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Italy — 4,000 boys sacrificed each year in the name of music. With her new album “Sacrificium”, and a major international concert tour, Cecilia Bartoli uncovers the extraordinary world of the “castrati”, and sings the glorious music they inspired.
The “Sacrificium” project will tell the story of the castrati in all its complexity; its beauty, glamour, controversy and cruelty. The album focuses on the Neapolitan school, which produced superstar castrati including Farinelli and Caffarelli. “The age of the castrati” inspired some of the most virtuosic repertoire ever written for the human voice; elaborate coloratura showpieces and beautiful slow arias, written for the extraordinary vocal abilities of the leading castrati.
Following the international success of “Opera Proibita”, Cecilia Bartoli uncovers more lost jewels of Baroque music, with an album almost entirely composed of world premiere recordings. For the first time since their record-breaking “Vivaldi Album”, Cecilia Bartoli is reunited with leading Italian period instrument ensemble Il Giardino Armonico and their director Giovanni Antonini.
Porpora: Come Nave In Mezzo All'Onde
Caldara: Profezie, Di Me Diceste
Araia: Cadrò, Ma Qual Si Mira
Porpora: Parto Ti Lascio, O Cara
Porpora: Usignolo Sventurato
Graun (C): Misero Pargoletto
Porpora: In Braccio A Mille Furie
Leo: Qual Farfalla
Porpora: Nobil Onda
Graun (C): Deh, Tu Bel Dio D'Amore...Ov'È Il Mio Bene?
Vinci (L): Chi Temea Giove Regnante
Caldara: Quel Buon Pastor Son Io
17th November 2009
“a classic Bartoli offering – an almost painfully slickly produced product that nevertheless sees off critical cynicism with its dramatic, technical and vocal prowess...[The arias'] virtuosity and range of emotion are as remarkable as Bartoli’s excitingly, flawlessly passionate delivery of them.”
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