Maria

Maria

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by Cecilia Bartoli
     
 

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A tribute album with a difference, Maria venerates the greatest singer you've never heard. Maria Malibran was the world's first true opera diva: A Spanish mezzo-soprano born in Paris in 1808 to a prominent musical family, she rose to become a concert-hall sensation and muse to Rossini and Bellini, only to die at 28 in a riding accident. Her fame lingers todaySee more details below

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A tribute album with a difference, Maria venerates the greatest singer you've never heard. Maria Malibran was the world's first true opera diva: A Spanish mezzo-soprano born in Paris in 1808 to a prominent musical family, she rose to become a concert-hall sensation and muse to Rossini and Bellini, only to die at 28 in a riding accident. Her fame lingers today (a theatre in Venice, for instance, still bears her name), but she seems to have no greater contemporary fan than Cecilia Bartoli. The Italian mezzo has kept her own admirers satisfied in recent years with albums devoted to Vivaldi, Gluck, and Salieri, as well as a delicious showcase of Roman music composed under the watchful eye of Vatican censors. And true to form, Bartoli's Maria is no less vibrantly performed, original in concept, or meticulously researched. Even the most devoted classical listener will be intrigued by the program's many curiosities, such as Mendelssohn's concert scene "Infelice," featuring a languidly expressive violin solo from Maxim Vengerov, or Malibran's own "Rataplan," a march-time duet for Bartoli and snare drum. Other arias written for Malibran are similarly revealing -- from Giovanni Pacini's dramatic album opener to Lauro Rossi's charming "Scorrete, O Lagrime" -- while operatic chestnuts from Bellini's La Sonnambula, I Puritani, and Norma (the famous "Casta diva" as an album-closing treat) draw typically impassioned singing from Bartoli. Adam Fischer and the period-instrument Orchestra La Scintilla deliver first-rate accompaniment, and Bartoli herself once again displays the unbounded musical curiosity and expressive élan that stamps the best of her work.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
In this tribute to the great nineteenth century mezzo-soprano, Maria Malibran, Cecilia Bartoli sings selections from the repertoire for which Malibran was known. Malibran also ventured into soprano roles, and Bartoli bravely and entirely successfully follows her into that territory. In fact, the primary impression the CD creates is astonishment and awe at the extraordinary range of these selections, and Bartoli's ease, absolute security, and seamless delivery, from above the treble staff to the middle of the bass staff. Hummel's "Air à la Tirolienne avec variations" may not be a musical masterpiece, but as a showcase for Bartoli's range, dizzying coloratura, and yodeling ability, it is breathtaking. The collection is made up of much music written especially for Malibran, and besides giving Bartoli a chance to dazzle, the pieces are irrefutable testimony to how remarkable an artist Malibran must have been. Some of the most striking pieces are the recitative and aria from her father's opera "La Figlia dell'aria," a concert scena and aria by Mendelssohn, and a song by Malibran herself, which requires both a command of extended vocal techniques and a sense of humor, and Bartoli brings it off with panache. One of the strengths of the collection is its inclusion of so much repertoire that's virtually unknown today. Only three excerpts from Bellini operas and one by Rossini are likely to be familiar to most opera lovers. Bartoli's "Casta Diva" is a marvel of purity, restraint, and emotional vulnerability, and is by itself worth the price of the album. Adam Fischer conducts Orchestra La Scintilla in lively accompaniments to Bartoli's vibrant and supple performances. The CD should be of strong interest to any fans of early nineteenth century coloratura repertoire.
Gramophone - John Steane
This new recital is a brilliant summation of [Bartoli's] art and the special contribution it makes.
San Francisco Chronicle - Steven Winn
Bartoli plunges boldly into every challenge, floating a feathery trill in a Pacini aria, smoothing out the fussiness in a Hummel selection and carving a distinct character in Bellini's "La Sonnambula."
New Zealand Herald - William Dart
As to be expected, Bartoli comes up with the sort of singing that should be registered as an Olympic sport.
Newark Star-Ledger - Bradley Bambarger
1/2 One of the opera world's most distinctive talents.... It's an absorbing tale Bartoli tells.
Globe and Mail - Elissa Poole
Bartoli seems incapable of making anything sound generic, and in that she is one of a kind. So, apparently, was Malibran.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2007
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947590774
catalogNumber:
000998902
Rank:
80651

