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The Salieri Album - Opera Arias / Bartoli, Fischer, Et Al


Release Date: 09/30/2003 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000109702   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Salieri
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Singer/Musicologist. A pair of words one doesn't often see separated by a virgule. Maybe referring to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, but Cecilia Bartoli? Believe it. After all, didn't you see the Vivaldi album with Italian early music rockers Il Giardino Armonico? Or the Gluck album, Dreams and Fables? Well, with her latest release from Decca, Bartoli threatens to do for the much-maligned Antonio Salieri (who didn't really poison Mozart, by the way; that was just a publicity stunt he cooked up later) what she did for both of the aforementioned: put them on the operatic map. The arias are hardly familiar, although the librettists might be: da Ponte and Casti were as much parts of fin-de-XVIIIeme-siecle society as Salieri, Beethoven, Goethe, Read more Mozart, or Haydn. What is familiar, is Bartoli's voice: agile, toned and thrilling, with that bona fide half-soprano zwischenfach of a real exciting mezzo. It's not a voice you want to hear singing Carmen (although it's an entertaining notion); what you want to hear is Bartoli doing just what she's doing here: ripping up and down the register and pulling lines so long they sound like they're made of taffy. From right off the bat, in Son qual lacera tartana from La Secchia Rapita (attentive listeners of Bright and Early might know the overture) Bartoli's a wow, with a lovely brilliance. The chestnutty warmth is still there: try on Misere abbandonata. And the humor: La re la is a plummy character piece that Bartoli sells with the comic feel that makes her such a winning Despina. OK. So does Salieri really hold up next to Mozart? You tell me. Does Bartoli make as convincing a case as could ever be made? Absolutely.

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Works on This Recording

1.
La secchia rapita: Questo guajo mancava ... Son qual lacera by Antonio Salieri
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
La scuola de' gelosi: Che dunque! ... Ah sia già by Antonio Salieri
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
La fiera di Venezia: Vi sono sposa e amante by Antonio Salieri
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1772; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Palmira, regina di Persia: Misera abbandonata by Antonio Salieri
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Voi lusingate invano lo smarito cor mio..." 
5.
La cifra: E voi da buon marito ... Non vo già che vi suonino by Antonio Salieri
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
La cifra: Alfin son sola... Sola e mesta fra tormenti by Antonio Salieri
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Il ricco d'un giorno: Dopo pranzo addormentata by Antonio Salieri
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
La secchia rapita: No, non vacillerà ... Sulle mie tempie by Antonio Salieri
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Palmira, regina di Persia: Contro un 'alma sveturata by Antonio Salieri
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Lungi da me sen vada quella veste fatal...Dunque anche il cielo ... " 
10.
La finta scema: Se lo dovessi vendere by Antonio Salieri
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Il ricco d'un giorno: Eccomi più che mai ... Amor pietoso by Antonio Salieri
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
La grotta di Trofonio: La ra la, che filosofo buffon by Antonio Salieri
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
Armida: Vieni a me sull'ali d'oro by Antonio Salieri
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Adám Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "E non degg'io seguirla! ... Forse chi sà ..." 

Sound Samples

La Secchia rapita / Act 2: Son qual lacera tartana
La Scuola dei gelosi / Act 2: Or ei con Ernestina...Ah sia già
La Fiera di Venezia / Act 3: Vi sono sposa e amante
Palmira, Regina di Persia / Act 2: Voi lusingate invano lo smarito cor mio...Misera abbandonata
La Cifra / Act 2: E voi da buon marito...Non vò già' che vi suonino
La Cifra / Act 2: Alfin son sola...Sola e mesta
Il Ricco d'un giorno / Act 2: Dopo pranzo addormentata
La Secchia rapita / Act 2: No, non vacillerà...Sulle mie tempie
Palmira, Regina di Persia / Act 1: Lungi da me sen vada quella veste fatal...Dunque anche il cielo...Contro un'alma sventurata
La Finta scema / Act 2: Se lo dovessi vendere
Il Ricco d'un giorno / Act 2: Eccomi più che mai...Amor pietoso Amore
La Grotta di Trofonio / Act 2: La ra la
Armida / Act 2: E non degg'io seguirla!...Forse chi sà...Vieni a me sull'ali d'oro

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Blown Away July 27, 2014 By M. Johnson (Simi Valley, CA) See All My Reviews "Yes, I think we can begin to argue were Salieri's operas better than Mozart's? Maybe. Maybe not, but this recording is certainly a challenge to who was the Viennese master? This is good really good. I've for so long wanted to hear more of Salieri and now we have someone delivering an amazing recording. Ladies and Gentlemen, Madame Bartoli has left the building!" Report Abuse
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