Cecilia Bartoli – Antonio Vivaldi (2018) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Cecilia Bartoli – Antonio Vivaldi (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:15 minutes | 1,05 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Decca Music Group Ltd.

This new Vivaldi album marks a double anniversary, the thirty-year anniversary of the close collaboration between Cecilia Bartoli and the famous English label Decca, and the twenty-year anniversary of the very successful first Vivaldian opus. This time leaving behind Giovanni Antonini and his Il Giardino Armonico ensemble, Cecilia Bartoli has selected French musicians well versed in Vivaldi’s music, as if to demonstrate the universal nature of the Red Priest’s compositions. In fact, Jean-Christophe Spinosi and his Ensemble Matheus have distinguished themselves with Vivaldi’s instrumental music since their early days.

They started off their collaboration with five concerts, dedicated of course to the Venetian composer, in Munich, Prague, Baden-Baden and Versailles. For their first recording together they selected ten opera titles, nine of which weren’t featured on the 1999 album. The plethora of Vivaldi operas provides an endless supply to recitalists who can easily put together, as is the case here, an extremely lively programme featuring the most beautiful gems of an extraordinarily expansive composer whose melodic liveliness has been a constantly fascinating topic. This release is also beautiful in itslef (accessible on your Qobuz account), as it features a photo book containing beautiful portraits of Cecila Bartoli taken by Roman photographer Viviane Purdom, who has devoted her life to masterfully shooting great classical musicians. Happy anniversary indeed!  – François Hudry

1. Argippo, RV 697 / Act 1: “Se lento ancora il fulmine” 03:51
2. Orlando furioso, RV 728: “Sol da te, mio dolce amore” 09:49
3. Orlando furioso, RV 728: “Ah fuggi rapido” 02:22
4. Il Giustino, RV 717 / Act 2: “Vedrò con mio diletto” 06:14
5. La Silvia, RV 734 / Act 2: “Quell’augellin che canta” 04:11
6. Ottone in Villa, RV 729 / Act 2: “Leggi almeno, tiranna infedele” 05:50
7. La Verità In Cimento, RV 739 / Act 1: “Solo quella guancia bella” 02:28
8. Andromeda Liberata (Serenata Veneziana), RV 117: Sovvente il sole 09:44
9. Tito Manlio, RV 738 / Act 2: “Combatta un gentil cor” 04:02
10. Catone in Utica, RV 705 / Act 2: “Se mai senti spirarti sul volto” 09:58

Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo
Ensemble Matheus
Jean-Christophe Spinosi, conductor