The Vivaldi Album

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Barnes & Noble - Benjamin Ivry
Superstar mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli attacks this Grammy-winning collection of Vivaldi arias with her typical fiery zest. Drawn from superb operas rarely heard in their entirety, like "La fida ninfa" and "L'Olimpiade," the melodies veer between lyrical charm and blistering drama. Bartoli's ardent advocacy of this music should silence any critics who complain about the composer's lack of variety. Vivaldi's music offers much more than these deservedly popular instrumental suites, and Bartoli captures this wide emotional range, from the delicately pastoral "Zefiretti che sussurate" to the sprightly "Gelido in ogni vena" to the moving plaint "Dite Ohim?." More overtly ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Benjamin Ivry
Superstar mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli attacks this Grammy-winning collection of Vivaldi arias with her typical fiery zest. Drawn from superb operas rarely heard in their entirety, like "La fida ninfa" and "L'Olimpiade," the melodies veer between lyrical charm and blistering drama. Bartoli's ardent advocacy of this music should silence any critics who complain about the composer's lack of variety. Vivaldi's music offers much more than these deservedly popular instrumental suites, and Bartoli captures this wide emotional range, from the delicately pastoral "Zefiretti che sussurate" to the sprightly "Gelido in ogni vena" to the moving plaint "Dite Ohimè." More overtly dramatic than her previous recital recordings, the many fireworks on The Vivaldi Album -- from "Dopo un Orrida Procella" to "Di trombe guerriere" -- will grab your attention. The chamber ensemble Il Giardino Armonico provides sensitively pliant accompaniment, following Bartoli with turn-on-a-dime precision.
New York Times - Matthew Gurewitsch
A listener follows [The Vivaldi Album] like the spellbound poet of Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann, watching the mechanical doll Olympia through magic glasses. The sheer speed, range and intricacy (as well as accompaniments that sometimes tinkle like a music box) hint at clockwork wonders even as Ms. Bartoli's warmth gives the music a living breath and heart.
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Bartoli tackles her discoveries with infectious glee, enjoying too the beguiling instrumental palette of Il Giardino Armonico, whose pair of flageolets, duetting over muted violins and pizzicato violas and cellos, calm the torments of love in 'Di due rai'.

Bartoli tackles her discoveries with infectious glee, enjoying too the beguiling instrumental palette of Il Giardino Armonico, whose pair of flageolets, duetting over muted violins and pizzicato violas and cellos, calm the torments of love in 'Di due rai'.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1999
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028946656921
  • Catalog Number: 466569
  • Sales rank: 108,689

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dorilla in Tempe (I), opera ("melodramma erioco-pastorale") in 3 acts, RV 709: Dell'aura al sussurrar - Giovanni Antonini & Antonio Vivaldi (2:04)
  2. 2 Griselda, opera in 3 acts, RV 718: Dopo un'orrida procella - Giovanni Antonini & Antonio Vivaldi (4:12)
  3. 3 Di due rai languir costante, aria from unknown opera for voice, two flagelets, strings & continuo, RV 749.4 - Giovanni Antonini & Antonio Vivaldi (5:20)
  4. 4 Orlando finto pazzo, opera in 3 acts, RV 727: Qual favellar?... Anderò, volerò, grider - Giovanni Antonini & Antonio Vivaldi (3:01)
  5. 5 Zeffiretti, che sussurrate, aria from unknown opera for voice, strings & continuo, RV 749.21 - Giovanni Antonini & Antonio Vivaldi (7:44)
  6. 6 La Fida ninfa, opera in 3 acts, RV 714: Alma oppressa - Giovanni Antonini & Antonio Vivaldi (5:45)
  7. 7 La Fida ninfa, opera in 3 acts, RV 714: Dite, oim - Giovanni Antonini & Antonio Vivaldi (3:07)
  8. 8 Giustino, opera in 3 acts, RV717: Sventurata navicella - Giovanni Antonini & Antonio Vivaldi (2:01)
  9. 9 Giustino, opera in 3 acts, RV717: Sorte, che m'invitasti... Ho nel petto un cor sì f - Giovanni Antonini & Antonio Vivaldi (8:22)
  10. 10 L' Olimpiade, opera in 3 acts, RV 725: Tra le follie... Siam navi all'onde algenti - Giovanni Antonini & Antonio Vivaldi (6:49)
  11. 11 Farnace, opera in 3 acts, RV 711: Gelido in ogni vena - Giovanni Antonini & Antonio Vivaldi (11:09)
  12. 12 Il Tamerlano (Il Bajazet), opera ("tregedia per musica") in 3 acts (pasticcio compiled by Vivaldi), RV703: Anch'il mar par che sommerga - Giovanni Antonini & Antonio Vivaldi (4:01)
  13. 13 Teuzzone, opera in 3 acts (partly by others), RV 736: Di trombe guerriere - Giovanni Antonini & Antonio Vivaldi (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cecilia Bartoli Primary Artist
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