[54] Cecilia Bartoli – The Vivaldi Album

18 Apr

The album opens with the clean high tones and crisp instrumentation of one of the most familiar tunes in Classical Music – the beautiful celebration of Spring from The Four Seasons – paving the way for me to enjoy the rest of these far more obscure pieces of Vivaldi’s Opera.

Cecilia Bartoli

Cecilia Bartoli











I grew up listening to and attending performances of light opera – from sublime professional productions, to amateur ridiculous ones (and sometimes vice versa) – so I am well versed in the trilling of a soprano, the overblown emotion so often on display.

Bartoli’s vocal acrobatics on the other hand are controlled, precise and immensely enjoyable, but her instrument is only the most obvious highlight of this impressive blending of composition and technique.

It is the compelling melodies that shine out, brightening up my day whether at my desk at work, or having dinner with my girls. 

After the unresolving chords of Bartok, each nugget of melody is all the more welcome, painting a pleasing picture and leaving me wanting more, even after multiple plays.

The cliché, “a breath of fresh air” is startlingly appropriate at this time.

Bartoli, aided beautifully by Il Giardino Armonico, colors each song with passion and purpose, achieving the impressive trick of making something insanely complex and challenging appear simple and effortless.

Next Week: Count Basie and his Orchestra – The Complete Decca Recordings

Owned before blogging? No. (2 of 54. 4%)
Heard before blogging? No. (4 of 54. 7%)
Recommend? Yes. (42 of 54. 78%)


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