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Cecilia Bartoli - Live In Italy / Thibaudet, Et Al


Release Date: 10/20/1998 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 455981   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giulio CacciniGeorge Frideric HandelAntonio VivaldiWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Cecilia BartoliJean-Yves Thibaudet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is harvest time with Bartoli now. Never has her art been richer and more abundant in its yield, and never have the fruits been so glowingly displayed on record. Her voice is still in lovely, almost unflawed condition. With the assurance of a practised technique that she has made completely her own she is free to discover more in the music she sings and to realize the expressive resources open to her. If one wishes to take stock of her growth as an artist, the second item in her programme, Caccini’s Amarilli affords an opportunity. She recorded it first in 1990 with piano accompaniment by Gyorgy Fischer in a touching performance, beautiful as sound and sensitive in mood (Decca, 12/92). But the mood was set, and she was singing a song Read more written and remembered. In the new record she is living and seemingly inventing it. Thus the development of feeling at “Credilo pur” brings a fresh impulse, a more urgent appeal, and the repetitions of the beloved name acquire a musing, improvisatory quality. All of this (and much more of its kind) is sheer enrichment.

Nevertheless, if the vocal equivalent of a selective weedkiller could be employed, it might make short work of two other fast-growing products of this fair field. One, the persistent aspirating of runs, is probably too deep-rooted by now; the other, more insidious, is of comparatively recent cultivation, a breathy winsomeness, an exhalation of pretty pathos or girlish wide-eyed intimacy. If this were reserved for occasional use it might be acceptable and effective, but in the present recital (as on the last several occasions when I have heard her ‘in the flesh’) it is habitual. As for the technique used in passagework such as abounds in the Vivaldi aria, it does facilitate rapid movement and helps to ensure clear articulation; but Emma Kirkby’s record, taken at only a slightly slower tempo, shows that clarity is compatible with a method much closer to legato and without unmusical intrusions between notes.

All the same, that comparison brings us back to what is special about Bartoli – the vastly richer voice for one thing, and her intensely concentrated power of varied expression. Everything is heightened in these performances – the rich depth of contralto tone, languor and vivacity in the Viardot songs, the panache of the Berlioz, and smouldering promise and fiery fulfilment of Rossini’s Canzonetta spagnuola. The variety of accompaniments is another attraction, all delightfully played. With the live atmosphere of the concert-hall and the sense of freedom around the voice, this is surely the most faithful and revealing of all Bartoli’s records to date.

-- Gramophone [11/1998]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Nuove musiche e nuova maniera de scriverle: Tu ch' hai le penne by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Le nuove musiche: Amarilli mia bella by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Nuove musiche e nuova maniera de scriverle: Al fonte al prato by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, HWV 46a: Lascia la spina, cogli la rosa by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1707 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Griselda, RV 718: Agitata da due venti by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Oiseaux, si tous les ans, K307/K284d by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Written: 1777-78 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: French 
7.
Havanaise by Pauline Viardot-Garcia
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
8.
Hai luli by Pauline Viardot-Garcia
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: French 
9.
Zaïde, Op. 19 no 1 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: French 
10.
Ariette (6) da camera: no 1, Malinconia, ninfa gentile by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Ariette (6) da camera: no 6, Ma rendi pur contento by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
La conocchia by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
Soirées d’automne à l’Infrascata: no 4, Me voglio fa' na casa "Amor marinaro" by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
Caro mio ben by Tommaso Giordani
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This song was more likely composed by Giuseppe Giordani. 
15.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi che sapete che cosa è amor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16.
Carmen: Près des ramparts de Seville "Seguidilla" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
17.
Canciones negras (5): no 5, Canto negro by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Spain 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
18.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 2 "Album français": no 11, L'orphéline du Tyrol "Ballade élégie" by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: French 
19.
Mi lagnerò tacendo by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
20.
Zelmira: Pura fede, amor sincero...Deh, circondatemi by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
21.
Canzonetta spagnuola by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
22.
La pastorella al prato no 2, D 528 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
23.
Mi lagnerò tacendo "Il risentimento" by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
24.
Sorzico by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Tu ch'hai le penne, amore
Amarilli mia bella
Al fonte, al prato
Il Trionfo del Tiempo e del Disinganno / Part 2: Lascia la spina
Griselda / Act 3: Agitata da due venti
Oiseaux, si tous les ans, K.307
La pastorella, D.528
Havanaise
Hai luli
Zaïde, Op.19, No.1
Malinconia, ninfa gentile
Ma rendi pur contento
La conocchia
Me voglio fa'na casa
Mi lagnerò tacendo (in G, No.2)
Mi lagnerò tacendo "Il Risentimento" in D minor/major
Mi lagnerò tacendo "Sorzico"
L'Orpheline du Tyrol (Ballade élégie)
Zelmira / Act 2: "Riedi al soglio"
Le nozze di Figaro / Act 2: "Voi che sapete"
Canzonetta spagnuola "En medio a mis colores"
Caro mio ben
Canto negro (Cinco canciones negras No.5)
Carmen / Act 1: "Près des remparts de Séville"

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