In the awe-inspiring Teatro Olimpico,Vicenza, Cecilia Bartoli, recognised as one of the best singers of our time, gives the most outstanding recital of work from a variety of composers such as Caccini, Schubert, Handel, Vivaldi, Bellini, Donizetti,Mozart, Rossini, Viardot and Bizet.
Such a huge variety of work is explored in this performance, that it would take too long to review each song individually. However the highlights of this video (which includes the entire performance unlike to accompanying CD of the same title) include Cecilia's breathing life into Caccini's 16th century love songs, the dazzling colloratura in Vivaldi's "Agitata da due venti" and Rossini's "Riedi al Soglio", and the timeless beauty of her performance of Handel's "Lascia la spina". However, this is only the beginning, she delights the audience by bringing a distinct spanish feel to the evening, singing in spanish, flamenco dancing and playing the castanets. And for the first time, beguiling the audience with an interpretation Bizet's famous Seguidilla from Carmen.
I would highly recommend this video even to those that have a full collection of her CD's as it includes pieces which have not been recorded onto CD. It would also bring a great deal of pleasure to anyone who would like to sample some of Cecilia Bartoli's amazing artistry.