
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