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Cecilia Bartoli - Live in Italy
Cecilia Bartoli - Live in Italy
Actors: Cecilia Bartoli, Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Director: Brian Large
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2002     1hr 54min


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Actors: Cecilia Bartoli, Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Director: Brian Large
Creators: Nigel Cattle, Steve Eveleigh, Evans Mirageas, Gian Carlo Bertelli, J.F. Mastroianni, Judy Flannery, Lonnie Porro
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Classical
Studio: Decca
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/11/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1998
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 54min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: French, Italian
Subtitles: English
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Movie Reviews

An excellent recording of an outstanding recital.
Zachary C. Sneddon | Terre Haute, IN | 04/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Cecilia Bartoli is arguably the most promising coloratura mezzo-soprano on the world stage today, and this videorecording clearly highlights the Rome native's talent. The neoclassical setting and brilliant acoustics of the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy complement her repertoire, but ultimately it is Bartoli's passion for the music that makes this video worthwhile, and worthwhile it is. I enthusiastically give it five stars."
Fascinating Repertoire, With Delicious Performances.
rsoonsa | Lake Isabella, California | 03/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The first known indoor theatre, Palladio's final achievement, completed in 1580, Teatro Olimpico in the northern Italian city of Vicenza, becomes the sheltering site for this tremendously pleasing recital by acclaimed lyric coloratura mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, accompanied by the masterful pianist from France, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and an ensemble that specializes in previously uncovered pieces from the late Baroque musical era, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca. The latter group is on board for the five opening selections, while Thibaudet is at a splendidly toned and tuned Steinway during the succeeding twenty, along with an additional five encores to please an alert and well-behaved audience that plainly is willing to disregard less than comfortable seating in order to enjoy the carmine-gowned youthful singer's eloquent renditions of infrequently heard items honoured by her increasingly hale voice. Stylishly directed and edited for video in tasteful fashion by Brian Large, the film's camera eye frequently focusses upon the elegant theatre itself, exquisitely designed by Palladio to late 16th century aesthetic touchstones of balance, and cunning application of space, having as well an ancillary advantage of crystalline acoustical quality that serves well the highly popular Bartoli, whose musicological scrutiny of lesser known Baroque compositions is apparent throughout the program. A first-rate potpourri is offered by the adept recitalist and Rossini specialist, not so much being accompanied by Thibaudet but rather partnered with him for an ensemble described by this repetitive collaborator of Bartoli as one involving conversation, i.e., he offering a phrase, she in turn answering. Among highlights of this sublime production at its historic setting are: the opening three pieces by Giulio Caccini; a deceptively emotional performance of Handel's Lascia la Spina; Un Moto di Gioia from Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro; a strikingly rendered Mio Ben Ricordati (Schubert); Berlioz's Zaide, for which the mezzo displays her competence with castanets; an intense Amore e Morte (Donizetti); and amid the encores - - Voi Che Sapete (Mozart's Figaro again); the lovely Caro Mio Ben (Giordano); Canto Negro (Montsalvatge); and a showpiece of Bartoli> the Seguedille from Bizet's opera Carmen wherein she adds a few flamenco steps. A gratifying addition within both the VHS and DVD versions is an informative booklet that contains a valuable description of this musical event, contributed by British music reviewer Andrew Stewart. In sum, this is a high-grade production in all respects."
Cecilia Bartoli is in a class by herself.....
D. Pawl | Seattle | 07/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was so happy when this concert was first aired on PBS in 1999. For me, Cecilia is one of the brightest, most energetic, and beautiful mezzo sopranos around today. This concert represents her versatility and charisma as a performer. It is hard to say what the highlights of this concert are. She sings all of the songs with so much expression, juice and enthusiasm. I loved her aria from Bizet's Carmen where she became that bewitching gypsy from the tobacco factory. I hope opera producers and directors were watching that! She would make a wonderful Carmen for the new generation of divas. I also loved her interpretations of Mozart, Rossini and all of the French songs. Cecilia can bring tears to your eyes or a great smile to your lips. She has you at "Buona Sera." Don't miss this treat."
Bartoli's Power of Seduction
John Shaw | Palo Alto, California United States | 06/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Birds and Goddesses have every right to be envious of this woman's ability to express emotion through song. Men have every right to be seduced by her powers. Her dark hair and dark brown and bright eyes reflects all that is good in the world. Every sylable she sings surrenders to such beauty as to make me believe there is a wise and just God, and a God who loves song."