BARTOLI Mission DVD 0743604

. . . [an] elegant movie . . . filmed in the magnificent Chateau de Versailles . . . all beautifully photographed. Bartoli offers a collection of arias from various operas by Steffani, sung with her usual virtuoso style, with baroque accompaniment by the fine I Barocchisti directed by Diego Fasolis . . . this is a class production sure to delight Bartoli's legion of fans.

Here is an irresistible opportunity to sample the operatic output of Agostino Steffani under luxurious conditions . . . Steffani's stylistic range and his vivid capacity to differentiate mood never flag . . . [Bartoli's and Jaroussky's] passionate delivery, clockwork counterpoint and echoing trills make their duets the supreme highlights here. In twenty excerpts from nine operas and one cantata, Bartoli's affection for the music is palpable, especially in her opulent cantabile line, with its spontaneous-seeming ornamentation, feather-light undulations and limitless shading.

. . . wie gewohnt unübertrefflich, mit mitreißender Koloraturenpower und zärtlich hingeworfenen Kusshänden. Dass sie im Repertoire zudem auch manche Entdeckungen bietet, die es nicht auf die CD geschafft haben . . . darf man zu den weiteren, schlagenden Argumenten für diese Produktion zählen.

. . . la mezzo s'implique pour nous dévoiler la flamme amoureuse d'un précurseur de Haendel, indiscutablement doué . . . quand Cecilia évoque la torpeur voire l'extase amoureuse . . . l'ivresse et la justesse expressive enchantent . . . 1 heure de pure délectation musicale . . .