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Cecilia Bartoli Sings Mozart / Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien

Mozart / Bartoli / Harnoncourt / Concentus Musicus
Release Date: 04/15/2003 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 869  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

‘Superb - a masterclass in the vocal arts, how to conduct Mozart and how to direct a film of the occasion...director Brian Large captures a great singer at the height of her powers guided by the inspirational Harnoncourt. Bartoli sings five arias in her inimitable way followed by Harnoncourt's illuminating performance of the 'Prague' Symphony. Add to this two neat features on how the concert was recorded and prepared, plus a superb booklet by Misha Donat, and you have a very classy package indeed.’ Classic fM Magazine

‘Concerts can make for tedious viewing…No tedium here, though: the director Brian Large expertly judges the camera movement to respond intelligently and sympathetically to the demands of both film and music.
Read more Bartoli is on marvellous form. Her fabulous gifts as a Mozartian are too widely admired to need underlining; but her command of these somewhat neglected Mozart arias – each one a full-scale operatic characterisation concentrated into a short space – has obviously been informed and enriched by her recent investigations into rare Vivaldi and Gluck opera seria. She ‘stages’ each aria with unrestrained mobility of posture, hands and facial features…and with heightened sensitivity to verbal inflection. Yet all threat of mannerism is removed by the beauty and total conviction of her singing, its astonishing technical freedom over a huge vocal range (an easy top D flies out in the finale of ‘Bella mia fiamma’, itself the highlight of the disc). Harnoncourt, a performer sometimes pedantically ready to underline the obvious, seems inspired by his singer… an excellent long booklet essay…superb playing from the Concentus Musicus Wien.’ BBC Music Magazine

‘…absolutely riveting, with Bartoli in her element…she is electrifying: very bold, precise in coloratura...wonderfully expressive...’ Early Music Review

‘Grammy award winner Cecilia Bartoli was surely born to sing Mozart…an unmissable live recording.’ HMV Choice

‘Bartoli, sensitively accompanied throughout by Harnoncourt and the Concentus Musicus Wien, tosses off the notes in a super-charged display of virtuosic singing.’ Opera Now
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Works on This Recording

1.
Voi avete un cor fedele, K 217 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Salzburg, Austria 
2.
Vado, ma dove?, K 583 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Bella mia fiamma...Resta, o cara, K 528 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
4.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni, non tardar by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Al desio di chi ch'adora, K 577 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Un moto di gioia, K 579 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 

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