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Maria (CD+DVD+Book) Collector's Edition, Special Edition

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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)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Special Edition
  • Label: Decca
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,638 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. "Se un mio desir...Cedi al duo!"
2. "Ira del ciel"
3. "Cari giorni" (Romanza der Ines)
4. Infelice
5. "Yo que soy contrabandista"
6. Ah, non credea mirarti
7. Ah, non giunge uman pensiero
8. Air à la Tirolienne avec Variations
9. "E non lo vedo...Son regina"
10. Rataplan
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Making of Maria Stereo
2. Maria - Trailer Stereo
3. The Making of Maria Surround Sound
4. Maria - Trailer Surround Sound
5. Cecilia Bartoli: Discography
6. Cecilia Bartoli: Photo Gallery

Product Description

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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Nov 2007
Format: Audio CD
There are three versions of `Maria' by Cecilia Bartoli. The first is the standard 1 CD release, the second includes a 150 page CD sized booklet, and this third version which comes with 200 page limited edition hardcover book (24cm x 24cm) and a DVD bonus disc featuring a 'Cecilia and Maria' documentary, photo gallery and discography.

It's unclear how many of this collector's edition will be issued, so it's a case of buy now or regret later, for this really is THE version to own for all Cecilia Bartoli fans.

The album itself is the same as the other `Maria' ones, and 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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Withers on 31 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
Unless you want the book in large print, you'd be better off buying the deluxe CD, which gives you the book, and the two DVD set which gives you a different, better documentary and the wondrous Barcelona concert where she sings things not included on the CD - best of all singing Balfe in English, "The Moon shines over the Mountains". This DVD documentary is short (20 minutes) and full of maddening cut-offs - sure it's fun to see her, but the cut at the end, of Casta diva, is particularly drastic.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tutu and a T-Shirt on 10 Aug 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of Cecila Bartoli, This collection of Maria will just simply melt you. Cecila is certainly gifted and this cd collection is something not to pass up. I can not wait for the next cd and to see her perform live!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Get it while you can!! 27 Oct 2007
By C. Pacheco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The album itself is incredible, beautiful music, beautiful singing, the soul of bel canto. Now the special edition book...it's a treasure, you need to get it, for 20 something bucks is HUGE bargain, and the book is gigantic, full of pictures, stories about the music and composers and La Malibran herself. Cecilia shows us her personal collection of Malibran memorabilia and is of great musical interest.
If you are a music lover, a Cecilia Bartoli fan, a bel canto student or fan or you simply appreciate beautiful things, you NEED this special edition.
Also the DVD is very good showing the recording process and personal stories of how the project happened.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Something to Treasure 18 Nov 2007
By Christopher Bryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Despite the hype that has accompanied the appearance of this album, there is enough beauty in it to break your heart. Cecilia Bartoli's voice has never been more utterly gorgeous than in these attempts to re-create the work of early nineteenth century diva Maria Malibran. Bartoli's range, control, and power are stunning - and need to be. Which is my favorite track? Probably the one to which I am listening! But there are certainly particular revelations. The album would be worthwhile if only for Mendelssohn's "Infelice." "It is unbelievable," says Bartoli on the accompanying DVD, "that this piece was not performed for a hundred and eighty years." Unbelievable, indeed! The piece is beautiful. Some tracks are fun, notably Malibran's own "Rataplan" - which does not alter the fact that it is also both charming, and very difficult to sing well. Pacini's "Dopo tante e tante pene," composed for Rossini's "Tancredi," shows off Malibran's (and Bartoli's) wide vocal range, as does Halévy's "Come dolce a me favelli," which at one point soars from low B flat to high A" (on Bartoli's part, as it seems, effortlessly). Manuel Garcia's popular "Yo que soy contrabandista" serves to remind us (and especially on the DVD) that Bartoli thought seriously about being a Flamenco dancer before she chose to be a singer. It seems clear that Malibran (and Giuditta Pasta) were what we should now regard as mezzo-sopranos, in the light of which, Bartoli is willing to challenge the modern assumption that associates a number of Bellini's roles more or less exclusively with sopranos. So the CD culminates in a rendering of Bellini's "Casta diva" that is a formidable and moving statement of Bartoli's assertion that many of the piece's difficulties can be more easily solved by a mezzo-soprano - and especially, of course, when it is performed, as here, at something close to the concert pitch that will have been envisaged by the composer.
There are, I confess, elements in the DVD that I could have done without, notably the slightly hokey shots of Bartoli singing (or pretending to sing) while wandering about in an empty theatre. But the DVD does also give us some, as it appears, genuine glimpses of the creative process. Elements in Bartoli's own character - her sense of fun, her enthusiasm, her delight in and generosity towards her fellow musicians - bubble through these glimpses, as do also the creativity and commitment of others, among them Christopher Raeburn, Adam Fischer, and the Orchestra La Scintilla. Of course La Bartoli has an ego - nobody could achieve what she achieves without it - but it is remarkable, in watching her work, to observe the extent to which, as far as she is concerned, the enterprise is so obviously about the music and Maria Malibran, and NOT about Bartoli. Overall, I have no hesitation in awarding five stars for everything and everyone involved in this splendid album.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A vocal voyage to the past 7 Dec 2007
By klavaza - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had never heard about Maria Malibran as the Romantic era is not of my taste. However, knowing of Cecilia Bartoli's magnificent voice as well as her keen academic researches, I bought this set as soon as I could. It delivered far more for me than I expected. Not only the performances were astounding, eight world premieres included, but the DVD was informative and the book excellent- Now, I know about Malibran, who she was and something about a fantastic era in the history of music. No music lover should be left without one. You can buy the CD alone, but you will miss the DVD, which shows Bartoli's deep interest in Malibran, her times and voice capabilities, as well as her interest in the history of music and the role of women in it. As they used to say in the old stereo magazines: it is highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful project by a wonderful artist. 21 Nov 2007
By Abert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Cecilia Bartoli's 20th recording for Decca - a stunning album with a devastatingly beautiful book and a bonus DVD.
Even if you do not also consider Ms Bartoli to own a very beautiful voice, this is nonetheless a great singer. The tracks in this album demonstrate that Ms Bartoli's artistry has once again soared to new heights when recreating those arias used to be the repertoire of the legendary mezzo Maria Garcia. Listen to her exquisite coloraturas, hitherto noisy and forced at places, but now placed under complete dynamic control in this recording. An artist who is never tired in improving herself. Cecilia's singing is, as has always been, very affecting. The gift of musicianship to this singer is ample, and her interpretative capabilities seems uncontainably abundant.
A great album to own, and this deluxe set is definitely preferred to the ordinary package, if you can afford it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Rare & Stunning Release To Be Treasured 15 Nov 2007
By Nicole K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Cecilia Bartoli is one of the greatest voices in recorded history. This is another spectacular achievement in a legendary career. The music, as always, is gorgeous and heaven sent. And the amazing DVD which shows the making of the album and Bartoli's look into Maria Malibran's life and career is a joy to watch. It provides a fascinating look into the recording process and the life of diva that history has neglected. Also showcased is Bartoli's lively and sweet personality. I highly recommend getting the deluxe version with the 204 page book. It's filled with beautiful pictures of Bartoli, her collection of Maria Malibran artificats, the lyrics, and a lengthy biography of Maria Malibran. It's a gorgeous treasure that every fan of opera should have in their collection.
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