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Cecilia & Bryn - Duets / Chung, Orchestra Of Santa Cecilia


Release Date: 03/09/1999 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 1154012   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartGaetano DonizettiGioachino Rossini
Performer:  Cecilia BartoliBryn TerfelJohn Fisher
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia OrchestraSanta Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Splendidly well-matched duettists, Bartoli and Terfel (or are we on Christian-name terms even in review?) are as vivid a pair of vocal comedians-and-charmers as any in the business. The fatal thing would be if they tried to outdo each other, but, to all aural appearances, they do not: they spark naturally and nicely, and gain accordingly, both as individuals and as an act.

They are also instinctively good at making records. Recitative can be light and quick-witted – listeners are following the libretto and don’t need points underlined or played for laughs. Don Giovanni can whisper sweet nothings in Zerlina’s ear, Adina can suggest a subtle compound of feelings in a shading of tone. Both
Read more singers know that their voice-faces must never go blank, the unseen movements inert, and in the Papagena-Papageno duet (for instance) the interplay is as clear to the mind’s eye as any stage-action would be in the theatre. Sometimes there is a hair’s-breadth misjudgement (in Il barbiere Rosina’s ‘Un biglietto?’ should surely be all surprise and wonderment, and the ‘Eccola qua’ a businesswoman’s fait accompli), but generally all goes well, the point being that there is nothing ‘general’ about it (when Figaro, in the other opera, starts on his room-measurements in the very opening moments of the disc he is actually counting, we ‘see’ him and know that this is what for the moment is on his mind).

Of the singing as such, it is good to be able to report Terfel on graceful form and Bartoli in fine voice – though I do wish she would find another way of singing Rossini’s groups and runs. In the Barbiere duet, for example, ‘Fortunati affetti miei’ and ‘Ah, tu solo’ are done in the way which now seems to be the only one she knows, semi-aspirated, semi-staccato; and it really isn’t the only, or the best, way, as is clear if one samples at random four others, Victoria de los Angeles, Maria Callas, Jennifer Larmore and Susanne Mentzer, all of whom are graceful and apt in a way that makes Bartoli’s manner almost grotesque. Come to that, Terfel could stand to gain by a little comparative listening also: Figaro’s semiquavers as executed by Sesto Bruscantini (with los Angeles – EMI, 5/92) are quite a different thing. Still, much remains to be enjoyed in the new disc, finely recorded and with stylish accompaniment under Myung-Whun Chung. And a few semiquavers shouldn’t come between friends like Cecilia, Bryn and their multitudinous admirers.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Cinque - Dieci [opening scene] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Academy of St. Cecilia, Rome, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Se a caso madama by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Fisher (Harpsichord), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Academy of St. Cecilia, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The preceding recitative, "Cosa stai misurando," is given a separate track on this recording. 
3.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Se vuol ballare, Signor contino by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Fisher (Harpsichord), Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Academy of St. Cecilia, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The preceding recitative, "Or bene, ascolta, e taci," is given a separate track on this recording. 
4.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Crudel, perchè finora by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), John Fisher (Harpsichord), Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Academy of St. Cecilia, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Signor..." 
5.
Un moto di gioia, K 579 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Academy of St. Cecilia, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Il core vi dono by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  John Fisher (Harpsichord), Bryn Terfel (Baritone), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Academy of St. Cecilia, Rome, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The preceding recitative, "Passeggiamo anche noi," is given a separate track on this recording. 
7.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Là ci darem la mano by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Baritone), John Fisher (Harpsichord), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Academy of St. Cecilia, Rome, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The preceding recitative, "Alfin siam liberati," is given a separate track on this recording. 
8.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Papagena! Papagena! by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Academy of St. Cecilia, Rome, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Quanto amore...Una tenera occhiatina by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Bryn Terfel (Baritone), John Fisher (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Academy of St. Cecilia, Rome, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The preceding recitative, "Come sen va contento," is given a separate track on this recording. 
10.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Dunque io son la fortunata by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), John Fisher (Harpsichord), Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Academy of St. Cecilia, Rome, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: The preceding recitative, "Ebben, signor Figaro," is given a separate track on this recording. 
11.
L'italiana in Algeri: Ai capricci della sorte by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Baritone), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Academy of St. Cecilia, Rome, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Le nozze di Figaro / Act 1: "Cinque... dieci... venti..."
Le nozze di Figaro / Act 1: "Cosa stai misurando"
Le nozze di Figaro / Act 1: "Se a caso Madama la notte ti chiama"
Le nozze di Figaro / Act 1: "Or bene, ascolta, e taci"
Le nozze di Figaro / Act 1: "Se vuol ballare, signor Contino"
Le nozze di Figaro / Act 2: "Un moto di gioia" (Alternative aria)
Le nozze di Figaro / Act 3: Recit: "Signor..."
Le nozze di Figaro / Act 3: "Crudel! perchè finora"
Così fan tutte / Act 2: "Passegiammo anche noi.."
Così fan tutte / Act 2: "Il cor vi dono"
Don Giovanni / Act 1: "Alfin siam liberati"
Don Giovanni / Act 1: "Là ci darem la mano"
Die Zauberflöte / Act 2: "Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Papagena!"
Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1: Recit: "Ebben, signor Figaro?"
Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1: No.7 Duetto: "Dunque io son... tu non m'inganni?"
L'italiana in Algeri / Act 1: Ai capricci della sorte
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Come sen va contento"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Quanto amore!"

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