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Maria - Cecilia Bartoli


Release Date: 10/16/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000998902   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giovanni PaciniGiuseppe PersianiFelix MendelssohnManuel Garcia,   ... 
Performer:  Cecilia BartoliMaxim Vengerov
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scintilla Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Commitment, adventure, thrilling voice: that's Malibran, and glorious Bartoli too

Bartoli is back. “Did she ever go away?” you ask. Well, no, but in that central spotlight which focuses upon some half-dozen leading singers, we have been less conscious of her presence, if only because it has been a constant for so long. But this new recital is a brilliant summation of her art and the special contribution it makes. At best, she has brought an individuality and sense of personal commitment to her singing, rare both in kind and degree. Voice and usage have always been fascinating, whatever their limitations. Enthusiasm, the awareness of a remarkable
Read more will-power and with it the recognition of an adventurous musical spirit in seeking out new material: all these have further distinguished her. And now she appears to have found a figure on whom she can hang all these gifts while exploring the repertoire that appeals to her most strongly.

Maria Malibran (1808_36) is now remembered for her death almost as much as for her life. In poor health, she sang in a duet which became so competitive that she determined to repeat it, thus vanquishing her rival, even if it killed her. And it did; at least, she died (in Manchester, aged 28) nine days later. The concentration of a scorching will-power is strikingly caught in Bartoli's performances: in the cabaletta of the first item, from Pacini's Irene, for instance, the phrase “mi squarcia il seno” is almost ferociously intense. Gaiety and charm were also at Malibran's command, as they are at Bartoli's in the Spanish song by the father, Manuel García, and in Maria's own “Rataplan”. The quality of her voice is variously reported (at times she was said to be practically voiceless), but there is no doubt about the magical effect of her singing upon her audiences. If it was anything like the spell Bartoli herself casts in the quiet rapture of her “Casta diva” it must have been memorable indeed.

-- John Steane, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1. Irene: Se un mio desir...Cedi al duol by Giovanni Pacini
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scintilla Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2. Irene: Ira del ciel by Giovanni Pacini
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scintilla Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3. Ines de Castro: Cari giorni by Giuseppe Persiani
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scintilla Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1835; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4. Infelice, Op. 94 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Maxim Vengerov (Violin)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scintilla Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Version: 1834
Composition written: Germany (1834).
Composition revised: Germany (1843). 
5. El poeta calculista: Yo que soy contrabandista by Manuel Garcia
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scintilla Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
6. La sonnambula: Ah, non credea mirarti by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scintilla Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7. Air à la tirolienne avec variations, Op. 118 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scintilla Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1829 
Length: 7 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8. La figlia dell'aria: E non lo vedo...Son regina by Manuel Garcia
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scintilla Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1826; New York 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9. La fille du régiment: Rataplan by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scintilla Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
10. Tancredi: Di tanti palpiti by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scintilla Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11. I puritani: Qui la voce sua soave by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scintilla Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12. Clari: Come dolce a me favelli by Jacques Halévy
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scintilla Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13. Amelia, ovvero Otto anni di costanza: Scorrete, o lagrime by Lauro Rossi
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scintilla Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14. L'Elisir d'Amore: Prendi, per me sei libero by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scintilla Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15. Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scintilla Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Featured Sound Samples

Irene (Pacini): "Ira del ciel"

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