|1. Dell'aura al sussurrar|
|2. Dopo un'orrida procella|
|3. Di due rai languire costante|
|4. Qual favellar? ...Andero, volero, gridero|
|5. Zeffiretti, che sussurrate|
|6. Alma oppressa|
|7. Dite, oime|
|8. Sventurata navicella|
|9. Sorte, che m'invitasti...Ho nel petto un cor si forte|
|10. Tra le follie...Siam navi all'onde algenti|
|11. Gelido in ogni vena|
|12. Anch'il mar par che sommerga|
|13. Di trombe guerriere|
It's a special import from France: a 4-disc set of their complete Teldec recordings of the Vivaldi chamber recordings--and the best part is that it retails for a ridiculously LOW price!!
The set, like many imports, can be hard to find. Here's how: go to the classical search page, type "Teldec" in the label box and "vivaldi" in the title box, and then click search. Of the half-dozen results or so, this astounding bargain should appear. Volumes 1 and 2 are still available domestically as full-price CDs, but volumes 3 and 4 have been out of print for a number of years.
So--snap this up before it disappears. The Gramophone Good CD Guide rightfully picks Il Giardino Armonico as tops in this particular repertoire, and for good reason--the set is outstanding, and an insane bargain to boot!!
Now getting to the performance by Bartoli. She really loves this music, as you can tell. Yes, she is mannered in some of the things she does, but that is her way of seeing the music. Her technical skills are amazing, and her interpretations (the "drama" behind the music) is just as intense. Some think Bartoli has a strong voice. Actually, her voice is very small, if you have heard her in performance (they weren't even sure she would be heard when she sang at the Met), and it has a very delicate quality, even when being "brash." Recordings give you the impression she has a much larger sound than she does, but that is because small voices record truer and better than large ones (the industry still can't capture large voices at all). However, even with a small voice, in performance she is breathtaking. She makes the music live.Read more ›
The first two arias on this CD are the standouts. The first is Dell aura al sussurrar which used a tune from spring one of the four seasons. The second is an aria written for a castrato Dopo un orrida procella which has an accompaniment of two french horns and has a driving pace and is a great test of any voice.
Over all it is an enjoyable CD and it recovers a style of music which although not lost has not been part of the mainstream. Even my mother and sister like it.
This combination is a winner and package, album is nice to hold, read, look at and so on too so if you like Bartoli or/and those music performers it is a great album to listen to and look into.
Any music lover with a taste for HEAVY red italian Barolo wine should taste this.