An exclusive Decca artist for 30 years, Cecilia Bartoli has become the most successful artist of a generation. Since her professional debut in Il Barbiere di Siviglia aged only 19 in her hometown of Rome, Rossini has been at the forefront of her illustrious career ever since. Discovered by the legendary Decca recording producer Christopher Raeburn in 1986, Cecilia made her first recording for Decca two years later in Il Barbiere di Siviglia soon followed by her debut recital disc. Under his gentle tutelage and guidance, Cecilia steered a new-wave revival for Rossini s music with fresh scholarship and authenticity, taking on the metaphorical baton handed to her from the bel canto legends such as Marilyn Horne & Joan Sutherland, becomingRead more the undisputed star of this repertoire that we know and admire today, through her scholarly, intuitive and, above all, fun performances of some of the most challenging works ever written for mezzo. Since her earliest recordings and performances, Cecilia has brought to Rossini s incredible music not only an exemplary coloratura technique but also spirit and sassiness to so many of Rossini s leading roles. Cecilia tackles with acrobatic virtuosity the most challenging of Rossini s scores created expressly to highlight the almost super-human gifts of those singers who, for more than one reason, we might define as the supreme virtuosos , performing them with a combination of skill and passion, transcending the boundaries of the text. The range of works featured in this collection is irrefutable proof of Cecilia s Rossinian genius. The sheer quantity of his music she has recorded demonstrates her enduring interest in and commitment to the composer. Celebrating both Rossini150 & Cecilia Bartoli s 30 years on Decca The first boxed set from the most successful classical artist of the present day in collaboration with Fondazione Rossini 15-CD + 6-DVD limited edition set collecting the complete recorded repertoire from Rossini s oeuvre of the most lustrous Rossinian primissima donna Includes a previously unreleased recording of Salvatore Sciarrino s orchestration of Giovanna d Arco cantata with Riccardo Chailly, rediscovered in the Decca archives 200pp hardcover book Facsimiles of original manuscripts, authenticated images provided by the Fondazione Rossini archives plus photos from the Decca archives.
Cecilia Bartoli has discovered the true spirit of Rossini because, after her meticulous study of the score, when she sets foot on the stage, she is able to put aside the burden of learning and simply enjoy herself. She challenges Rossini, the most dynamic of composers, by matching the energy that emanates from his music with her own drive and intensity. Almost as if on a mission, she follows up her study phase by employing her musical brilliance and all the astonishing resources of her intuition.
--Sergio Ragni Read less