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Cecilia Bartoli ~ Opera Proibita (Handel · Scarlatti · Caldara) / Les Musiciens du Louvre · Minkowski

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  • 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)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. "All'arme si accesi guerrieri" (Aria dell Pace)
  2. "Mentre io godo" (Aria della Speranza)
  3. "Un pensiero nemico di pace"
  4. "Vanne pentita a piangere"
  5. "Sparga il senso lascivo veleno"
  6. "Caldo Sangue"
  7. "Come nembo che fugge col vento"
  8. "Ecco negl'orti tuoi...Che dolce simpatica" - Cecilia Bartoli, Sébastien Mara, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski
  9. "Qui resta...L'alta Roma"
  10. "Lascia la spina cogli la rosa"
  11. "Ahi qual cordoglio...Doppio affetto" - Cecilia Bartoli, Yann Miriel, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski
  12. "Si piangete pupille dolente"
  13. "Ahi quanto cieca...Come foco allo splendore"
  14. "Disserratevi oh porte d'Averno"
  15. "Notte funesta...Ferma l'ali"

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By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Opera Proibita (prohibited opera) continues Cecilia Bartoli's trend for producing `themed' albums, but this time instead of concentrating on a single composer - so far we've had Rossini, Mozart, Vivaldi, Gluck and Salieri - we have a collection of 15 baroque vocal pieces by Handel, Scarlatti and Caldara which all share the common, and perhaps unfortunate claim for those composers, of being written during the period around 1700 during which opera music was banned in much of Europe.

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.
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Usually I do not write reviews on music, but I got "Opera Proibita" when I was quite sick and for the first time in several weeks I could manage a smile as I heart this devine voice.
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.
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This recording is both stunning and mesmerizing. It is a must-have for anyone who loves the human voice, even if baroque music is not your favourite. Every time I listen to this, I come away amazed by the beauty of Bartoli's voice, and her astonishing ability to make it do exactly what she wants it to do. Don't pass this one up - you'll be enjoying it for the rest of your life.
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If you listen to this CD a 1000 times it will still be as exciting as the first time. Every track a gem. Impossible to pick a favourite one. Her producer Christopher Raeburn agreed with me at one of her concerts she is simply a TRULY HISTORIC singer. The greatest mezzo of all time?. A ONE OFF.
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This is the recording that introduced me to Bartoli's voice. It has remained a firm favourite of mine, since I purchased 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!
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Cecilia Bartoli doesn't just sing, she uses her voice as an instrument and her technique is absolutely stunning. The selected works range from tender embraces to fizzing and sparkling fireworks that will leave you breathless. This recording is a perfect match of voice and orchestra and I can't recommend it too highly. Buy and enjoy!
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I love Cecilia Bartoli and I love the manner in which she sings. To me she is the perfect opera mezzo soprano and she appears such a very nice person also. Not stuck up her nether regions like some one could mention. She is a breath of fresh air; perfect voice and sounding like she is thoroughly enjoying singing in a manner most other professional opera singers could only dream of. Modest I think too!
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Absolutely heart-stoppingly beautiful. This CD by Cecilia Bartoli has introduced me to a wider range of baroque than I have heard before. Perhaps maturity brings an appreciation of the finer things in music. A must have.
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