Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Live in Italy

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The gleaming smile in the cover shot belongs to a young mezzo-soprano coasting at the top of her game, thrilled at the chance to show off in the 400-year-old Teatro Olimpico in Vicenze. The cheers interspersed throughout this June 1998 concert are her adoring fellow Italians. Count yourself lucky to be able to join them and Cecilia Bartoli with a recording that faithfully reflects the scrumptious range of both her voice and emotional dynamics.

Within the first three selections by Caccini, Bartoli displays crystal-clear diction, from a warm mezzo lower range all the way up to the gentle, airy tones at the top of her soprano. She unleashes a potent battery of coloratura techniques in the Vivaldi aria. The role of accompaniment passes from the lively Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca to tasteful pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, as Bartoli proceeds to feature impressive, if unseen, characterizations: the folksiness of the Viardot, the low darkness of Rossini's Zelmira. A similar spirit pervades the encores as well, with the androgynous ardor of Mozart's Cherubino and the almost Carmen Mirandaesque zest of the contemporary piece by Montsalvatge. This is a bounty of Bartoli.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:38 Amazon
2 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:36 Amazon
3 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:45 Amazon
Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, oratorio, HWV 46a
4 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 06:09 Amazon
Griselda, opera in 3 acts, RV 718
5 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 05:36 Amazon
6 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:34 Amazon
7 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:20 Amazon
8 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 04:59 Amazon
9 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:56 Amazon
10 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:39 Amazon
11 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:09 Amazon
12 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:16 Amazon
13 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:53 Amazon
14 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:18 Amazon
Mi lagnerò tacendo, settings and album leaves for voice & piano
15 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:48 Amazon
16 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:34 Amazon
Mi lagnerò tacendo, settings and album leaves for voice & piano
17 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:19 Amazon
18 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 04:55 Amazon
Zelmira, opera
19 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 06:56 Amazon
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
20 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:54 Amazon
21 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 04:09 Amazon
22 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 03:23 Amazon
Canciones negras (5) for voice & piano (or orchestra)
23 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 01:14 Amazon
Carmen, opera
24 Cecilia Bartoli / Jean-Yves Thibaudet 02:46 Amazon
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