Cecilia & Bryn: At Glyndebourne - Arias & Duets

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Overview

Featuring the renowned mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli and the equally celebrated bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, this 1999 production is considered one of the best opera recitals of the decade. The live performance includes selections from "The Magic Flute," "The Marriage of Figaro," "Judas Maccabeus," "La Clemenza di Tito," "Don Giovanni," and "L'Anima del Filosofo." ~ Tracie Cooper
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Overview

Featuring the renowned mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli and the equally celebrated bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, this 1999 production is considered one of the best opera recitals of the decade. The live performance includes selections from "The Magic Flute," "The Marriage of Figaro," "Judas Maccabeus," "La Clemenza di Tito," "Don Giovanni," and "L'Anima del Filosofo." ~ Tracie Cooper
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Patrick Giles
For this April 1999 gala at England's Glyndebourne Opera House, the Italian mezzo Cecilia Bartoli and the Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel came together to create a euphonically rich and memorable evening. Both singers are prized for beautiful, well-trained, musically incisive voices and vivid stage personalities, and the program of arias and scenes displays all their talents in an ideal light. Happily, neither singer affects the stuffy demeanor frequently demanded of soloists fronting an orchestra (as opposed to playing characters in full set and costume). They enter to sing when the music demands, not beforehand (in search of applause); they play the arias and scenes not only with their voices but their expressions, gestures, and bodies. Together, they are at their best in Mozart, essaying selections from Le Nozze di Figaro (which they've performed together) and Die Zauberflöte and Don Giovanni (which they haven't). Alone, Terfel is most effective singing Handel's "Arm, arm ye brave," from Judas Maccabeus. Bartoli, after a "Parto, parto" from Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito that has fine sound and shape but not quite enough insight, comes through with "Bel raggio lusinghier" from Rossini's Semiramide, a festival of rapid-fire, spirited singing. The final effect fulfills the gala mandate: the listener's ears are stuffed with abundant, gorgeously played music. --
Gramophone - John Steane
The two well-matched singers get exactly right the tricky question of just how much 'acting' to do in a concert performance. Here Terfel-Figaro enters through the orchestra, shakes the conductor's hand lightly in passing, and starts to pace out room measurements, counting and making pencilled notes. Susanna arrives with a pretty piece of Spanish lace in her hands, and the stage is set... This and the duet from Rossini's Barbiere are models of partnership.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2008
  • UPC: 809478070054
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Source: Bbc / Opus Arte
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 80,811

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cecilia Bartoli Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Bryn Terfel Baritone (Vocal)
Myung-Whun Chung Conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra Ensemble
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cecila & Bryn: At Glyndebourne - Arias & Duets
1. Mozart: Le Noze di Figaro - Overture
2. Cinque...Dieci...
3. Se a Caso Madama
4. Se Vuol Ballare
5. Mozart: La Celmenza di Tito - Parto, Parto
6. Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Overture
7. Dunque Io Son
8. Mozart: Don Giovanni - Madamina, Il Catalogo È Questo
9. Haydn: L'anima Del Filosofo - Al Tuo Seno Fortunato
10. Donizetti: L'elisir D'amore - Quanto Amore!
11. Mozart: Don Giovanni - Là Ci Darem la Mano
12. Handel: Judas Maccabeus - Arm, Arm, Ye Brave
13. Rossini: Semiramide - Bel Raggio Lusinghier
14. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - Pa-pa-pa-pa
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Two Stars Who Enjoy Singing Together

    You'd have to look hard to find an opera star who obviously enjoys singing as much as Cecilia Bartoli. Her face lights up to the orchestra, to the conductor and to the audience. Bryn Terfel comes close, though, and from their opening duet from Mozart's 'Il nozze di Figaro' the fun they both have singing together is evident. These are consummate artists who interpret the music with skill, sensitivity and obvious joy. This DVD is an audio and visual treat. Which is not to say that there are no defects in the DVD. Opus Arte, the publisher, needs to check their quality control. Transitions between the musical numbers are often abrupt (Have they never heard of a cross-fade?). The scene menu is hard to read. The DVD itself has only a circular strip of approximately 2-point type that identifies the disc and which side to play for PAL or NTSC playback. This is even harder to read.

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