Top positive review
10 March 2012
I heard some of this cd on the radio recently, and just was enthralled by the project, by the voice, by the sheer energy that radiates from this music and the performers. The music on this cd takes you back to the world of 18th-century Naples; the world of Popora, Leonardo Leo and others - and the music of the castrati. It is lyrical, stunningly technical and utterly beautiful music; sung by some of the most unusual artists in their time, and now brought to us, so that we may have some appreciation of what it must really have been like then; by the stunning voice of Cecilia Bartoli.
What an ambitious project by both her and Il Giardino Armonico. And what a triumph. Bartoli's distinct voice and delivery is well suited to this type of music; where we cannot truly hear the sound of a castrati (thank goodness!) we can hear an interpretation of the music as never before. An age, indeed, of vocal virtuosity, and one we are now lucky enough to hear.