- Performer: Cecilia Bartoli, Sébastien Marq, Yann Miriel
- Orchestra: Les Musiciens de Louvre
- Conductor: Marc Minkowski
- Composer: George Frideric Handel, Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Caldara
- Audio CD (22 Feb. 2010)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Decca (UMO)
- ASIN: B000A6T1HC
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Cecilia Bartoli ~ Opera Proibita (Handel · Scarlatti · Caldara) / Les Musiciens du Louvre · Minkowski
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The album song list is an alternation between slow and fast arias and recitatives, and the style is pure Bartoli throughout, from the opening `All'arme si accesi guerrieri' (Attention fierce warriers) sung at such breakneck speed that the orchestra can barely - and to my ears the brass section don't - keep up, to the slow and beautiful aria `Vanne pentita a piangere' (go now, repent and weep).
This album perhaps more than any other by the singer shows off her virtuoso style of singing and astonishing vocal control, no better demonstrated than in Handel's `Un pensiero nemico di pace' (A thought inimical to peace) during which her voice achieves an almost unbelievable vibrato speed and pitch which defies belief. It really is a case of you won't believe your ears.
This flamboyance, combined with the restrained beauty of songs such as `Lascia la spina , cogli la rosa' (Leave the thorn, pluck the rose), makes this my top Cecilia Bartoli recommendation. For those accustomed to the lush tones of other mezzo-sopranos like Katherine Jenkins or the gentle singing of baroque girl Elin Manahan Thomas, this album will be like an adrenaline-fuelled rollercoaster ride around the exciting world of opera music.Read more ›
The music is fantastic: Handel, Scarlatti and Caldara - an utterly gorgeous programme. My favorite are Scarlatti's Cantata per la Notte del SS.mo Natale and Che dolce simpatia. But I have to admit that I always had a weakness for
Scarlatti! The Musiciens du Louvre under Marc Minkowski are a perfect match for Cecilia Bartoli.
And Cecilia Bartoli - well just devine. Nothingelse will do!
The more often to this CD, the more I like it.
The repetoire chosen show cases Bartoli's technical brilliance and expansive range. The richness of her voice is also well catered for - particularly on the 2nd, 10th & 15th tracks. Another attraction for me, was the fact that, it contains some world premiere recordings - a must for a me, a big fan of Baroque music.
Also if you are new to Bartoli's work, & are looking for a place to start I would recommend this; without hesitation. It worked for me!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You either like it or you don't, it is Cecilia doing what she does best.Published 12 months ago by Filip Slachmuylders
Superb, truly superb. I blast this CD through my home and never tire of it. inspirational!Published 18 months ago by Stephen Harper
Marvellous arias sung wonderfully, with excellent musical accompaniment. I've listened to it a dozen times already!Published 23 months ago by N. Hudson
Fantastic performances captured by expert sound engineers.
One of the best recordings I have. You will love it too.
Cecilia Bartoli has the magic voice which captive your attention all for her beautiful voice. This disc in particular it is a good compilation of the forbidden music composed in... Read morePublished on 17 May 2012 by gibby