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CECILIA BARTOLI – BIOGRAPHY

For more than two decades, Cecilia Bartoli has undeniably been one of the leading artists in the field of classical music. All over the world, her new operatic roles, her concert programmes and recording projects – in exclusivity with Decca – are expected with great eagerness and curiosity. The exceptional amount of 8 million CDs sold, more ... Read more in Amazon's Cecilia Bartoli Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Nov. 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000RPSVD6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "Se un mio desir...Cedi al duo!" - Cecilia Bartoli, International Chamber Soloists, Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer
2. "Ira del ciel" - Cecilia Bartoli, International Chamber Soloists, Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer
3. "Cari giorni" (Romanza der Ines) - Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer
4. Infelice - Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer
5. "Yo que soy contrabandista" - Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer
6. Ah, non credea mirarti - Cecilia Bartoli, International Chamber Soloists, Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer
7. Ah, non giunge uman pensiero - Cecilia Bartoli, International Chamber Soloists, Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer
8. Air à la Tirolienne avec Variations - Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer
9. "E non lo vedo...Son regina" - Cecilia Bartoli, International Chamber Soloists, Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer
10. Rataplan - Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer
11. "Dopo tante e tante pene" (For Rossini's "Tancredi") - Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer
12. O rendetemi la speme - Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer
13. Vien, diletto, è in ciel la luna - Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer
14. "Come dolce a me favelli" - Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer
15. "Scorrete, o lagrime" - Cecilia Bartoli, International Chamber Soloists, Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer
16. "Prendi per me sei libero" (for Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'amore") - Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer
17. Casta Diva - Cecilia Bartoli, International Chamber Soloists, Orchestra La Scintilla, Adam Fischer

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GENIUS, SCANDAL AND DEATH! CECILIA BARTOLI EXPLORES THE WORLD OF MARIA MALIBRAN: FIRST GODDESS OF ROMANTICISM
8 World Premiere recordings
Duet with violin star Maxim Vengerov
Cecilia Bartoli returns to her bel canto roots
Cecilia Bartoli revisits the early Romantic era of Rossini, Bellini and their contemporaries, and views the Bel canto glory days through the eyes of Maria Malibran : Romantic icon, Bel canto muse, and the most extraordinary opera star of her time. Cecilia Bartoli has unearthed many forgotten opera jewels. The album features several world premiere recordings including the prayer `Se il mio desir... Cedi al duol' from the long lost opera Irene by Pacini and the aria `E non lo vedo... Son regina' by Maria's father, the famous Rossini tenor Manuel Garcia. Bartoli also presents the London version of Mendelssohn's `Infelice' for voice, violin solo and orchestra, where she duets with Maxim Vengerov. The programme also includes popular favourites , such as Bellini's `Casta Diva' from Norma.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Decca have excelled themselves this time with the presentation of this CD for it comes supplied with a hard-backed CD sized booklet of 150 pages (the first 37 in English, then translations to French and German, and the last 40 or so pages with libretti for all the tracks on the CD). The book is also lavishly illustrated, with photos of Cecilia Bartoli and various artifacts such as jewellery and busts relating to Maria Malibran, the theme of this album.

The album is intended as a tribute to the French singer Maria Malibran, one of the most famous mezzo sopranos of the 19th Century, who died at the tragically young age of 28 in 1836. Her life was full of drama and scandal (she married a man 28 years her senior), emotional upsets (she divorced after a year) and controversy (such as refusing to sing in front of the King until he gave his permission for the audience to applaud whenever they wanted during her performances). This all made for great public interest, and ensured her name went down in musical history as one of the first real 'opera divas'.

The selection of songs here is from the era of Malibran, ranging from operatic pieces from composers Bellini and Hummel, to her own Fathers compositions and even a few of her own, which all adds up to an extremely diverse collection of music. This of course is the intention for it makes great demands on the singer and, if successful, achieves the admiration it deserves.

Bartoli fans will love this album, I certainly do, for it continues her custom of producing themed albums (Salieri, Vivaldi, Italian arias) which bring a sense of cohesion to each of them.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By lionheart on 5 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
The concept of this album is good - to collect songs and arias connected to the legendary, short-lived diva Maria Malibran, and the more deluxe the edition of this you get, the more info provided.

Yet the implication that Decca and Bartoli are unique in their exploration of rare opera is most unfair. The independant record company OPERA RARA have been doing this for years, and not just recitals, but whole operas with fabulous singers like Nelly Miricioiu, Renee Fleming, Jennifer Larmore and co. They don't get all the hype and marketing that Bartoli gets. But their recordings (also presented in a "deluxe" way) have rather more artistic integrity and tell us more about Pacini, Bellini etc than Bartoli does.

So does MARIA live up to the hype?

Well, I really enjoyed this album, but there are few things to mention to prospective buyers. Firstly, Bartoli's coloratura, while stunningly accurate, can seem a bit agressive sometimes. The Casta Diva from Norma, is most unusually sung, almost whispered. This has aroused some controversy, but I rather like it - for a one off.

This is an album where Bartoli takes a few risks. Some come off, some don't. It's an incredible voice of course and I love her to bits. It's a good album. But if you enjoy it, do investigate OPERA RARA, where you will find a treasure trove of forgotten operatic jewels, from the age of Maria Malibran
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim N on 5 April 2011
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I cannot imagine that Maria Malibran had a modestly sized, breathy voice and this album demonstrates a current singer who has just that. 'Casta Diva' as sung in this manner would never be heard in a major theatre without a microphone. It may well be a damning example of the way current artists are expected to sing to attract a more common 'crossover' audience but for me it does not wash. Cecilia is, or maybe WAS a gifted singer but she seems to have gone off the rails with this one. 'Ah non credea mirarti' from La Sonnambula is just the same. Breathy. There is also some flagrant technical cheating- fabricated trill, aspirated coloratura etc. She is supported by lame singers in the I Puritani excerpt.

A far better buy is Cecilia's Maria DVD live at the Pilau in Barcelona where she projects properly and we get the bonus of her singing Rossini's Desdemona which we do not get on this disc.

Maria Callas said 'no aspirates, ever', here is a disc full of them.
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