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Cecilia Bartoli ~ Sospiri [Prestige Edition] [Deluxe Edition]

Cecilia Bartoli, César Franck Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Decca
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Handel: Serse / Act 1 - Ombra mai fùCecilia Bartoli 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Giacomelli: Merope - Sposa, non mi conosciCecilia Bartoli10:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Handel: Il Trionfo del Tiempo e del Disinganno - "Lascia la spina cogli la rosa"Les Musiciens du Louvre 5:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Vivaldi: Il Farnace / Act 2 Scene 5 - Gelido in ogni venaCecilia Bartoli 5:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Caldara: La Morte d'Abel - Quel buon pastor son ioCecilia Bartoli10:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Vinci: Il Medo / Act 1 - Cervo in boscoCecilia Bartoli 5:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 2 - "Voi che sapete"Cecilia Bartoli 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Là ci darem la mano"Cecilia Bartoli 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Bellini: La Sonnambula / Act 2 - Ah! non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fioreCecilia Bartoli 5:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mendelssohn: Ah, ritornaCecilia Bartoli 5:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Persiani: Ines di Castro - "Cari giorni" (Romanza der Ines)Cecilia Bartoli 4:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - Una voce poco faCecilia Bartoli 5:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Bellini: Norma / Act 1 - Casta DivaCecilia Bartoli 6:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mascagni: L'amico Fritz / Act 2 - Tutto taceCecilia Bartoli 4:12£0.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232 / Gloria - Qui sedes ad dexteram PatrisCecilia Bartoli 5:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mozart: Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K.339 - 5. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes (Ps. 116/117)Cecilia Bartoli 5:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Rossini: Stabat Mater - 7. Fac ut portem Christi mortemCecilia Bartoli 4:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Gounod: Ave Maria: arr. from Bach's Prelude No.1 BWV 846 - Ave Maria: arr. from Bach's Prelude No.1 BWV 846Cecilia Bartoli 2:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Duruflé: Requiem - Pie JesuCecilia Bartoli 4:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Franck: Panis Angelicus - Panis AngelicusCecilia Bartoli 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 4. Pie JesuCecilia Bartoli 3:54£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Cecilia Bartoli is loved the world over for vocal fireworks and spectacular coloratura, but she is also adored for her spine-tingling pianissimi and her ability to shape endless, velvety phrases. For the first time, here is an album which will focus on the irresistibly sensual side of Cecilia Bartoli's art, presenting quieter arias and showcasing Cecilia's vocal beauty, sensuality and emotion.

Sospiri contains favourite arias by Mozart and Handel, bel canto jewels by Bellini and Rossini and treasures by Vivaldi as well as music which Cecilia Bartoli has “rediscovered” on her recent record-breaking solo albums.

For Cecilia’s existing fans, the Prestige Edition includes a previously unreleased aria and world premiere recording of Vinci’s "Cervo in bosco", one of Farinelli’s calling card arias.

The album also includes a new interpretation of Rosina's aria "Una voce poco fa", from Il Barbiere di Siviglia - the dazzling aria of young love, the role in which Cecilia Bartoli first shot to international stardom. She infuses this new interpretation with all her knowledge of the baroque and classical tradition on which Rossini’s music was founded, her experience of period practice and critical reading of the manuscripts, together with a playfulness and variety of colors which she has acquired over the years. On this track recorded during the Maria sessions, Cecilia Bartoli is accompanied by a fantastic period practice orchestra, the Orchestra La Scintilla.

This Prestige Edition also includes several duets, two popular ones: Mozart’s "Là ci darem la mano" with Bryn Terfel and Mascagni’s "Tutto tace" (Cherry duet) with Luciano Pavarotti and features a very original one with Maxim Vengerov: Mendelssohn’s "Ah, ritorna", an excerpt from the rarely performed concert aria "Infelice"!

The double CD Prestige Edition comes in luxurious gift packaging and includes an extra CD's worth of tracks showcasing earlier recordings of Cecilia Bartoli with best-loved sacred classics by Bach, Mozart, Fauré and more.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional voice 26 Jan 2012
By Andrew
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In an era where moderate singers become household names through the power of the radio, espcially the light weight classical channels, It is nice to spend time listening to a voice of real quality. Cecila Bartoli is arguably one of the finest opera singers around. Her diction, sense of drama, willingness and ability to draw the listener in with her tonal range, her exquisite sense of melodic line all show her to be at the very top of the tree. This album is a selecttion of varied show pieces from across a number of musical periods. Cecilia Bartoli shows that she can meet the period, style and artistic task head on and create some magical moments. Whilst not an album exploring a particular composer or era in depth it is a must for anyone who just wants to hear singing of exceptional quality.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Oyarsa
Format:Audio CD
I knew who Cecilia Bartoli was but never reached to hear any of her recordings before this one, which I bought as an impulse only yesterday.

It's the third time I listen to it and I'm not tired of it.

Beautiful voice, fantastic control and high emotion are in these renditions. I've also found a truly wonderful "Casta Diva" that surely will be played often in parallel with the unsurpassed (for me) performance of Caballé in 1974.

Bartoli has gained, if not a new devoted fan (must listen to other recordings before that), surely a new happy and deeply moved follower.

Long-term followers might not find enough new material here that justifies the spend but I would recommend the purchase to people who, like me, doesn't have any recording from this mezzo and wants to know more of her artistry. I think it's a splendid start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine! 23 Oct 2012
By Lex
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Cecilia Bartoli at her best.
I listened to this recording on KLM flight (it was part of their entertainment program) and then bought it. No regrets - this is one of the finest classical recordings you can get for the money in this world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unrivalled quality of singing and presentation 18 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
The `prestige edition' of Sospiri is the one to own, with two discs being presented in a CD size hard back package comprising 54 glossy pages of track list, track notes (English, French, German), libretto of the sung text, and some lovely romantic photos of Cecilia Bartoli. The quality of presentation and detail is outstanding.

As for the choice of songs, the list pushes the boundaries with a world premiere recording and a first time on CD recording (arias by Vinci and Rossini respectively). There are many lesser known works interspersed with the familiar such as Handel's `Ombra mai fu' and `Lascia la spina', both of which are sung with a sublime mix of passion and restraint, and certainly not in the usual style associated with these baroque favourites.

Cecilia Bartoli continues to combine the unfamiliar with the popular, and performs with her usual dedicated passion and virtuoso skill which I think is becoming almost unrivalled in this generation of opera singing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sospiri - Cecilia Bartoli 27 Sep 2013
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This is a truly beautiful CD, her voice, as ever, is faultless. This will be a hard one to beat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All time favourite CD! 10 May 2013
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This is my all time favourite CD. If you need to get your shoulders down and breathe, this is it. So beautiful and so relaxing. I give this CD as a present to my good friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 7 Mar 2014
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This lady is superb, and this particular selection REAL quality.
I could listen to it for hours.
How does she sing like that?!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars melted chocolate 3 April 2013
By davey
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this is like drowning in chocolate, a beautiful rich voice. I love laudate dominum, and this version is divine, as is casta diva
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