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Opera Proibita

Cecilia Bartoli Audio CD
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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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  • Performer: Cecilia Bartoli
  • Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Composer: Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Caldara, George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (22 Feb 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0009YSGDA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. (Alessandro Scarlatti) All'arme si accesi guerrieri (Pace)Cantata per la Notte del Santissimo Natale
2. (Alessandro Scarlatti)Mentre io godo in dolce oblio (Speranza) Il Giardino di Rose (La Santissima Vergine del Rosario)
3. (George Frideric Handel) Un pensiero nemico di pace (Bellezza) Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno
4. (Antonio Caldara) Vanne pentita a piangere (Santa Eugenia) Il Trionfo dell'Innocenza
5. (Antonio Caldara) Sparga il senso lascivo veleno (Flavia) La Castità al Cemento (Il Trionfo della Castità)
6. (Alessandro Scarlatti) Caldo sangue (Ismaele) Sedecia Re di Gerusalemme
7. (George Frideric Handel) Come nembo che fugge col vento (Piacere) Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno
8. (Alessandro Scarlatti) Ecco negl'orti tuoi...Che dolce simpatia (Caritá) Il Giardino di Rose (La Santissima Vergine del Rosario)
9. (Alessandro Scarlatti) Qui resta...L'alta Roma (Caritá) San Filippo Neri
10. (George Frideric Handel) Lascia la spina cogli la
11. (Alessandro Scarlatti) Ahi! qual cordoglio...Doppio affetto (Ismaele) Sedecia Re di Gerusalemme
12. (Antonio Caldara) Si piangete pupille dolente (Santa Francesca) Santa Fracesca Romana
13. (Antonio Caldara) Ahi quanto cieca...Come foco alla sua sfera (Imperatrice Faustina) Il Martirio di Santa Caterina
14. (George Frideric Handel)Disserratevi oh porte d'Averno (Angelo) La Resurrezione di Nostro Signor Gesu Cristo
15. (George Frideric Handel)Notte funesta...Ferma l'ali (Maddalena) La Resurrezione di Nostro Signor Gesu Cristo

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Voice of Opera 25 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
Opera Proibita (prohibited opera) continues Cecilia Bartoli's trend for producing `themed' albums, but this time instead of concentrating on a single composer - so far we've had Rossini, Mozart, Vivaldi, Gluck and Salieri - we have a collection of 15 baroque vocal pieces by Handel, Scarlatti and Caldara which all share the common, and perhaps unfortunate claim for those composers, of being written during the period around 1700 during which opera music was banned in much of Europe.

The album song list is an alternation between slow and fast arias and recitatives, and the style is pure Bartoli throughout, from the opening `All'arme si accesi guerrieri' (Attention fierce warriers) sung at such breakneck speed that the orchestra can barely - and to my ears the brass section don't - keep up, to the slow and beautiful aria `Vanne pentita a piangere' (go now, repent and weep).

This album perhaps more than any other by the singer shows off her virtuoso style of singing and astonishing vocal control, no better demonstrated than in Handel's `Un pensiero nemico di pace' (A thought inimical to peace) during which her voice achieves an almost unbelievable vibrato speed and pitch which defies belief. It really is a case of you won't believe your ears.

This flamboyance, combined with the restrained beauty of songs such as `Lascia la spina , cogli la rosa' (Leave the thorn, pluck the rose), makes this my top Cecilia Bartoli recommendation. For those accustomed to the lush tones of other mezzo-sopranos like Katherine Jenkins or the gentle singing of baroque girl Elin Manahan Thomas, this album will be like an adrenaline-fuelled rollercoaster ride around the exciting world of opera music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Opera Proibita 8 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is the recording that introduced me to Bartoli's voice. It has remained a firm favourite of mine, since I purchased it.

The repetoire chosen show cases Bartoli's technical brilliance and expansive range. The richness of her voice is also well catered for - particularly on the 2nd, 10th & 15th tracks. Another attraction for me, was the fact that, it contains some world premiere recordings - a must for a me, a big fan of Baroque music.

Also if you are new to Bartoli's work, & are looking for a place to start I would recommend this; without hesitation. It worked for me!
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cecilia Bartoli: simply devine 19 Feb 2006
By Amelrode VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Usually I do not write reviews on music, but I got "Opera Proibita" when I was quite sick and for the first time in several weeks I could manage a smile as I heart this devine voice.
The music is fantastic: Handel, Scarlatti and Caldara - an utterly gorgeous programme. My favorite are Scarlatti's Cantata per la Notte del SS.mo Natale and Che dolce simpatia. But I have to admit that I always had a weakness for
Scarlatti! The Musiciens du Louvre under Marc Minkowski are a perfect match for Cecilia Bartoli.

And Cecilia Bartoli - well just devine. Nothingelse will do!

The more often to this CD, the more I like it.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a treasure. 1 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
This recording is both stunning and mesmerizing. It is a must-have for anyone who loves the human voice, even if baroque music is not your favourite. Every time I listen to this, I come away amazed by the beauty of Bartoli's voice, and her astonishing ability to make it do exactly what she wants it to do. Don't pass this one up - you'll be enjoying it for the rest of your life.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fllawless beauty 26 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you listen to this CD a 1000 times it will still be as exciting as the first time. Every track a gem. Impossible to pick a favourite one. Her producer Christopher Raeburn agreed with me at one of her concerts she is simply a TRULY HISTORIC singer. The greatest mezzo of all time?. A ONE OFF.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva La Diva! 17 Feb 2008
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Cecilia Bartoli doesn't just sing, she uses her voice as an instrument and her technique is absolutely stunning. The selected works range from tender embraces to fizzing and sparkling fireworks that will leave you breathless. This recording is a perfect match of voice and orchestra and I can't recommend it too highly. Buy and enjoy!
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