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Cecilia Bartoli - St. Petersburg

Decca has announced the release of Cecilia Bartoli’s new album ‘Cecilia Bartoli·St Petersburg’ Research in the Mariinsky Archives in St Petersburg by the best-selling mezzo-soprano has resulted in a collection that includes no fewer than 11 world-premiere recordings. The collection focuses on a golden age for opera during the 18th century as three successive empresses (or tsaritsas) looked to Italy to bring the all-but-unknown form of opera to their courts at St Petersburg. Anna Ioannovna (Peter the Great’s niece, 1730–40), Elizaveta Petrovna (Elizabeth, 1741–62) and Catherine II (better known as Catherine the Great, 1762–96) looked west and south to draw on the culture of Europe, and they did it with style!

As well as Cimarosa, who spent four years in St Petersburg, the composers represented include Francesco Araia (the first composer to have an opera performed in Russia), Hermann Friedrich Raupach, Vincenzo Manfredini, Domenico Dall’Oglio and Luigi Madonis. The album will be the first time Cecilia Bartoli has sung in Russian (there are two arias in Russian on the recording).

Cecilia Bartoli has won six Gramophone Awards and has sold over ten million units..

Accompanied by the characterful and energetic period-instrument ensemble I Barocchisti, under the direction of Diego Fasolis, she offers a selection that showcases her impeccable coloratura technique as well as her ability to spin seemingly endless legato lines in an expressive, quietly gleaming mezza voce.
10/25/2014 --The New York Times

This is a triumph for Bartoli and a triumph for Decca, locally supporting its super-diva in yet another fascinating project, lavishing it with a beautifully produced book, excellently documented and illustrated --International Record Review

St Petersburg is a thing of beauty that collectors, as well as Bartoli fans, will want to own --The Sunday Times

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