- Medo, opera: Cervo in bosco
Cecilia Bartoli is loved the world over for her vocal fireworks and spectacular coloratura, but she is also adored for her spine-tingling pianissimo (singing very softly) and her ability to shape endless, velvety phrases. This is the first compilation of her recordings to focus on the irresistibly sensual side of Cecilia Bartoli's art.
Sospiri contains favorite arias by Mozart and Handel, bel canto jewels by Bellini and Rossini, and treasures by Vivaldi, as well as music that Bartoli has "rediscovered' on her recent solo albums.
The album includes a previously unreleased recording of Vinci's "Cervo in bosco," the calling card of Farinelli, one of the greatest of all castrati. Also included is a new interpretation of Rosina's aria "Una voce poco fa" from Rossini's Barber of Seville -- the dazzling aria of young love with which Bartoli first shot to international stardom. On this track, recorded during the Maria sessions, Bartoli is accompanied by the fantastic period-instrument orchestra La Scintilla.
The album also includes several duets: Mozart's "La ci darem la mano" with Bryn Terfel, Mascagni's "Tutto tace" (Cherry Duet) with Luciano Pavarotti, and a very original one with violinist Maxim Vengerov -- Mendelssohn's "Ah ritorna," an excerpt from the rarely performed concert aria "Infelice!" From the Label
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