August 4, 2014

90 seconds of each track of "St.Petersburg"

Have your iTunes ready and listen to 90 seconds of each aria on the new CD !!!

39 comments:

  1. Wonderful!!!!! Cecilia never ceases to amaze me and the cover is gorgeous! it's wonderful to see the beauty of Cecilia in the art cover.. I didn't like what she did for the covers of Mission and Sacrificium.

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    1. I agree, this cover is beautiful and captures Cecilia in all her charming feminine beauty, really beautiful Art Cover, I'd buy the cd because I love Cecilia and her unrivaled Art but I think that an Album focused on Russia in this moment was not very fortunate considering what Russia is doing in Ukraine and also the violations of civil right of homosexuals and journalists.. Cecilia should talk about this .. at least, just my two cents

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    2. Shame to see such posts on this wonderful board. I hope poor ignorant victims of the information war against Russia like you are a minority among fans of Cecilia.

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    3. I also don't think that any politics from today should keep us from cherishing Russian or Russia-related art, but I do agree that there are many reasons to be critical of the current Russian government and if it was for the discrimination of homosexuals alone. You might have a very different view on this, and I really don't think this is the right place for this form of political discussion, but speaking of people with a different opinion as "poor ignorant victims" is unappropriate to say the least.

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    4. This is not a political blog.
      But we have the right of free speech and that right is not called "ignorance"!!
      I think, it's clear from a couple of comments now, what people think and also, that most of these people can separate governments from music. Let's go on and discuss music and Cecilia.....

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    5. Inability or unwillingness to distinguish fiction and lies from the truth relates to ignorance exactly.
      Didymus is right, this is the place to talk about music and Cecilia. So be it.

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  2. Even though I agree with you about the comments on current Russian government, we music lovers should have something, they don't have: tolerance. The music on this album has nothing to do with Putin's government and we should just take it as what it is: music written by Italians for Russian employers 200 years back in time.
    I think music should be above politics and it (in the best case) reflects freedom, intelligence, tolerance, emotion and humanity. Should we stop listening to Tchaikovsky's music because he was Russian ? Or listen to it especially, cause he was homosexual? Should we stop listening to Wagner's music, cause Wagner was an antisemite ?
    Jessye Norman once said, she always tried to separate the art from the artist. So maybe in this case, we have to separate the music from the current government of Russia and just enjoy it.
    Just my two cents.

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    1. I totally agree with your statement, I find this project extremly interesting and can't wait for the release date. ¿does anybody know if this album has castrati arias? many castratos performed in russia in the 18th century and some became great stars there, like Marchesi or Rocchetti.. hope Cecilia homage them too in this album.

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    2. And my two cents, too. Very well said, Klaus.

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    3. I am deeply sure that the biggest haters of the Russian government are among the Russian people themselves, but my mind has not changed since we last argued on the forum on this subject: music and art in general should rise above the transient periods of the political insanity.

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    4. Yes, Cecilia’s music from 18th century has nothing to do with Putin, nothing at all. Moreover, she couldn’t know such a tragedy would happen. So, it would be out of place to mix up her great music and talents with what happened in Ukraine.

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  3. First of all, thanks everyone for updating us and giving us all these information.

    I'm curious what you all think about the 90 seconds of the tracks.

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    1. I would say it's really interesting to keep tracking Cecilia's moves from the earlier music to the newer one and backwards and it's nice that we're able to have a look at the new album already now. But any prelistening has a major shortcoming: you can't draw a complete impression and thus have to guess and imagine what the rest looks like. Especially in case of the comparatively long arias presented here.
      What I personally like is the apparently comfortable tessitura for Cecilia.

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  4. I just love 'O placido il mare'! It reminds me of Händel's 'Sta nell'Ircana', Alcina, which I love very much, too.

    Looking so much forward to the rest of the CD!

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  5. Has anybody noticed that «O placido il mare» seems to be the first time Cecilia added an a capella variation in the da capo in a CD recording? Remember her «Son qual naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-a-a-ave» live and not such a stunning version on the CD. Or the duets with the trumpet.

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    1. Here's a video link about the new album. October seems too far away !
      http://www.lefigaro.fr/musique/2014/08/14/03006-20140814ARTFIG00018-cecilia-bartoli-un-nouvel-album.php . Alexandre

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    2. Thanks, it's beautiful..this lady is a genius ;)

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    3. Thanks for the link! I LOVE IT!! Koile

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    4. Many thanks for the last link. Cecilia is the best!

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    5. A marvel. Thank you.

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    6. Thanks Alexandre for the amazing discovery. Quite promising for the 1st and 7th of November at the TCE.
      Merci Alexandre pour cette fascinante découverte. Très prometteur pour les 1er et 7 novembre au TCE.

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    7. Gil, serez-vous au TCE le 1er, le 7 ou les deux ? Moi je serai aux deux bien que je n'aie pas encore reçu mon billet pour le 1er, vacances obligent, je pense.

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    8. Oui Dominique, j'y serai les deux fois et au premier rang, par la grâce de Santa Cecilia ! Je vous raconterai cette histoire rocambolesque, notamment pour ma réservation du 7 nov.

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    9. C'est normal Dominique, moi non plus je n'ai pas reçu mon billet du 1er! Patience!

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  7. NICE video, Cecilia swimming to St Petersburg ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8AjFdLJrT4 ).except that I am pretty sure the island in the back is Capri, so she's not in the Baltic and going the wrong way, direction Sicily. Baltic islands are not so barren.

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  8. Well, she does say it's a long way.

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  9. What about sharks? :-) I can hear the soundtrack of the "White Shark": dum-dum-dum-dum-dum :-)

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    1. Oh, to any shark coming by, Cecilia can sing 'Son qual naaaaaaaaaaave', and it will be as gentle as a puppy.

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  10. Qu'est-ce qu'elle raconte ? Qu'elle va nager comme ça du sud de la Corse jusqu'à Saint-Pétersbourg ?
    Quand aux requins, qu'ils s'éloignent, Cecilia n'est pas comestible pour eux !

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  11. Actually, in March 2012 Cecilia DID take a ship to St Petersburg ( find at www.gramilano.com ), from Lübeck in 3 days, in icy conditions. Valery Gergiev then suggested she'd sing Italian composers of the18th century in St Petersburg so she followed that suggestion. although not quite the ones he suggested.

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    1. P.S. Sergei reported this in his March 20, 2012 post here

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  12. An article of Austrian Newspaper 'Der Kurier'.

    Regarding 'St. Petersburg' she says, she could imagine singing Russian repertoire (for instance Michail Glinka ). She says, singing in Russian was difficult, but she hang to Mirella Freni, who said that learning Russian is impossible but achievable. So she did and feels closer to the Russian Soul. ((Does she really talk Russian now? Is there anything she can't do??))

    She says she can imagine recording another St. Petersburg CD, because there's so much she couldn't put on this one.

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  13. Just a hint: on Facebook you could listen to the whole track of Hermann Raupach "'O placido il mare' from Siroe, re di Persia". You have to visit Cecilia`s official FB representation.

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  14. Listen to "Idu na smert" from Raupach's "Altesta" in full length here (I hope the link to the German radio NDR Kultur from today about 6 p.m. will work)
    http://www.ndr.de/ndrkultur/programm/Prelistening-Die-Neue-CD-von-Cecilia-Bartoli,bartoli122.html

    Incredibly beautiful, Cecilia's voice breathtaking; it touches my heart like "Amami" (Steffani) and "Parto (Porpora).

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