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Not just fireworks
on 26 July 2001
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.