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Cecilia Bartoli: Gluck Italian Arias

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  • Performer: Cecilia Bartoli
  • Orchestra: Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
  • Conductor: Bernhard Forck
  • Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
  • Audio CD (10 Aug. 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00005ND3K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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After the pan-global success of her disc of Vivaldi arias, mezzo Cecilia Bartoli is clearly a woman on a mission to rescue the neglected operatic output of otherwise well-known composers. Of the eight arias by Gluck on this disc, six have never been recorded before--and it's likely that the operas they have been taken from will be unknown to all but the most obsessive buffs. Unfortunately, even Bartoli can't quite make a case for all the material here: it sometimes lapses into the excessive passage-work and routine arpeggios which are especially obvious in the first track. But there's also plenty of Gluck at his most inspired, writing with acute sympathy for a woman going mad at the thought of her lover's impending execution (track 3) and screwing dramatic tension to almost Verdian levels with the words "estremi sospiri" (final breaths) in an aria from La clemenza di Tito (track 7). Bartoli is as amazing as ever, blending her trademark intensity and almost unbearably gorgeous lyricism into an explosive mix of vocal fabulousness. She is accompanied with period vigour by the Akademie für Alte Musik. --Warwick Thompson

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This is a wonderful CD but, for various reasons, it is terribly difficult to write about. Yes, it is beautifully produced, with the booklet richly illustrated and filled with fantastic liner notes (really WORTH reading along with the arias!) by Bartoli's boyfriend and collaborator Claudio Osele. And yes, the music is gorgeously sung and equally gorgeously played (an improvement since the Vivaldi disc where the orchestral accompaniment was too rough). But how to describe the music itself, especially when so much of it has never been performed and it is impossible to refer the potential buyer to existing recordings, however obscure. Of course, the Vivaldi disc posed the same problem, but there the composer's name -familiar to so many - combined with Bartoli's reputation guaranteed its success. Gluck never enjoyed this kind of popularity and even among real opera aficionados it is hard to find those who are familiar with his works except the ubiquitous "Orfeo". And yet, Gluck's place in the history of opera is much more important than Vivaldi's - he was the great reformer, the man who transformed Baroque opera into Classical. But perhaps this very quality of being a transitional figure, neither wholly Baroque nor wholly Classical (plus his cosmopolitanism - he was a Bohemian who wrote operas in Italian, French and German for most of the major European cities) has made him difficult to fit into any category. People tend to think of Classical opera as sounding like Mozart - Gluck's reform operas don't and so people mistake his deliberate simplicity for incompetence. As for his early work before his reforms of the 1760s, this has been almost entirely forgotten - after all, the reasoning goes, if it needed reforming then there was clearly something badly wrong with it.Read more ›
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Cecilia Bartoli has made the most marvelous of metamorphoses: she has evolved from a mere amazing singer, into an accomplished musicologist who happens to have a voice of gold.
The transformation is welcome for those fans who enjoyed her previous effort at resurrecting some of Vivaldi's more obscure works; she has accepted the verdict that classical listeners are happy to discover music with her rather than be spoon-fed the usual favourites, and it's that realisation that makes this second serving magical.
Those who enjoy the more coloratura aspects of Bartoli's voice will not be disappointed. As she matures, so does the voice, and her range would now be the envy of any soprano, never mind any other mezzo. The high Ds and E-flats are effortless and heavenly, and the control and accuracy over the whole of her range is exemplary as usual.
This album has something for both the more cerebral listener who enjoys a challenge, and for anyone who can appreciate a quality mezzo voice. The packaging alone is worth the price; it will be very surprising indeed if the included book does not prove to be award-winning, both for graphic design and useful educational content.
Overall, this recording is a must for all fans of early opera, and it only takes one or two listening sessions to get a feel for where Bartoli's next project, an album of esoteric arias originally intended for the castrato voice, will take us.
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Are these reviewers deaf? This is a wonderful CD with brilliant stylish singing. Yes it is expressive but in these days of all too often bleached baroque performance it is all the better for that
Ten stars would not be enough
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I have just purchased this album, and its brilliant. I looked at this album for ages before purchasing it, and I'm so glad I bought it after all. The disc may only have 8 tracks on it but, it's well worth the money.

As always with Bartoli, the singing is first rate. Well judged with a few vocal ornaments along the way which, for me, add rather than detract from the performances. A must for all Bartoli fans, I've only played the album once & its already a firm favourite of mine!!
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Bartoli brings her usual fresh sparkle to the arias of Gluck - anyone who has heard her Vivaldi album must buy the complementary Gluck album. Bartoli demonstrates her unrivalled talents for coloratura arias. It is also refreshing to find an operatic singer who is bringing unknown pieces of favourite composers to CD: too many simply regurgitate the old "favourite" (i.e. those which are considered "popular" by the masses).
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