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  • Performer: Cecilia Bartoli
  • Orchestra: Giardino Armonico Ensemble, Giovanni Antonini
  • Composer: Schoenberg Choir
  • Audio CD (19 Oct. 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00002CF52
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Vivaldi: Dorilla in Tempe, RV 709 / Act 1 Scene 1 - "Dell'aura al sussurrar"Arnold Schoenberg Chor and Cecilia Bartoli and Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Vivaldi: Griselda / Act 3 Scene 6 - Dopo un' orrida procellaCecilia Bartoli and Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico 4:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Vivaldi: Di due rai languir costanteCecilia Bartoli and Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico 5:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Vivaldi: L'Orlando Finto Pazzo / Act 3 - Qual favellar?...Anderò, volerò, grideròCecilia Bartoli and Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte - Zeffiretti che sussurateCecilia Bartoli and Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico 7:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Vivaldi: La Fida Ninfa / Act 1 Scene 9 - Alma oppressaCecilia Bartoli and Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico 5:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Vivaldi: La Fida Ninfa / Act 3 Scene 10 - Dite oimèCecilia Bartoli and Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Vivaldi: Il Giustino / Act 2 Scene 13 - Sventurata navicellaCecilia Bartoli and Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Vivaldi: Il Giustino / Act 2 Scene 13 - Sorte, che m'invitasti..Ho nel petto un cor sì forteCecilia Bartoli and Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico 8:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Vivaldi: L'Olimpiade / Act 2 Scene 5 - Tra le follie...Siam navi all'onde algentiCecilia Bartoli and Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico 6:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Vivaldi: Il Farnace / Act 2 Scene 5 - Gelido in ogni venaCecilia Bartoli and Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico11:09Album Only
Listen12. Vivaldi: Il Bajazet (Il Tamerlano) / Act 2 - Anch'il mar par che sommergaCecilia Bartoli and Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Vivaldi: Il Teuzzone / Act 2 Scene 1 - Di trombe guerriereCecilia Bartoli and Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 

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DEC 466569 2; DECCA - Inghilterra;

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Mezzo Cecilia Bartoli could easily rest on her laurels as one of today's most charismatic, character singers for her lively portrayals of Mozart and Rossini heroines. But it's been particularly exciting to observe her growth as an artist in exploring the exuberant world of baroque opera, with its range of pyrotechnic demands--both vocal and emotional. Bartoli's show-stopping virtuosity in a Vivaldi aria from her Live in Italy recital gave a tantalising sample of her finesse in that style. For The Vivaldi Album, Bartoli conducted extensive research into the composer's manuscripts (a documentary tracing her quest is planned for subsequent screening). Although he's best known for his concertos--in typically baroque fashion, two of the arias in fact recycle material from The Four Seasons--Vivaldi was a ferociously prolific composer of operas for the cutting-edge theatres of his time and the arias gathered here demonstrate the word-painting magic of his music, from the sylvan setting of duetting flageolets in "Di due rai languire costante" to the storm-tossed passions of "Anch'il mar par che sommerga", where Bartoli spins out ripples of rapid-fire coloratura with a gravity-defying accuracy that will leave your head spinning. In addition to many such examples of vocal acrobatics, Bartoli brings exquisite nuance and limpid tone to the delicate echo effects of "Zeffiretti, che sussurrate" and there's no better test for the remarkable flexibility of her range--full and dusky at the bottom and thrilling at the top--than the huge intervallic leaps of "Dopo un'orrida procella". With her naturally large voice, Bartoli can at times tend to histrionic excess (in the recitative to the short aria from "L'Orlando finto pazzo"), but the expressive colour of her phrasing is wonderfully matched throughout by Il Giardino Armonico's lively panache. All power to Bartoli in her goal of reviving this neglected aspect of Vivaldi's output. --Thomas May

