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If You Love Me

Cecilia Bartoli/Gyorgy Fischer Audio CD
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1. Gia, Il Sole dal Gange
2. Son tutta duolo
3. Se Florindo e fedele
4. O cessate di piagarmi
5. Spesso vibra per suo gioco
6. Caro mio ben
7. Pur dicesti, O bocca bella
8. Intorno all'idol mio
9. Nel cor piu non mi sento
10. Il mio ben quando verra
11. O leggiadri occhi belli
12. Quella fiamma che m'accende
13. Selve amiche
14. Sebben, crudele
15. Tu ch'hai le penne, amore
16. Se tu m'ami
17. Chi vuol la zingarella
18. Amarilli
19. Delizie contente
20. Sposa son disprezzata
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Alessandro Parisotti put together three volumes of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century arias in Rome in the 1880s, and called the whole series Arie antiche. These three books have since become the bane of almost every student singer's life, since their simplicity makes them ideal teaching fodder--but the same quality also makes them fearsomely difficult to perform convincingly. Singers often begin a recital with a couple just to prove that they can. Cecilia Bartoli takes the unusual step of performing a recital entirely made up of these pieces--and finds hitherto unsuspected riches in them, without ever sacrificing the simplicity necessary for stylistic accuracy. There is little here of her jaw- dropping coloratura technique, and much more of her ability to let the different colours of her wonderful voice tell the story of the song. She transforms a classroom war-horse like "Caro mio ben", for example, into a moment of pure spiritual intensity and longing. And she makes Vivaldi's portrait of a spurned wife ("Sposa son") truly heartbreaking. This is wonderful singing. --Warwick Thompson

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The chart-topping collection of 18th-century Italian songs ( arie antiche ) arranged by the great Parisotti, and starring the lovely Ms. Bartoli accompanied by Gyorgy Fischer on piano. Includes five songs by Scarlatti; Vivaldi's Sposa Son Disprezzata , and songs by Caccini, Caldara, Paisiello, Pergolesi and others. A London recording.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, touching ability. Sept. 10 2002
Format:Audio CD
Hello !
I have rather ecclectic tastes and this is one of my all time favourite albums.
I understood it is a classic sampler of songs (about ? 2/3 are on the album) collected centuries ago to cover all required singing technique & is used as exercises.
I can relate to the comments of the previous reviewers.
I am NOT an "opera buff" and find some of Cecelia's albums a bit tedious - but not this one.
When I first heard it, I went straight out and bought it.
Why ?
Enjoyment - most of the songs are very pleasant and easy to "hum / la,la,la along to".
But mostly because of her astonishing technique.
If this was an exam, I'm sure she'd get a perfect score.
Her breathing is incredible. As an untrained singer, I KNOW how good she is, believe me !
I was, and still am, completely flabberghasted at her ability to vary volume - especially "without breathing".I have, on occasion, asked friends who actively dislike classical singing to hear certain examples only to consider her ability and in every case they have been very impressed.
I also find some of her renditions extremely touching - even devastating: her "expression"is very skilled & genuine.
My father (opera buff & amateur singer) was astonished at her age when she recorded it - I think approx. 26 or 7 - he felt she sounded far more "mature" than that on this recording.
The accompanying piano is the only instrument and is sensitively and well - played.
The overall impression is of calm with a few lively bursts to break it up. And all the while, excellence.
If you are NOT into complete operas or grand, orchestral performances BUT appreciate & enjoy classical music and singing, you should give this a listen.
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By Armindo
Format:Audio CD
Cecilia Bartoli is indisputably one of the best representatives of Italian singing nowadays. In a time when many singers sacrifice clean-cut singing for screams, sobs and other tricks, Bartoli's straightforward approach stands out. Her instrument is not the most powerful but because of her solid vocal training she can be heard in the last rows of a theatre. She can tackle the most difficult coloratura but also sing a legato line with great warmth and exemplary evenness of tone.
The arias she sings are simple but never simplistic. Standard arias for a young singer but listening to Cecilia here makes me wonder how many legendary sopranos or mezzos would be able to sing these pieces so skilfully, expressively and with beauty of tone. Listen for example with how much intelligence and expressiveness she handles Paisello's "Nel cor piu non mi sento". Each song has its own character and Bartoli knows exactly how to sing it. Truly a lesson of Italian singing! The only aspect that I sometimes find less pleasing is her occasional aggressive singing. This however only occurs when she embellishes a lot.
