August 3, 2014

St. Petersburg - Cecilia's new programme (CD and tour)

The release of Cecilia's  new CD "St. Petersburg" (Ltd. Deluxe Edit.) will be on 10th of October 2014 in Germany - according to amazon.de and weltbild.de. Composers mentioned: Raupach, Araia, Manfredini, Cimarosa. So all of you who will come to Cecilia's concert in Berlin on 22nd of October will be lucky to hear the first performance of her new programme!

I think this surprising project (at least for me) is worth to be discussed within a new post.
(I removed the started discussion in the Schedule section...Klaus T.)



43 comments:

  1. Thank you, Christiane, for opening the post.
    What a surprise! I'm sure, she has dug out spectacular music from the archives, to show us again , how much of the beautiful music composed still is hidden in there.
    I'm surprised, amazon mentions names so early. So there won't be an intricate cat and mouse play with videos and hidden cues this time like for Mission.
    I'm very glad, she teamed up with Barocchisti and Fasolis again, as I think , Mission takes the crown in her recorded music. Will she be able, to top it?
    I'm getting excited already, as I will be in Berlin for the premiere.
    But something tells me, there will be a fitting inauguration before that first official concert.
    Klaus

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  2. Hello Christiane, thank you for bringing this up! What a surprise! Like Klaus I liked this "cat and mouse play" by launching "Mission". So let´s see, what she offers us this time. I would like to mention my first thought when I read your post: How is she doing that? When did she recorded it? Look at her schedule this year...... this woman is a constant source of energy :-) Unbelievable!! Koile

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  3. Cecilia is a busy Lady...:...but there are possible gaps if you look in the Old Schedules section :).

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  4. Wow, what news! Another world to discover, looking very much forward to it! :)

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  5. That was a hint already: http://www.gramilano.com/2012/03/cecilia-bartoli-takes-a-ship-to-join-valery-gergiev-in-st-petersburg/

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  6. There will most likely be arias from Cimarosa's Il Matrimonio Segreto, of which the complete opera can be heard at www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmlxiKPVzY , unless of course she only wants to include world-premieres. Almost nothing has ever been published before of those composers like Raupach and Araja..

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    1. sorry, not just to be heard but seen, a 2007 performance , Very Mozartesque, 2 months after Mozart's death.

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    2. Ton, don't expect anything well know -:)....we know Cecilia for her world premiere recordings by now ...

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  7. Interesting project. Indeed, St Petersburg was built by Italian architects and there were many Italian artists at the Russian court (some of the names here http://www.saint-petersburg.com/italian/great-italians/)

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  8. How wonderful! I hope she brings these concerts to Austria and also hope these new album has those amazing castrati arias that Cecilia sings to absolute and unrivaled perfection.. loved Norma and Maria and Mission but to me Sacrificium was her best album to date, she's the closest we can get to the legendary castrati singers.

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    1. She will be in the Konzerthaus in Vienna end of November, see schedule.
      Klaus

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  9. That's a wondwrful news, something to looking forward to. Cecilia know how to surprise and please her fans, and it will be exiting to follow her through. I'll be looking much forward to this project.

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  10. http://decca.com/superfan/

    This is the new "game" for introducing the new Album.

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    1. What a stupid competition between so called fans. I Can't belief that cecilia agreed to this ignorant campaigne and misuse of our contributions Verena's wonderful book.
      Superfan Christiane - because cecilia touches my heart more than ...

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    2. I agree...it's quiet degrading I think. I don't know if it was a clever idea by Cecilia and / or her team.
      I have been feeling lately too much of a manufactured 'hype' anyway, surrounding her projects.
      If it becomes too much of a circus (promotion, art work, cover's cd etc.) it surely will backfire one day so that she isn't taken as seriously anymore as she deserves.
      Anyway to me it's rather off putting. I believe what they consider to be a 'fan' is more a person who is sligthly'crazy' (in the kindest sense of the word) and not someone who appreciates and is interested in the music and travels because of that to concerts and performances.

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    3. I'm very excited about the new CD.
      Rain, I don't think, that the hype around the last albums was manufactured really, cause Cecilia more than delivers in the end. It's just a way for DECCA, to sell the CD. I don't think, they would need it at all, as her CD's would sell out in a short time anyway, as they are outstanding and unique. For me Mission and Norma was the crown of her artistry and I can barely believe, she will top it (again) with St. Petersburg.......but we'll see.
      The videos for Mission were kind of funny and Cecilia obviously liked it so thats ok. As for the photographs, I find them very interesting and thought provoking many times.
      But this campaign moves the admiration , her fans have for her and her art into the section of teeny groupies for popstars. She is a "baroque" star maybe, but also she takes her job extremely serious and that's what, in my opinion, is not reflected in a Superfan pin badge campaign.
      I agree with Charlotte and all the others: let's look forward to the new CD and enjoy it.

