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Cecilia Bartoli - A Portrait
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini, Giulio Caccini
Cecilia Bartoli - A Portrait
Genres: International Music, Pop, Classical
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A perfect compilation
Claudio Freire de C.Barros | RIO BRANCO, ACRE Brazil | 02/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I consider Ms bartoli to be one of the best mezzo- sopranos,if not the best,at the present moment.She has perfect technique and a warmth of voice that you feel only an Italian can have(and nothing better than having an Italian singing in Italian also).This CD is a compilation of the best pieces in her discography so far.It is a CD to fall in love with."
Steven A. Peterson | 12/05/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Cecelia Bartoli releases yet another fanastic CD, 'A Portrait'. This CD shows off her ability to sing with warmth and brilliance in a variety of beautiful music written for both soprano and mezz-sopranos. If you enojoy listening to this singer, 'A Portrait' is an asset to your CD collection."
Very good singing!
Steven A. Peterson | Hershey, PA (Born in Kewanee, IL) | 03/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Cecilia Bartoli has a wonderfully rich, textured mezzo voice. This CD shows her skills to good effect. Some illustrative cuts. . . .

"Voi che sapete" from Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" is richly sung. She displays a lush mezzo voice. This aria is smoothly sung; a very nice version. Her sumptuous voice interprets this piece nicely. A very satisfying version.

From "Don Giovanni," we have "Batti batti, o bel Masetto." Her rich voice does justice to this piece. There is also a nice characterization in play. Poignantly sung.

Rossini's "Belta Crudele" is smoothly sung; her rich voice does well by this piece. An effecting version. She notes of Rossini that he is "a composer to whom I feel particularly close, and in whose coloratura writing I have found a new and different expressive mode."

She takes a crack at Rossini's "Bel raggio lusinghier," normally sung by sopranos. And this does not disappoint. This work, sung by a mezzo, provides an interesting interpretation. She demonstrates agility in her technique; she shows good ornamentation. There is even a decent trill in this work, something that some current coloratura sopranos would long to equal, from my listening.

The final cut on the CD is from Rossini's "La Cenerentola," "Nacqui all'affano. . .Non piu mesta." Very well done. Her coloratura technique is rock solid. A trill during this cut would fill many sopranos with envy. She clearly shows a good coloratura sensibility. This is great stuff!

This is a good introduction to the range of skills possessed by Bartoli. A nice CD indeed.