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Cecilia Bartoli ~ Opera Proibita (Handel · Scarlatti · Caldara) / Les Musiciens du Louvre · Minkowski
George Frideric Handel, Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Caldara
Cecilia Bartoli ~ Opera Proibita (Handel Scarlatti Caldara) / Les Musiciens du Louvre Minkowski
Genre: Classical
 
Cecilia Bartoli's new CD features a collection of music that could not be heard in her native Rome at the start of the 18th century due to Papal censorship. Theaters, the Church felt, were places of evil and corruption and...  more »

      
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Cecilia Bartoli's new CD features a collection of music that could not be heard in her native Rome at the start of the 18th century due to Papal censorship. Theaters, the Church felt, were places of evil and corruption and operas led people to immorality. But some music-loving senior members of the priesthood asked composers to write oratorios and cantatas--indeed, operas without staging, essentially--for their own private entertainment. Call it what you will, the music is sensational--by turns virtuosic, gentle, and playful--and always expressive: just right, it seems, for Cecilia Bartoli's temperament. The opening aria on the CD, a call for peace in the name of Jesus, is, in fact, a dazzling martial air with trumpets blaring and the voice going through an amazing array of coloratura fireworks. It shows Bartoli at her most aggressive. The listener is practically hurled back from the speakers when she begins, with rapid-fire runs and trills and cascades of notes, all perfectly in place. Showy arias are offset by several tender ones ("Lascia la spina" from Handel's Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno returns in the composer's Rinaldo, four years later, as the now-famous "Lascia ch'io pianga"), and Bartoli exhibits again, her many, many levels of pianissimo and sensitive phrasing. Marc Minkowski and his Musiciens are just right for this repertoire and back Bartoli up superbly. This is a fascinating project, rivetingly performed and presented. --Robert Levine

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Sorry, Bartoli fans...
Thomas Stage | South Euclid, OH United States | 02/27/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I've heard well over half the selections now from this CD. Although Miss Bartoli's obviously has a very strong and expressive operatic voice, she has absolutely no idea how to sing early music.

Miss Bartoli's runs on the livelier selections are so percussive and hard that they literally hurt my ears as she sings her way through them. These passages are meant to be sung lightly and expressively, with a polished beauty to the vocal tone.

Her lyrical interpretations and trills on the arias are equally over the top for the style the composers intended them to be sung, although CALDARA Si Piangete Pupille Dolenti was...tolerable. The music should draw you to the words being sung; not to the performer or their "flash".

I truly hope that Miss Bartoli's efforts and talent take her in a different direction. This recording should never be used as a standard for how Baroque or early music is meant to be performed or sung. Consider Emma Kirkby or other Baroque soloists if you really want a proper introduction into this beautiful and heavenly music."
Spicy and Sweet!
dgbkcu | Kentucky, USA | 07/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One can't help but be impressed with the agility in Bartoli's voice. Vocal fireworks! And yet the "Mentre io godo...", "Caldo sangue" and "Lascia la spina..." are so sweet and calming. I consider this CD a must have!"