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If You Love Me - 18th Century Italian Songs / Cecilia Bartoli


Release Date: 10/13/1992 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 436267   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giulio CacciniAlessandro ParisottiPietro Antonio CestiAlessandro Scarlatti,   ... 
Performer:  Cecilia BartoliGyörgy Fischer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The aria anticha has at last shaken off any remaining Cinderella rags, and been swept off to the party. Cecilia Bartoli, not surprisingly, has provided the vocal finery which reveals the true nature of these songs: they are not made to be confined to warming up exercises or to the singing studio, but to release their own little emotional vignettes in a voice simply delighting in what it is dared to do.

The voice almost laughs its way up the scale in Gia il sole dal Gange, and revels in Spesso vibra per suo gioco, as Scarlatti's wordplay tickles the larynx. Bartoli makes one believe that hers is exactly the quality of voice for which the melody of Caro mio ben was first heard and written: tasting the colour of each passing
Read more register, essentially youthful, yet with a dark underside of period melancholy.

For the two Caldara songs, Bartoli focuses on the voice as wind instrument, living in the air moving through their languid legato. This changes to a more austere, matt surface for the Caccini. This way of drawing out the essential character of each song by putting her own imprint on it is quintessential Bartoli. For Scarlatti's Se Florindo è fedele she moves from coyness to hauteur in her ever richer low register, as if she were in the midst of a neo-classical pastoral. Her dialogue with the piano is particularly telling here: György Fischer's playing is a delight, making even the most trying passages of manner and mannerism ever-vigilant, never matter-of-fact.

The rhythmic muscle of these arie is toned up considerably by Bartoli. In Lotti's Pur dicesti she tugs against the jaunty accompaniment and teases the melody with rubato and ornamentation which never loses sight of its contour. The old war-horse of Se tu m'ami is turned into a lively pony, with its frisky tempo changes matched by the reveilles of Bartoli's final "Vittoria!"

-- Gramophone [12/1992] Read less

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), György Fischer (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1614; Italy 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2. Se tu m'ami by Alessandro Parisotti
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), György Fischer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This work was formerly attributed to Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.
This composition was originally attributed to Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. 
3. Orontea: Intorno all'idol mio by Pietro Antonio Cesti
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), György Fischer (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4. Le nuove musiche: Amarilli mia bella by Giulio Caccini
Performer:  György Fischer (Piano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1602; Italy 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5. L'honestà negli amori: Già il sole dal Gange by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), György Fischer (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6. La donna ancora è fedele: Se Florindo è fedele by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), György Fischer (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1698; Naples, Italy 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7. Spesso vibra per suo gioco by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), György Fischer (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8. Il Pompeo: O cessate di piagarmi by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), György Fischer (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1683; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9. Son tutta duolo by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), György Fischer (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10. Selve amiche by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), György Fischer (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11. La costanza in amor vince l'inganno: Sebben, crudele by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), György Fischer (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; Italy 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12. La molinara: Nel cor più non mi sento by Giovanni Paisiello
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), György Fischer (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789/1790; Italy 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13. I zingari in fiera: Chi vuol la zingarella by Giovanni Paisiello
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), György Fischer (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Italy 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14. Nina, o sia La pazza per amore: Il mio ben quando verrá by Giovanni Paisiello
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), György Fischer (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Italy 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15. O leggiadri occhi belli by Anonymous
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), György Fischer (Piano)
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16. Vittoria, vittoria, mio core by Giacomo Carissimi
Performer:  György Fischer (Piano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17. Quella fiamma che m'accende by Benedetto Marcello
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), György Fischer (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
18. Delizie contente by Pier Francesco Cavalli
Performer:  György Fischer (Piano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
19. Arminio: Pur dicesti, o bocca bella by Antonio Lotti
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), György Fischer (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Italy 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
20. Caro mio ben by Tommaso Giordani
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), György Fischer (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This song was more likely composed by Giuseppe Giordani. 
21. Bajazet, RV 703 "Tamerlano": Sposa con disprezzata by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  György Fischer (Piano), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Verona, Italy 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert House, Vienna 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Gia il sole dal gange
Son tutta duolo
Se Florindo è fedele (from "La donna ancora è fedele")
O cessate di piagarmi (from Il Pompeo)
Spesso vibra per suo gioco
Caro mio ben
Pur dicesti, o bocca bella
Orontea: Intorno all'idol mio
Nel cor più non mi sento
Nina, o sia la Pazza per Amore: Il mio ben quando verrà
O leggiadri occhi belli
Quella fiamma che m'accende
Selve amiche
Sebben crudele mi fai languir'
Tu ch'hai le penne, amore
Se tu m'ami (formerly attributed to Pergolesi)
Chi vuol la zingarella (from Zingari in Fiera)
Amarilli mia bella
Delizie contente
Sposa son disprezzata
Vittoria, mio core!

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