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Salieri Album

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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  • Audio CD (29 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll over Salieri, you will LOVE this! 3 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Antonio Salieri has become a household name thanks largely to the success of Peter Shaffer's 1984 film 'Amadeus' which dramatised the life of Mozart.

But while the film popularised Salieri's name it also portrayed him as a mediocre composer envious of Mozart's talents, creating an image of Salieri's attempted belittlement of his work and ultimately suggesting he was responsible for Mozart's death. This is not entirely true, but what is a fact is that as a consequence of Mozart's huge popularity, Salieri did gradually become undervalued, misunderstood and his works rarely performed.

The history books however reveal Salieri to be a talented violinist, pianist and singer who wrote scores of successful operas which in fact made him a more successful composer in his lifetime than Mozart enjoyed in his own time. So it's albums like this 2003 Cecilia Bartoli release which help redress the balance and put Salieri's name back into the limelight.

Cecilia's brilliantly agile vocals will be familiar to her existing fans and probably a slight surprise to her new listeners, for she is surely one of the most talented opera singers of our generation. Her style of singing is not to everyone's liking maybe, but to hear her is to hear opera singing at its most stunningly dramatic.

As is the custom with many of her albums this too comes with a CD size hardcover book with 67 pages (13 are a biography of Salieri in English), showing full libretti and some beautiful pictures of carved statues.

The purpose of the album is best described (on the sleeve notes) by the singer herself:

'Discovering the operas of Antonio Salieri has been a great experience. I hope this recording will help Salieri to emerge from the shadow of Mozart and finally accord him the status he deserves'.

This is one for the collector, the Bartoli admirer, the opera fan or the inquisitive, none of whom should be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bartoli Intent on Characterization 7 Mar 2014
By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The first track on this CD is a startling aria from La Secchia Rapita (a fishing boat-on-a-storm-tossed-sea ) and features a wild vocal line, with fast coloratura, huge leaps, a vocal range from low G to high D-flat, and vast dynamic changes. Throughout the entire disc the feeling you get is that Bartoli is very intent on "interpreting" the character who is singing the aria and occasionally she unfortunately makes some very unattractive sounds coupled with her ubiquitous mannerisms of excessive pianissimos and breathlessness. There is also another aria from the same opera for a different character which features an obbligato oboe along with trumpets and drums which catches your attention immediately. Here again the tessitura is very high and requires astonishing agility, which Bartoli duly provides. There are other more introspective arias which are sung with a sweet graceful fluid legato and again sometimes overly mannered pianissimo.
This CD comes in a lavish booklet with beautiful photos of some of Canova's beautiful white Cararra marble sculptures from collections scattered all over the world in black and white and with a few pages of Salieri's manuscript pages in facsimile on the end covers. The disc is full of intensity, fluidity, glorious trills, mannered whispering and even occasional shouting. Sometimes Bartoli's ever present tendency towards a mannered characterization tends toward overstatement in an attempt to portray the character of the aria and to involve the listener. Recommended in order to become familiar with this music (most of these works have never been recorded before; they are "world premiere recordings"), but overall not a really beautiful musical experience. Perhaps it's a fault of the music, which tends to be conventional and traditional for the period (there is no great inventiveness)and not the fault of this execution which is very good at many levels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 13 May 2014
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This is a fabulous and well-varied selection from S's operas sung brilliantly by the Bartoli. It comes with a properly-sown hardback booklet with all the lyrics (in very small print) and a short introduction. A great treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! 7 Dec 2012
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A star performer and star performances of an often despised composer. A CD well worth purchasing; pleasure is almost certainly guaranteed!
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