Tracks

  1. Irene (o L’assedio di Messina), opera: Se un mio desir... Cedi al duol  - Giovanni Pacini  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Giovanni Pacini  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Frédéric Chopin  - Gioachino Rossini  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Richard Evidon  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Victor Hugo  - Gudrun Meier  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Gaetano Rossi  - Susannah Howe  - Janina Clark  -  Orchestra "La Scintilla" der Oper Zürich  - Jürg Hämmerli  -  International Chamber Soloists  - Una Prelle  - Markus Wyler
  2. Irene (o L’assedio di Messina), opera: Ira del ciel  - Giovanni Pacini  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Giovanni Pacini  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Frédéric Chopin  - Gioachino Rossini  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Richard Evidon  - Adam Fischer  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Victor Hugo  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Gaetano Rossi  - Janina Clark  -  Orchestra "La Scintilla" der Oper Zürich  - Jürg Hämmerli  -  International Chamber Soloists  - Una Prelle  - Markus Wyler
  3. Ines de Castro, opera: Cari Giorni  - Giuseppe Persiani  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Giovanni Pacini  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Frédéric Chopin  - Gioachino Rossini  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Salvatore Cammarano  - Richard Evidon  - Adam Fischer  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Victor Hugo  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Janina Clark  -  Orchestra "La Scintilla" der Oper Zürich  - Maria Goldschmidt  - Daniel Pezzotti  - Una Prelle  - Markus Wyler
  4. Infelice, concert aria for soprano & orchestra, Op. 94  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Giovanni Pacini  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Frédéric Chopin  - Gioachino Rossini  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Richard Evidon  - Adam Fischer  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Victor Hugo  - Pietro Metastasio  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Maxim Vengerov  - Janina Clark  -  Orchestra "La Scintilla" der Oper Zürich  - Markus Wyler
  5. El poeta calculista, opera: Yo que soy contrabandista  - Manuel Garcia  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Giovanni Pacini  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Frédéric Chopin  - Gioachino Rossini  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Richard Evidon  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Victor Hugo  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Janina Clark  -  Orchestra "La Scintilla" der Oper Zürich  - Elena Vicini  - Isabel Amaya  - Ricardo Espinosa  - Claudio Mermoud  - Markus Wyler
  6. La sonnambula, opera: Ah! Non credea mirarti  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Giovanni Pacini  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Frédéric Chopin  - Gioachino Rossini  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Richard Evidon  - Adam Fischer  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Victor Hugo  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Felice Romani  - Janina Clark  -  Orchestra "La Scintilla" der Oper Zürich  - Jürg Hämmerli  - Celso Albelo  - Markus Wyler
  7. La sonnambula, opera: Ah! Non giunge  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Giovanni Pacini  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Frédéric Chopin  - Gioachino Rossini  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Richard Evidon  - Adam Fischer  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Victor Hugo  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Felice Romani  - Janina Clark  -  Orchestra "La Scintilla" der Oper Zürich  - Jürg Hämmerli  -  International Chamber Soloists  - Markus Wyler
  8. Air à la tirolienne avec variations, for voice & orchestra, Op. 118  - Johann Nepomuk Hummel  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Giovanni Pacini  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Frédéric Chopin  - Gioachino Rossini  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Richard Evidon  - Adam Fischer  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Victor Hugo  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Robert Pickup  - Janina Clark  -  Orchestra "La Scintilla" der Oper Zürich  - Maria Goldschmidt  - Markus Wyler
  9. La figlia dell'aria, opera: E non lo vedo... Son Regina  - Manuel Garcia  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Giovanni Pacini  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Frédéric Chopin  - Gioachino Rossini  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Richard Evidon  - Adam Fischer  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Victor Hugo  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Gaetano Rossi  - Janina Clark  -  Orchestra "La Scintilla" der Oper Zürich  - Jürg Hämmerli  -  International Chamber Soloists  - Markus Wyler
  10. Rataplan  - Maria Malibran  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Giovanni Pacini  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Frédéric Chopin  - Gioachino Rossini  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Richard Evidon  - Adam Fischer  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Victor Hugo  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Janina Clark  -  Orchestra "La Scintilla" der Oper Zürich  - Benjamin Forster  - Markus Wyler
  11. Tancredi, opera: Dopo tante e tante pene  - Gioachino Rossini  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Giovanni Pacini  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Frédéric Chopin  - Gioachino Rossini  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Richard Evidon  - Adam Fischer  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Victor Hugo  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Janina Clark  -  Orchestra "La Scintilla" der Oper Zürich  - Markus Wyler
  12. I Puritani, opera: O Rendetemi la speme... Qui la voce  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Giovanni Pacini  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Frédéric Chopin  - Gioachino Rossini  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Richard Evidon  - Adam Fischer  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Victor Hugo  - Carlo Pepoli (Count)  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Luca Pisaroni  - Janina Clark  - Celso Albelo  - Markus Wyler
  13. I Puritani, opera: Vien, diletto  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Giovanni Pacini  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Frédéric Chopin  - Gioachino Rossini  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Richard Evidon  - Adam Fischer  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Victor Hugo  - Carlo Pepoli (Count)  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Luca Pisaroni  - Janina Clark  - Celso Albelo  - Markus Wyler
  14. L'éclair, opera: Come dolce a me favelli  - Jacques-François Fromental Halévy  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Giovanni Pacini  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Frédéric Chopin  - Gioachino Rossini  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Richard Evidon  - Adam Fischer  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Victor Hugo  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Ada Pesch  - Janina Clark  -  Orchestra "La Scintilla" der Oper Zürich  - Markus Wyler
  15. Amelia (or Otto anni di costanza), opera: Scorrete, o lagrime  - Lauro Rossi  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Giovanni Pacini  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Frédéric Chopin  - Gioachino Rossini  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Calisto Bassi  - Richard Evidon  - Adam Fischer  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Victor Hugo  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Robert Pickup  - Janina Clark  -  Orchestra "La Scintilla" der Oper Zürich  - Jürg Hämmerli  -  International Chamber Soloists  - Markus Wyler
  16. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Prendi, per me sei libero  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Giovanni Pacini  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Frédéric Chopin  - Gioachino Rossini  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Richard Evidon  - Adam Fischer  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Victor Hugo  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Felice Romani  - Janina Clark  -  Orchestra "La Scintilla" der Oper Zürich  - Markus Wyler
  17. Norma, opera: Casta diva  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Fanny Mendelssohn  - Giovanni Pacini  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Frédéric Chopin  - Gioachino Rossini  - Cecilia Bartoli  - Richard Evidon  - Adam Fischer  - Eckhardt van den Hoogen  - Victor Hugo  - Jean-Claude Poyet  - Felice Romani  - Janina Clark  -  Orchestra "La Scintilla" der Oper Zürich  - Jürg Hämmerli  - Maria Goldschmidt  -  International Chamber Soloists  - Markus Wyler

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