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  • Audio CD (29 Nov. 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B003TMMQUS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "Lascia la spina cogli la rosa" [Handel: Il Trionfo del Tiempo e del Disinganno]
2. Gelido in ogni vena [Vivaldi: Il Farnace / Act 2 Scene 5]
3. Sposa, non mi conosci [Giacomelli: Merope]
4. Quel buon pastor son io [Caldara: La Morte d'Abel]
5. "Voi che sapete" [Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 2]
6. "Là ci darem la mano" [Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1]
7. Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
8. Ah! non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore [Bellini: La Sonnambula / Act 2]
9. "Cari giorni" (Romanza der Ines) [Persiani: Ines di Castro]
10. Una voce poco fa [Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1]
11. Casta Diva [Bellini: Norma / Act 1]
12. Panis Angelicus [Franck: Panis Angelicus]
13. Pie Jesu [Fauré: Requiem, Op.48]

Product Description

Cecilia Bartoli is loved the world over for vocal fireworks and spectacular coloratura, but she is also adored for her spine-tingling pianissimi and her ability to shape endless, velvety phrases. For the first time, here is an album which will focus on the irresistibly sensual side of Cecilia Bartoli's art, presenting quieter arias and showcasing Cecilia's vocal beauty, sensuality and emotion.

Sospiri contains favourite arias by Mozart and Handel, bel canto jewels by Bellini and Rossini and treasures by Vivaldi as well as music which Cecilia Bartoli has “rediscovered” on her recent record-breaking solo albums.

The album also includes a new interpretation of Rosina's aria "Una voce poco fa", from Il Barbiere di Siviglia - the dazzling aria of young love, the role in which Cecilia Bartoli first shot to international stardom. She infuses this new interpretation with all her knowledge of the baroque and classical tradition on which Rossini’s music was founded, her experience of period practice and critical reading of the manuscripts, together with a playfulness and variety of colors which she has acquired over the years. On this track recorded during the Maria sessions, Cecilia Bartoli is accompanied by a fantastic period practice orchestra, the Orchestra La Scintilla.

Also available as a double CD Prestige Edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on 26 Jan. 2012
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In an era where moderate singers become household names through the power of the radio, espcially the light weight classical channels, It is nice to spend time listening to a voice of real quality. Cecila Bartoli is arguably one of the finest opera singers around. Her diction, sense of drama, willingness and ability to draw the listener in with her tonal range, her exquisite sense of melodic line all show her to be at the very top of the tree. This album is a selecttion of varied show pieces from across a number of musical periods. Cecilia Bartoli shows that she can meet the period, style and artistic task head on and create some magical moments. Whilst not an album exploring a particular composer or era in depth it is a must for anyone who just wants to hear singing of exceptional quality.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Oyarsa on 1 Dec. 2010
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I knew who Cecilia Bartoli was but never reached to hear any of her recordings before this one, which I bought as an impulse only yesterday.

It's the third time I listen to it and I'm not tired of it.

Beautiful voice, fantastic control and high emotion are in these renditions. I've also found a truly wonderful "Casta Diva" that surely will be played often in parallel with the unsurpassed (for me) performance of Caballé in 1974.

Bartoli has gained, if not a new devoted fan (must listen to other recordings before that), surely a new happy and deeply moved follower.

Long-term followers might not find enough new material here that justifies the spend but I would recommend the purchase to people who, like me, doesn't have any recording from this mezzo and wants to know more of her artistry. I think it's a splendid start.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Aug. 2011
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The `prestige edition' of Sospiri is the one to own, with two discs being presented in a CD size hard back package comprising 54 glossy pages of track list, track notes (English, French, German), libretto of the sung text, and some lovely romantic photos of Cecilia Bartoli. The quality of presentation and detail is outstanding.

As for the choice of songs, the list pushes the boundaries with a world premiere recording and a first time on CD recording (arias by Vinci and Rossini respectively). There are many lesser known works interspersed with the familiar such as Handel's `Ombra mai fu' and `Lascia la spina', both of which are sung with a sublime mix of passion and restraint, and certainly not in the usual style associated with these baroque favourites.

Cecilia Bartoli continues to combine the unfamiliar with the popular, and performs with her usual dedicated passion and virtuoso skill which I think is becoming almost unrivalled in this generation of opera singing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lex on 23 Oct. 2012
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Cecilia Bartoli at her best.
I listened to this recording on KLM flight (it was part of their entertainment program) and then bought it. No regrets - this is one of the finest classical recordings you can get for the money in this world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E.J. Steenken on 10 May 2013
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This is my all time favourite CD. If you need to get your shoulders down and breathe, this is it. So beautiful and so relaxing. I give this CD as a present to my good friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MS S V DIMENT on 27 Sept. 2013
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This is a truly beautiful CD, her voice, as ever, is faultless. This will be a hard one to beat.
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By Sumo1 on 25 Feb. 2012
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Yet again another purchase delivered on time as per the dispatch notes, well packaged to prevent damage even when the posty rams them through the letter box this is on my to do list and expand my letter box an inch or two. As for the music, it speaks for it self Cecilia Bartoli is at the top of the tree of mezzo soprano's.
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This collection of soft and reflective arias (available elsewhere in her catalogue) show how beautifully Ms Bartoli can leave the fireworks behind and entrance us with her gentler, but no less brilliant, style of singing. Glorious!
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