Cecilia Bartoli presents a brand new album of arias by Antonio Vivaldi, two decades after her ground-breaking ‘Vivaldi Album’, which sold over 700k copies.
On this latest Decca album simply titled Antonio Vivaldi, Bartoli is joined by Bartoli is joined by French baroque experts Ensemble Matheus conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi.
The original Vivaldi Album was a seminal event, launching a substantial revival of Vivaldi’s long dismissed operas. It set a standard for classical concept albums and paved the way for similarly trailblazing releases, including the Italian arias of Christoph Willibald Gluck, the legendary castrati (on the album ‘Sacrificium’) and Bartoli’s personal 19th-century hero, the mezzo-soprano Maria Malibran.
In the 20 years since that recording, Cecilia Bartoli has recorded little additional music by Vivaldi, making her return to this composer with a new album a true event.
The tracks:  ‘Se lento ancora il fulmine’ from Argippo/  ’Sol da te, mio dolce amore’ from Orlando furioso/  ‘Ah fuggi rapido’ from Orlando furioso/ ‘Vedrò con mio diletto’ from Il Giustino/ ‘Quell’augellin che canta’ from La Silvia/ ‘Leggi almeno tiranna infedele’ from Ottone/ ‘Solo quella guancia’ from La verità in cimento/ ‘Sovente il sole’ from Andromeda liberata/ ‘Combatta un gentil cor’ from Tito Manlio/  ‘Se mai senti spirarti sul volto’ from Catone in Utica