Decca Releases Cecilia Bartoli’s Sospiri – A Collection of her Most Beautiful Recordings, Available November 2, 2010
Last year Cecilia Bartoli released Sacrificium which immediately topped charts around the world (#1 debut on Billboard’s Classical Chart, platinum in France, Belgium and the Netherlands and gold in Switzerland) and became her fast-selling album ever. This year, Decca pays tribute to the mezzo’s art with Sospiri, a 2-CD collection of her most beautiful recordings including two never-before-released tracks. Presented in deluxe packaging, this truly collectible edition will be released on November 2, 2010.
Cecilia Bartoli is loved the world over for vocal fireworks and spectacular coloratura, but she is also adored for her spine-tingling pianissimi and her ability to shape endless, velvety phrases. It is this softer, more sensual side to her singing that Decca celebrates with the release of Sospiri. Bartoli’s remarkable technical ability and breath control are put on display to dazzling effect with selections that span from Handel and Vivaldi through Rossini and Bellini to Fauré and Duruflé.
For fans of Cecilia Bartoli there is the added bonus of a new interpretation of Rosina’s aria Una voce poco fa from Il Barbiere di Siviglia. This aria of young love has been a calling-card for Bartoli since her professional debut and she infuses this new interpretation with all her knowledge of the baroque and classical tradition on which Rossini’s music was founded, her experience of period practice and critical reading of manuscripts together with a playfulness and variety of colors which she has acquired over the years. In addition, Sospiri includes the previously unreleased aria and world-premiere recording of Vinci’s Cervo in bosco, one of Farinelli’s most often performed arias.