Mission by Cecilia Bartoli
Autumn 2012 marks the release of Mission, a sensational release from the world's best-selling classical artist Cecilia Bartoli and a project with international politics, religious conflict, diplomatic secrecy, spying and sensational music at its heart.
Following the exceptional artistic and commercial success of 2009's Sacrificium (which earned Cecilia her fifth Grammy award), Cecilia Bartoli now turns to the early baroque period for the first time in her recording career and uncovers a treasure of beautiful music in an album almost entirely composed of world premiere recordings.
The album showcases the music of little-known Italian composer Agostino Steffani (1654-1728), and will include solo arias of various moods and styles, several duets, solo numbers with chorus - all sung in Italian - and instrumental interludes that create an organic transition from one piece to the next and an arc that reaches from the beginning to the end of the album.
Steffani's story is mysterious at the very least: his name is largely absent from studies of Italian music despite holding senior court positions during his lifetime and contemporary accounts acknowledging him as "one of the greatest opera composers of the period and the acknowledged master of the vocal duet" (Colin Timms, author of the booklet note).
Such was the appeal of the project that longtime Bartoli admirer and global best-selling author Donna Leon decided to write a mystery novel, The Jewels of Paradise, to accompany Cecilia's album, which uses the mystery surrounding the composer's story as the center of its plot. The Jewels of Paradise will be released simultaneously with Cecilia Bartoli's album in English (UK and USA), German, French, Dutch, Spanish and Catalan.
Among the distinguished names appearing on Mission is star French counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky who features in a first-time collaboration with Cecilia on a selection of duets, alongside the Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, the period orchestra "I Barocchisti" from Lugano, Switzerland, and conductor Diego Fasolis.
A cinematic vision of the album directed by Olivier Simonnet and filmed in the historic Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) and in the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles will be available on DVD and for TV broadcast later this year.
1. Schiere invitte, non tardate
2. Ogni core può sperar
3. Ove son? Chi m'aita? In mezzo all'ombre...Dal mio petto
4. Più non v'ascondo
5. Amami, e vederai
6. A facile vittoria
7. Tra le guerre e le vittorie
8. Foschi crepuscoli
9. Dell'alma stanca a raddolcir le tempre...Sfere amiche, or date al labbro
10. La cerasta più terribile
11. Serena, o mio bel sole...Mia fiamma...Mio adore
12. T'abbraccio, mia Diva...Ti stringo, mio Nume
13. Mie fide schiere, all'armi!...Suoni, tuoni, il suolo scuota
14. Sposa, mancar mi sento...Deh non far colle tue lagrime
15. Non prendo consiglio
16. Si, si, riposa, o caro...Palpitanti sfere belle
17. Notte amica al cieco Dio
18. "Combatton quest'alma
19. Dal tuo labbro amor m'invita
20. Deh stancati, o sorte
21. Svenati, struggiti, combatti, suda
22. Padre, s'e colpa in lui
23. Timori, ruine
24. Morirò fra strazi e scempi
25. Non si parli che di fede
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