Gluck Italian Arias, CECILIA BARTOLI

GLUCK

Italian Arias: La Corona,
Antigono, La Clemenza Di Tito,
Il Parnaso Confuso, Ezio,
La Semiramide Riconosciuta
Cecilia Bartoli
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Bernhard Forck
Int. Release 17 Aug. 2001
1 CD / Download
CD 0289 467 2482 8 dh Decca DDD


Track List

Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714 - 1787)
La Clemenza di Tito

Il Parnaso confuso

Ezio, Wq 31

La Semiramide riconosciuta, Wq 13

La Corona

5.
10:19

La Clemenza di Tito

Antigono, Wq 21

Cecilia Bartoli, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Bernhard Forck

Total Playing Time: 1:06:38

. . . [these arias] are sung with an extraordinary emotional force and technical skill¿ not to say a sheer beauty of tone¿ that I cannot imagine being matched by any other singer today. Cecilia Bartoli's range is formidable. In the first aria¿ from La clemenza di Tito¿ she sings with trumpet­l-ike tone and brilliance of attack¿ throwing off wide-­spanning arpeggios with evident abandon and dispatching coloratura with fluency and precision¿ each note articulated and perfectly tuned -- like a row of faultless pearls¿ each one glistening. The second¿ an elegantly pathetic little piece from the later "Il Parnaso confuso"¿ is a tour de force of delicate¿ tender pianissimo singing . . . she gently draws out certain phrases¿ almost imperceptibly yet with a refinement and sensibility that are immensely affecting . . . The third¿ from Ezio¿ begins with an orchestral recitative of thrilling dramatic urgency and goes on to an aria of great passion . . . The aria from "La corona" of 1765 has alternating slow and fast sections¿ rapt and intense music alternating with forceful expression and brilliant coloratura . . . The accompaniments provided by this Berlin period­-instrument group are splendidly alert¿ sensitive and pointed. A quite outstanding record that no one who loves fine singing can miss.