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The main disc is really superb, and although I don't normally go for "sacred" recordings in a big way, I found that I really liked the second disc. Nicely presented as a "luxury" album (like a small hard backed booklet with the discs inside the covers) the whole package, I think is really good value. A must for a Cecilia fan.
As for the choice of songs, the list pushes the boundaries with a world premiere recording and a first time on CD recording (arias by Vinci and Rossini respectively). There are many lesser known works interspersed with the familiar such as Handel's `Ombra mai fu' and `Lascia la spina', both of which are sung with a sublime mix of passion and restraint, and certainly not in the usual style associated with these baroque favourites.
Cecilia Bartoli continues to combine the unfamiliar with the popular, and performs with her usual dedicated passion and virtuoso skill which I think is becoming almost unrivalled in this generation of opera singing.
I listened to this recording on KLM flight (it was part of their entertainment program) and then bought it. No regrets - this is one of the finest classical recordings you can get for the money in this world.
It's the third time I listen to it and I'm not tired of it.
Beautiful voice, fantastic control and high emotion are in these renditions. I've also found a truly wonderful "Casta Diva" that surely will be played often in parallel with the unsurpassed (for me) performance of Caballé in 1974.
Bartoli has gained, if not a new devoted fan (must listen to other recordings before that), surely a new happy and deeply moved follower.
Long-term followers might not find enough new material here that justifies the spend but I would recommend the purchase to people who, like me, doesn't have any recording from this mezzo and wants to know more of her artistry. I think it's a splendid start.
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I could listen to it for hours.
How does she sing like that?!!!!!
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