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Portraits (Cecilia Bartoli)

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  • Audio CD (12 Oct. 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000423X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BARTOLI CECILIA

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Although I had found Cecilia Bartoli's other all-Mozart discCecilia Bartoli Mozart Arias rather disappointing, I decided to buy this one particularly because the programme includes Mozart's famous `Exsultate Jubilate' for which, I believed, Bartoli is just the right singer. In reality, though, it did not match my expectation. The fact is that she and Decca have raised the standards so high in the past few years that these earlier recordings of hers struggle to stand out, not just because of the ever-improving recording quality (bar the retreat from high-definition surround SACDs to standard CDs), or lavish packaging, or informative book(let)s or exploratory choice of the repertoire, but the development of Bartoli's singing which, to my ears, makes her own earlier performances sound rather restrained. So if you are a Cecilia fan you might still find this indeed fine recital of the widely-recorded Mozart pieces (the only `rarity', Davidde Penitente, turned out to be an alternative take of the music Mozart has used in Laudamus te in her Great Mass) very enjoyable. Otherwise, I suspect this is just one fine option among many recordings of these works.
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In this recording Cecilia Bartoli provides a sumptuous feast of Mozart's beautiful vocal music.These contrasting arias display passionate drama and exultant rejoicing in the various portraits. There is a gorgeous fullness of tone in the lower register and a lovely delicacy as Bartoli soars to the heights. My only disappointment is that the recitative 'Guinse alfin il momento' is followed by the alternative aria 'Al desio' instead of the familiar 'Deh vieni'...but that simply provides the excuse to buy another CD by the fabulous Cecilia Bartoli!
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A good choice of arias and especially the Exsultate Jubilate with a stunning Alleluja - the voice really lends itself to Mozart and I especially liked the tempo of the Exsultate Jubilate with the recitative taken slowly and very profoundly sung. Worth the buy
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A great cd
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91f5ea50) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
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HASH(0x9273c504) out of 5 stars Mozart would have been proud 5 Feb. 2001
By P. Rah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It was Maria Callas who complained that Mozrt is too carefully sung by singers - as if they're on their tiptoes. Well, on this disc is a singer who doesn't sing as if she's on her tiptoes; she breaks all the steroetypes associated with Mozart's music (you know, the period style-followers and those who argue that Mozart should be sung lightly)and gives us a completely emotional portrayal of the composer's heroines. Of the many pieces represented, I found the two beautiful Giovanni arias most satisfying, although all are wonderfully sung. Batti, batti is sung with a delicateness that makes you feel like you're eating the sweetest chocolate and enjoying every moment of it. In quali...Mi tradi is sung with a grittiness that really portrays the true emotions of Donna Elvira, who is a broken woman - the feisty singing og the recitativo almost sounds like the vengeful Medea (but thankfully, it isn't quite that extreme). Every note Bartoli sings portrays some kind of emotion - she is a singer who really has a joie de vivre in her singing. Every note is a joy to hear because she is transmitting her own joy for singing. I have rarely heard such a natural commuinicator in singing, which I regard as the highest form of art. In Exsultate, jubilate Bartoli sings like the words - exalted and jubilant. The Alleluia is a sheer joy to hear. Everything on this disc is simply great. I have always said that music is about communication of emotions and this is precisely it. I am not just writing all sorts of superlatives because I'm a huge fan (I am a huge fan though), but because she fulfils the meaning of music through her singing and serves the composer as faithfully as she can. She is a singer that makes you feel great about living. There can't be many performers who can do that. Brava.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91f5599c) out of 5 stars Stars fell on Italy... 14 Aug. 2002
By Sunnye Tiedemann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...the day Cecilia Bartolli was born. Talk about blessed -- all this and such a versatile voice, too. Mozart would have been delighted.
However, I don't think she's perfect. Yet. This recording is, however. The orchestra has just the right timbre to complement the richness of her voice. And it is a rich voice. In fact, my main complaint is that I think she has outgrown Mozart's Susanna. Her voice is perfect for the Countess, and the rendition here of E Susanna non vien! is utterly charming and believable, with just the right touch of pathos.
The other aria that bothered me was the Batti, batti, o bel Masetto. She just sings it beautifully, of course, but it deserves more con fuoco at the beginning (she is, after all, begging to be beaten!) and more espansivo at the end, possibly with a touch of arrogance. Callas sang it that way once.
I prefer Kathleen Battle's Alleluia because she's more precise. Bartolli sings it "scorrevole." It's easy for her, as easy as a mother will sing a lullabye to a child. To me, this prayer needs vocal fireworks -- like an explosion of faith and gratitude. Bertolli can do it, she just chooses not to. That's why I can't fault her for it. After all, she made the album, it's her choice.
In all I really love this album and I love her voice. How wonderful it must be to have the ability to open your mouth and have such musical richness issue forth. The pleasure alone has to be worth all the work and effort it takes to make it that way.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91f57054) out of 5 stars Mozart would have been proud 5 Feb. 2001
By P. Rah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It was Maria Callas who complained that Mozrt is too carefully sung by singers - as if they're on their tiptoes. Well, on this disc is a singer who doesn't sing as if she's on her tiptoes; she breaks all the steroetypes associated with Mozart's music (you know, the period style-followers and those who argue that Mozart should be sung lightly)and gives us a completely emotional portrayal of the composer's heroines. Of the many pieces represented, I found the two beautiful Giovanni arias most satisfying, although all are wonderfully sung. Batti, batti is sung with a delicateness that makes you feel like you're eating the sweetest chocolate and enjoying every moment of it. In quali...Mi tradi is sung with a grittiness that really portrays the true emotions of Donna Elvira, who is a broken woman - the feisty singing of the recitativo almost sounds like the vengeful Medea (but thankfully, it isn't quite that extreme). Every note Bartoli sings portrays some kind of emotion - she is a singer who really has a joie de vivre in her singing. Every note is a joy to hear because she is transmitting her own joy for singing. I have rarely heard such a natural commuinicator in singing, which I regard as the highest form of art. In Exsultate, jubilate Bartoli sings like the words - exalted and jubilant. The Alleluia is a sheer joy to hear. Everything on this disc is simply great. I have always said that music is about communication of emotions and this is precisely it. I am not just writing all sorts of superlatives because I'm a huge fan (I am a huge fan though), but because she fulfils the meaning of music through her singing and serves the composer as faithfully as she can. She is a singer that makes you feel great about living. There can't be many performers who can do that. Brava.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x922f8918) out of 5 stars bravo bartoli! 21 Oct. 2001
By cam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
this got me hooked on Cecilia Bartoli. I heard the Mozart Exultate Jubilate over the radio, every hair on my body upright & quivering with delight. She sings it like you dream to hear someone sing it. Heavenly! And then you disover the rest of the cd is like unpacking a treasure chest - one gem following the other. Don't just sit there, buy it :) For once in your life, you will NOT be sorry :)
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91b850a8) out of 5 stars Bartoli is Best 1 Jan. 2000
By Dan Beck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If Bartoli's sheer range (come on, she can hit the notes. She isn't really a mezzo-soprano) doesn't impress you on this CD, her incredible finesse in dynamic contrast will assuredly seduce you. She touches on the high notes like a pearl drop, her tone left to resonate beautifully for our pleasure. She handles the roles of Mozart's timeless characters in Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi with excellent vocal subtleties and ornamentations. The last track, Exsultate Jubilate, Bartoli handles with ease, while other singers sound as if they were a mouse being chased by a cat. It is the best recording of Mozart's Alleluia I have ever heard, and exclamation point to these wonderful Portraits of Mozart.
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