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By perry.rj@virgin.net on 26 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
It is impossible to resist Bartoli in this recital. She is a singer difficult to resist at any time, but this vividly delivered selection of Vivaldi arias is as precious for her contribution as the works are rare. Nothing daunts her: not the rapid spitfire coloratura work or the elegaic poetry of some of the arias. True, some of the runs are aspirated a little too much (perhaps discernable on record only) but they do not spoil the beauty of tone Bartoli pours into each track. Essential listening, for Bartoli, for Vivaldi, or for lovers of antique music.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
What a discovery! Dspite being a fan of Baroque music and period instrument performance for many years I was knocked out by this performance. I have recenly heard Cecilia Bartoli sign Haydn at a London Prom and have been following her career since the beginning so I didn't need much encouragement to listen to this CD. All is ask is that people listen to the Vivaldi Album and discover the true beauty of Vivaldi's vocal work. The choir and orchestra are also superb. This CD is also nicely packaged. I urge Decca to record Bartoli singing more Vivaldi and similar Baroque music. A must have for any lover of the human voice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD
There was always something of anomaly about this recording insofar as its selection of arias indicates that it is really for the vocal Baroque specialist and/or the canary-fancier, yet Bartoli's status as both a classical music awards winner and almost a crossover singer (in terms of wider appeal than the "average" opera singer) meant that it attracted buyers, many of whom expressed disappointment in the "sameness" of the Vivaldi arias.

I had not listened to this for a long time since its release fifteen years ago but found that my responses and reactions had not modified. The playing of Il Giardino Armonico is lively and spirited, the valveless horns being especially impressive. Bartoli is the same as ever, always employing a touch of aspiration in her runs and breathiness in her attack which some find irritating. Her mezzo-to-soprano range allows her to encompass with ease the wide leaps in the tessitura of the arias. Even when accompanied by a small period orchestra, however, it is noticeable that they are relatively recessed compared to the prominence given the singer; those of us who have heard her live will attest to the fact that the voice is surprisingly and perhaps disappointingly small; even a relatively small and acoustically excellent hall presents a challenge to her ability to be heard with any impact.

Bartoli certainly does everything within her power to bring the arias alive and I don't think the charge of a lack of variety stands up to the scrutiny of anyone reasonably familiar with the Baroque idiom, although I can understand how the general "easy-listener" might be underwhelmed. The similarity of some items to musical ideas and modes familiar to many via the "Four Seasons might be considered a distinct advantage for some unconvinced by Vivaldi’s style; certainly I found much which is charming and delightful if not exactly memorable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
These arias from Vivaldi operas, which may not be the greatest of dramatic works when heard in their complete form, contain many splendid arias which are recorded here. This album is one, if not the best album of Bartoli. It is essential for any Baroque music collection. The playing of Giardino Armonico is spectacular. A real must for any Baroque music or Vivaldi lover.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jun. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Cecilia Bartoli brings to life Vivaldi! In "The Vivaldi Album," this dynamic, charismatic, and brilliant mezzo transforms Vivaldi like no other! What a performance! While many may feel that "The Four Seasons" is about the only thing recognizable of Vivaldi, Ms Bartoli takes the music and ascends to the highest levels. With the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, she clearly posts her claim (and lives up to her reputation)as being the best mezzo around today. She notes on the CD liner page that her music is "...a fascinating journey of discovery, exploring...Vivaldi's operas...which have been ignored for far too long." She has succeeded with her efforts--and these efforts seem so effortless.
She has triumped in New York with "Cinderella," among others and certainly has claimed a place in the modern world not only of opera and classical music but of "music for the masses," just as well. What a triumph! Bravissima!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Howden on 6 Feb. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Where has this music been all my life? I can't remember the last time I have played such unexpectedly exciting music. Such exhilaration and joy from this suprising package. I hesitate to say funky but all of sudden there are burst of pure joy and yes - funky music!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kitty on 7 Dec. 1999
Format: Audio CD
In Welsh the verb "canu" translates as "to sing" and "to play" (an instrument). Cecilia Bartoli does just that, she sings and "plays" these Vivaldi's arias with great virtuosity.
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This was my first Bartoli album. Absolutely breathtaking! She can do anything with her voice. These arias are very interesting examples of baroque drama.
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