I greatly admire Bartoli not only for her operatic achievements and tastes (she's a ardent Tebaldi fan) but also for her devotion to classical singing only (she refuses to become a crossover singer).
Don't miss this lovely recital!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once tired songs made beautiful again! March 12 2002
Format:Audio CD
As an accompanist for the past 20+ years, I'd come to believe these songs - many contained within the (in)famous "24 Italian Songs and Arias" were stricly for the high school/early college vocalist to butcher while learning the basics of good singing and Italian.
Boy was I wrong!
Cecilia Bartoli takes these songs and makes you ache, rejoice, and desire right along with her. I never thought I'd be moved by ANY performance of "Caro mio ben" and yet I nearly wrecked my car the first time I heard her on this recording. Magnificent! As is each and every track on this disc. It's inspired me to be a better accompanist and coach, as well as an ardent admirer of all things Bartoli. Many of my choral/vocal music teacher friends have received this disc or bought it after hearing mine. BUY THIS RECORDING!
The only downer is that I may never feel complete if I don't get to accompany this lady on the title track before I die. Oh, well - I guess you can't have it all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Opinioni Sept. 22 1999
Format:Audio CD
For me, this recording was a true gift. Through the intensity of Cecilia's voice and tone, I was given a furtheur glimpse towards the tremendous beauty created through the mastery of the great baroque composers on this disc.Through this period arose the most sublime of arie for the voice, as it was the period when vocal techniqe found its most lofty of achievements, and the highest degree of skill imaginable, creating the study of the voice as a true art, and giving us the gift of the greatest singers to have truly soared in that art, the great Italian castrati. Although we have yet to rediscover such technique and skill, and beauty created through the perfected voice, Ms.Cecilia Bartoli brought us furthur to great vocalization, and that most sublime of accomplishments, and source, of true pleasure. To Cecilia, and the great composers of this recording: Bravissimi!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!! Aug. 14 2000
Format:Audio CD
I originally bought this CD because it had a lot of songs that were in the book that I was studying, "24 Italian Arias and Songs," but it turned out that it help me more then JUST teaching me the songs melodies and words.
Cecilia Bartoli has amazing technique; she has a way of keeping a great intensity in her voice while still keeping it gentle and soft and she adds her own unique twist on songs while still keeping them in the Boroque style. You can also hear the great control and flexibility she has over her voice when she does runs while still keeping the voices beautiful "dark color," which is the technique I idolize most of all!
This is a great CD and I would suggest it to even the first time opera listeners, the big listeners to opera, but especially the students; listening to her you can learn so much!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world
This is a a superstar and every lover of opera needs,this as a part of their collection This is one of her best cds.
Published 18 months ago by M. Mckeown
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Selection of Opera Pieces, and Well Performed
Cecilia Bartoli is nothing short of amazing. Her voice is very well exercised being able to have a wide range and ton color for each individual piece. Read more
Published on May 9 2004 by Jewels
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs not just for students
The "24 Arias" are known by every singer as the beginner songs, and the fact is that many students butcher the songs because they find them very boring to sing. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2002 by "booby20532"
5.0 out of 5 stars La Stupenda Bartoli
As a performing operatic tenor, I well know the difficulties of maintaing line and expressing subtle nuance associated with this period of music, but Cecilia does a fantastic job... Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2002 by "tinkerjscott"
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Cecilia Bartoli album....
If you owned only one of Cecilia Bartoli's albums, before her wondrous Vivaldi and Gluck releases, IF YOU LOVE ME, would be it. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2001 by Eric McCalla
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting used to it
As a beginner in classical voice, I did not at first like Bartoli's style. But, like other great music, it grows on you with repetition... and I now love it. Read more
Published on July 13 2001 by Meredith
5.0 out of 5 stars Cecilia
Lovely singing. So expressive. Occasionally flat. Very flexible. Astonishing ability to change the vocal character. Gorgeous renditions of Italian art songs. Read more
Published on July 9 2001 by J. Brannigan
5.0 out of 5 stars bravo!
exhilarating! a masterpeice of fine classical music. unique, and distinctive. a must have cd!
Published on Oct. 3 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Bartoli
Cecilia Bartoli burst upon the music scene with great and well-deserved fanfare, and this collection of 18th century Italian songs is more evidence that the acclaim is definitely... Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2000 by Daniel G. Berk
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