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Vivaldi Album
     

The Vivaldi Album

by Cecilia Bartoli
 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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'.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/1999
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028946656921
catalogNumber:
466569
Rank:
121668

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

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