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  11. I'm absolutely with you, Christiane. If there wasn't that 'official Cecilia Bartoli Superfan pin badge', I wouldn't care that much about it. This I find quite humiliating.

    They could have asked the fans to tell their stories, just as Verena did, and then raffle off some signed CDs. That would have been far enough.

    Anybody in Salzburg for Cenerentola? And to ask Cecilia about Superfan?

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  12. Decca confond les admirateurs de Cecilia avec les fans hystériques et décervelés de Beyonce, c'est dégradant et pour elle et pour nous... C'est rabaisser l'ouverture, la curiosité, la sensibilité qui peuvent expliquer en partie notre amour de l'art lyrique au rang de consommation compulsive de moutons craignant par-dessus tout de ne pas être bien à l'abri dans leur troupeau.
    Nous n'avons pas besoin de cette mascarade pour avoir un autographe et deux ou trois petits cœurs de la main de Cecilia, il suffit d'avoir la patience d'aller l'attendre à la fin d'un de ses concerts.

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  13. Hello everybody! I am not as long as you part of the Cecilia Universe, but I am really shocked by this stupid and senseless campaign. I mean, getting a pin-badge is great…. when you are 12 years old. Seriously: this whole Superfan-campaign reminds me of the teenager-Magazine “Bravo”. Maybe some of you can remember the “Star-Schnitt” or other useless Popstar-trash! And that it is: trash! It seems that DECCA is worried, that Cecilia won´t win enough younger audience over with her new project or that she cannot win younger audience at all with her unique way of creating and realizing a new project. I emailed DECCA and told them, how I feel about this “Superfan-Contest”. I don´t think that they care. Greetings to all of you from Koile, not a Superfan, but super devoted to C. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much, Koile, for pointing out that the pin badge would be great for a twelve year old. It seems Cecilia agrees! As a twelve year old who has appreciated Cecilias music from the age of two having been introduced to it by myself, I can assure you that my grandaughter will cherish the prize and the memory of her award just as much as she appreciates the many wonderful CD's and DVD's we enjoy together. Such a pity to see so much negativity surrounding what was for our family a lifting experience that only added to our continuing enjoyment of Cecilia's music. Of course at the end of the day I am the one who stands guilty of participating in what you deem to be a stupid and senseless campaign, but my grandaughter was already "hooked" on Cecilia's from an early age so in our eyes, her prize reflects how much she has enjoyed Cecilia for ten years.

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    2. Dear Allan,

      please don't feel insulted by the problems some of us had with the campaign in the beginning. I must admit, I had problems, too, but I learnt to see it from another side. Many of us 'know' Cecilia personally, we met her several times and talked to her, she knows our names, since she is a very kind person, who takes her fans seriously. So we somehow feel like friends - and now this friend offers you a pin badge. Hum. That felt weird.

      But Ton made - at least me see it as it is meant to. She wanted to give something back and wanted to give anyone the chance for contacting her. She made the effort to read or watch everything people sent her, which I appreciate very much.

      That your little granddaughter enjoys the pin badge is wonderful! The most wonderful thing is that Cecilia's voice reaches her in her world, I found it great to read.

      And I can tell you that my nice, who has severe brain damages and cannot communicate with us, changed her behavior, when I let her listen to Cecilia. She became quite.

      Music is a universal language and Cecilia's ability to speak it with all emotions makes it so special.

      All the best to you and your granddaughter

      Charlotte

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    3. I agree Charlotte. Music being a universal language is taken on and enjoyed in so many different ways by people of different backgrounds and outlooks. Situated as we are in a small village in Scotland we have few opportunities to attend big classical music events. We were thrilled recently to be able to go to a concert given by a small touring opera company locally and I am looking forward to an upcoming performance of Macbeth by the Scottish National Opera company, again in a local theatre.

      Whereas in my case I often feel quite deeply and can get emotional listening to beautiful voices, they seem to envigorate my grandaughter. Quite often she will listen to a piece and go straight through to the piano and reproduce sections of what she has heard within minutes. Her condition seems to have given her an innate ability to mimic voices and pieces of music so easily. You should have heard her warbling the famous Queen of the night aria when she was only 9 years old.

