Sospiri [2 CD]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
This compilation of selections from a number of Cecilia Bartoli's recitals from between 1994 and 2009, plus several newly released tracks, is unified by the theme of sighs, "sospiri." The music expresses a variety of moods, including sighs of resignation, relaxation, grief, ecstasy, and romantic pleasure. The first of the two CDs is devoted to secular music, much of it operatic, and the second to sacred pieces. The album should offer few surprises to anyone who has a preconceived opinion of Bartoli's vocalism. Fans of her exuberant personality and dramatic temperament will find just what they would expect, as will detractors who are put off by what they feel to be her ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
This compilation of selections from a number of Cecilia Bartoli's recitals from between 1994 and 2009, plus several newly released tracks, is unified by the theme of sighs, "sospiri." The music expresses a variety of moods, including sighs of resignation, relaxation, grief, ecstasy, and romantic pleasure. The first of the two CDs is devoted to secular music, much of it operatic, and the second to sacred pieces. The album should offer few surprises to anyone who has a preconceived opinion of Bartoli's vocalism. Fans of her exuberant personality and dramatic temperament will find just what they would expect, as will detractors who are put off by what they feel to be her excessive flamboyance. In any case, whatever one's opinion of the outcome, there's no denying that Bartoli throws herself into all her projects with absolute abandon. She is so deeply invested in wringing the emotional truth out of a piece that she is not afraid to let her voice stray from the principles of bel canto singing that require that tonal beauty be maintained at all times. An example is her handling of the extraordinary, anguished 10-minute scene from Geminiano Giacomelli's "Merope," which exploits her remarkable range, nuanced expressiveness, technical command, and soaring, floating tone, and in which she at points practically howls with animalistic rage. Her "Casta Diva" is sung nearly entirely sotto voce, almost whispered, a controversial choice that departs from usual interpretations, but that she convincingly puts across as valid. Her performance of "Una voca poco fa" is rather disingenuously billed as "first time on CD," promising an entirely new version of Rossini's popular aria, but in fact it is the usual piece, only very freely ornamented. Other performances are less radically original, including "Ombra mai fu," "Voi che sapete," and most of the sacred selections, but Bartoli brings her trademark depth of feeling to them. The album is beautifully engineered, with sound that is consistently first-rate, and the various accompanying ensembles are never less than stellar. Sospiri may not make fans of skeptics, but listeners devoted to Bartoli's often idiosyncratic approach are likely to be delighted with the album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2010
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947822493
  • Catalog Number: 001490802
  • Sales rank: 15,430

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra Mai Fu - George Frideric Handel & Giovanni Antonini (3:28)
  2. 2 Merope, opera: Sopsa, non mi conosci - Geminiano Giacomelli & Giovanni Antonini (10:01)
  3. 3 Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a: Lacisa la spina, cogli la rosa - George Frideric Handel & Avril Bardoni (5:54)
  4. 4 Farnace, opera in 3 acts, RV 711: Gelido in ogni vena (Da Capo section) - Antonio Vivaldi & Giovanni Antonini (5:05)
  5. 5 La Morte d'Abel, opera: Quel buon pastor son io - Antonio Caldara & Giovanni Antonini (10:18)
  6. 6 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (2:31)
  7. 7 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Là ci darem la mano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Avril Bardoni (3:14)
  8. 8 La sonnambula, opera: Ah! non credea mirarti - Vicenzo Bellini & Avril Bardoni (5:12)
  9. 9 Infelice, concert aria for soprano & orchestra, Op. 94: Scena ed Aria: Ah Ritorna, età dell'oro - Felix Mendelssohn & Avril Bardoni (5:14)
  10. 10 Ines de Castro, opera: Cari giorni a me sereni - Giuseppe Persiani & Avril Bardoni (4:10)
  11. 11 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Una voce poco fa - Gioachino Rossini & Avril Bardoni (5:37)
  12. 12 Norma, opera: Casta Diva - Vicenzo Bellini & Avril Bardoni (6:47)
  13. 13 L'amico Fritz, opera (commedia lyrica) in 3 acts: Tutto Tace (Cherry Duet) - Pietro Mascagni & Avril Bardoni (4:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Qui sedes ad dexteram patris - Johann Sebastian Bach & Avril Bardoni (5:11)
  2. 2 Vesperae solennes de confessore for soloists, chorus & orchestra, K. 339: Laudate dominum omnes gentes - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Avril Bardoni (5:02)
  3. 3 Stabat mater for 2 sopranos, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra: Fac ut portem christi mortem - Gioachino Rossini & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (4:33)
  4. 4 Ave Maria, for voice & piano (after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1) - Charles Gounod & Avril Bardoni (2:51)
  5. 5 Requiem, for orchestra, organ & chorus; for organ & chorus; for small ensemble, organ & chorus, Op. 9 (3 versions): Pie Jesu - Maurice Duruflé & Avril Bardoni (4:25)
  6. 6 Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass - César Franck & Avril Bardoni (4:20)
  7. 7 Requiem, for 2 solo voices, chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 48: Pie Jesu - Gabriel Fauré & Avril Bardoni (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cecilia Bartoli Primary Artist
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