A voice that rivals violin virtuosity
Here's an incredible technical performance by Cecilia Bartoli:
It's the aria, "Agitata da due venti" by Vivaldi (He must have been thinking 'violin' when he wrote it).
That's impressive certainly. I didn't really enjoy it, though, if we're being honest. At least at the beginning. It did grow on me toward the end.
Paul: Yes, yes, yes. And I think that you will find that if you listen to it a few times, you will hear (and see) more details (musically and otherwise) and your appreciation will grow. Vivaldi had to be thinking "violin" when he wrote this. I'm not sure that there is anything quite like it.
"He must have been thinking 'violin' when he wrote it."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_2VS4NFAXU is a link of my favorite Bartoli Aria. Starting at 3:10 or so shows such beautiful, quiet control. I took this music in for a violin lesson on phrasing. I so wish I could control my tone a 1/10 as well as she does. Perhaps the correct statement is a violinist who rivals the human voice...??
The selection the OP posted is almost exactly the way my wife looked and sounded when a mouse ran up the inside of her pant leg. ;-)
Not my thing to be honest. Good at what she does though.
That was a breakthrough, courageous recital for Cecilia Bartoli-- All Vivaldi opera arias, at an ancient theater, with one of those historically correct string orchestras.
Joel: Thank you for the historical perspective. It certainly helps one gain a perspective on how and why Vivaldi would write a vocal aria like "Agitata..." He must have had access to singers who had the kind of stunning technique and musicianship that Cecilia Bartoli has. It is unfortunate that in today's world we do not have access to so much of Vivaldi's music (as well as that of other composers long gone).
Neil, is https://dyinglight.fandom.com/wiki/Carnage_Hall REALLY where Isaac Stern was so nice about Cecilia Bartoli?
Virtuosity ain't always pretty!
Cecilia Bartoli,for the incredible flexibility of her voice, is a good candidate indeed!
This discussion has been archived and is no longer accepting responses.