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Cecilia Bartoli, Maria, Orchestra 'La Scintilla', Adam Fischer (to be released October 16, 2007)
Juan Diego Flórez, Arias for Rubini, Orchestra 'La Scintilla', Adam Fischer (September 10, 2007)
Cecilia Bartoli has a way of sharing her passions. Basically every two years, she invites us, to our great pleasure, on a new voyage down unknown paths or others we thought we knew but that she illuminates with a new light. After Vivaldi, Gluck, Salieri, whom no one can still be unaware of why he is never performed, today she is bringing La Malibran back to life after, two years ago, revealing the period when opera was forbidden by Vatican authorities.Not much yet on the exact track list, but a rather unusual rendition of Casta Diva is the last track on this album. Each concert of Bartoli's European tour will be accompanied by a traveling exhibit of Malibran artifacts, mostly from Bartoli's collection, displayed in a bus. The Maria Malibran tour is scheduled for cities around Europe through December, including the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris (December 14 and 16). No word yet on whether she is arranging dates for North America, bus or no bus. Amazon has a promotional video excerpt, including a few excerpts from the CD over footage of Bartoli enthusing about Malibran, visiting Malibran's grave, and so on. An interview with Bartoli on German TV is embedded below.
Bartoli is not alone in this self-association with singers of previous eras. Besides the above-mentioned Fleming Homage and Andreas Scholl's Senesino, Juan Diego Flórez is also bringing out a new CD of arias associated with the early 19th-century tenor Giovanni Battista Rubini.
Cecilia Bartoli interviewed on Crescendo