      Anyway, as you say it was a way to extend a touch to those of us who rely on CD's and DVD's to enjoy Cecilias music and rest assured I did not feel insulted by comments from those whose outlook is different from ours. It would be an odd world if we all thought the same. Speaking to some local people about Cecilia and the event, I was actually shocked to find that few of them had even heard of Cecilia! Another example of how different people's outlook can be. At the end of the day as they say here despite our differences "we are all Jock Tamsons bairns"

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    4. So I'm happy to read that I understood you wrong.

      I'm right now listening to 'Idu na smert', it seems to be telling a story of a whole lifetime with all its pain, tenderness and love. I'm very grateful that Cecilia discovered this and gilds it by singing it.

      And thanks for teaching me a Scottish saying. ;)

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    5. Nice to touch base Charlotte. I am mid way through Rossini's Otello. Looks like Cecilia probably ended up with a few bruises after this one as she was thrown about the stage a bit.

      Have another Scottish saying "Lang may yer lum reek" (translated means hope you have a long and contented life!)

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  14. I have to say, the more I think it over, the less I care. I think we all know, what Cecilia's art and her way to be means to us and on the top of it, we all know that Cecilia knows. This is what counts, whatever story a label like Decca fudges.

    So let's look forward to 'St. Petersburg'.

    Have a nice day
    Charlotte

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    1. I agree ! let's look forward to St Petersburg with this link
      http://www.rebus.ch/making-of-cecilia-bartoli/
      Have a nice summer everybody and Viva Cecilia !
      Alexandre

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    2. Ah, enfin une pochette regardable et non atroce comme celles de "Sacrificium" et de "Mission" !

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    3. What a wonderful short documentary. Cecilia clearly had a lot of fun.
      I'm looking forward to the new CD very much.
      The Facebook site says, they will releveal some more info about the St Petersburg CD tomorrow.

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    4. Thanks for this link, Cecilia is always so charming and beautiful. St Petersburg CD will surely be something to looking forward to.

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  15. It did make me wonder if I indeed had a SUPERFAN badge, would I wear it?

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    1. And - would you Dr. B? Are you cool enough? :-) Koile *teasing a bit *

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  16. Here is the tracklisting, with a little presentation : two arias are in russian ! (from Raupach's Alceste). Only 10 arias and one instrumental marcia but probably long arias :
    http://www.amazon.com/St-Petersburg-Deluxe-Edition-Bartoli/dp/B00M0CX9HM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407103794&sr=8-1&keywords=cecilia+bartoli+st+petersburg
    all the best,
    Fred

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  17. Hence 2 arias from Araia 's la forza dell amore (1734) and Seleuco (1744), 2 by Raupach's Alceste (1758), 3 by his master Manfredini's Carlo Magno (1763), 1 Cimarosa 's La Vergine del Sole (1788) and 1 Dall Oglio addionnal aria for la Clemenza di Tito by Hasse (1742 in St Petersburg).
    all the Best,
    Fred

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  18. Thank you, Fred.
    «Idu na smert» means `I'm going to my doom´, and the literal translation of «Razverzni, pyos, gortani, laya» would be `Dog, open your larynges wide, when barking´.

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  19. Quelle belle pochette : http://www.amazon.fr/Petersburg-Cecilia-Bartoli-Fasolis-Barocchisti/dp/B00M28S3DY/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1407138323&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Cecilia+Bartoli+St.+Petersburg
    Plus de trois mois à attendre... Peut-être y aura-t-il quelques morceaux en libre écoute quelque part...

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  20. On Amazon you can download Raupachs O placido il mare :) Wonderful aria :)

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  21. If you go on iTunes in the store, there are 11 samples and 'Raupach: Siroe, re di Persia - "O placido il mare"' as aac to buy (1.29 € = better file and cheaper than at amazon).

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  22. Beautiful!! Cover and aria, both.

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  23. After all the intricacy of Mission a very subtle, yet beautiful, cover.
    Great choices of music. And Russian, too. Interesting. Is she fluent in Russian by now??
    Can't wait, to hear all arias in full length. Will DECCA give us an aria or two before release in that grand opening, that was intended to be today???

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  24. http://www.gramilano.com/2014/08/deccas-cecilia-bartoli-superfan-campaign-backfires/

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    1. Thanks for the link, i find also that this campaign is stupid ! the admirators of Cecilia are not some idiots with an IQ chicken !
      I think Decca shows a deep contempt for its customers treated as brainless morons ......

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  25. I am from St.Petersbourg, not a musician, but I know there must be a lot of lost treasures in archives of St.Pbg. I also wonder why only several russian no famous musicians discovered forgotten music.
    There can be in St.Pbg archives a manuscript of Traettas Four seasons, Manfredinis Aeneid, different ballets and many orhers

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