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The Vivaldi Album

Cecilia Bartoli , Il Giardino Armonico , Antonio Vivaldi Audio CD
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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

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Mezzo Cecilia Bartoli could easily rest on her laurels as one of today's most charismatic, character singers for her lively portrayals of Mozart and Rossini heroines. But it's been particularly exciting to observe her growth as an artist in exploring the exuberant world of baroque opera, with its range of pyrotechnic demands--both vocal and emotional. Bartoli's show-stopping virtuosity in a Vivaldi aria from her Live in Italy recital gave a tantalising sample of her finesse in that style. For The Vivaldi Album, Bartoli conducted extensive research into the composer's manuscripts (a documentary tracing her quest is planned for subsequent screening). Although he's best known for his concertos--in typically baroque fashion, two of the arias in fact recycle material from The Four Seasons--Vivaldi was a ferociously prolific composer of operas for the cutting-edge theatres of his time and the arias gathered here demonstrate the word-painting magic of his music, from the sylvan setting of duetting flageolets in "Di due rai languire costante" to the storm-tossed passions of "Anch'il mar par che sommerga", where Bartoli spins out ripples of rapid-fire coloratura with a gravity-defying accuracy that will leave your head spinning. In addition to many such examples of vocal acrobatics, Bartoli brings exquisite nuance and limpid tone to the delicate echo effects of "Zeffiretti, che sussurrate" and there's no better test for the remarkable flexibility of her range--full and dusky at the bottom and thrilling at the top--than the huge intervallic leaps of "Dopo un'orrida procella". With her naturally large voice, Bartoli can at times tend to histrionic excess (in the recitative to the short aria from "L'Orlando finto pazzo"), but the expressive colour of her phrasing is wonderfully matched throughout by Il Giardino Armonico's lively panache. All power to Bartoli in her goal of reviving this neglected aspect of Vivaldi's output. --Thomas May

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Includes Dell'aura al sussurrar; Dopo un'orrida procella; Di due rai languir costante; Alma oppressa; Dite, oim+¨; Sventurata navicella; Gelido in ogni vena; Anch'il mar par che sommerga, and more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Attention Giardino Armonico fans--- Jan. 3 2004
By sky
Format:Audio CD
I've just discovered the greatest Giardino Armonico bargain of all time!
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!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation Nov. 4 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was amazed with this album of super fine music. I had known all my life that Vivaldi wrote tons of operas, but finding them, or the scores of them, was nearly impossible. In time I found a few, and was I ever amazed and disappointed. The published scores that were available were what was common practice of that time: there were the vocal lines and a figured bass and nothing more. There were no indications of orchestration. Even with that little bit, I was shocked with the intensity and complexity of this vocal writing. This man knew how to write for the voice. Until singers are willing to research his works, we, the public, will know him for a very orchestra suites and nothing more. The result will be a very stilted view of what the man had to offer.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best work of Cecilia Bartoli Aug. 15 2003
By Annio
Format:Audio CD
This is simply the best work of Cecilia Bartoli. Her voice is a delicatessen and Il Giardino Armonico sounds very very well. I think that I don't need to say anymore. Simply: BUY IT!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The art of singing, still with us Feb. 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
Even if you disdain Vivaldi in the Stravinsky way, do yourself
a favor, and get this record. Music hidden in some obscure
library for centuries, brought to pulsating life by a minor
voice, here used with passion and artistry reminding one of
vocal artists of the past. An enriching experience for anyone
enjoying the art of singing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great music, but disappointment Sept. 30 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I thoroughly enjoy classical music but found this cd to be a disappointment by a heavy vocal performance. It was shocking to hear the heaviness and darkness in Cecilia's voice, whom I had remembered to be lighter and more playful. My only good thought about this cd is "At least it was a gift" because if I had actually purchased it I would be thoroughly disgusted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone likes it Aug. 30 2002
Format:Audio CD
This has been a successful commercial release. What has happened is that Bartoli has recorded a number of Vivaldi arias that have not formed part of the popular repertoire. She also filmed a television documentary that was based on her singing this obscure but interesting material. The documentary in retrospect was probably a good promotional vehicle. The CD itself comes in a small book which contains material on Vivaldi and Bartoli with lots of illustrations. It is an attractive package, and I note that Bartoli has repeated it with the recent release of a number of obscure arias by Gluck.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music is the best part Aug. 2 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I rate this five stars because Il Giradino Armenico lift it up to something extra. It is not that I dont like Bartoli but sometimes I think she sing this with too much vibrato for my taste but she def. has a great voice.
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.
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