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Bellini: Norma by Cecilia Bartoli

Song

"Mi chiami, o Norma!"

Cecilia Bartoli

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"Mi chiami, o Norma!"

Cecilia Bartoli

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Label: Decca
There are few more familiar operas than Norma, but this isn't your average recording of Bellini's warhorse. As suits mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli's style, there's a strong conceptual hook: The orchestration is pared back to period-accurate Classical dimensions (instead of the steroidally lush Romantic style). This makes for some fleeter orchestral texture, which is fun, but the real benefit is the space it gives Bartoli's precise technique. The other vocalists may not be on the star's level, but her intimate take on the iconic "Casta Diva" is gorgeous enough to justify the entire approach.

About This Album

There are few more familiar operas than Norma, but this isn't your average recording of Bellini's warhorse. As suits mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli's style, there's a strong conceptual hook: The orchestration is pared back to period-accurate Classical dimensions (instead of the steroidally lush Romantic style). This makes for some fleeter orchestral texture, which is fun, but the real benefit is the space it gives Bartoli's precise technique. The other vocalists may not be on the star's level, but her intimate take on the iconic "Casta Diva" is gorgeous enough to justify the entire approach.

Songs

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Disc 2

About This Album

There are few more familiar operas than Norma, but this isn't your average recording of Bellini's warhorse. As suits mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli's style, there's a strong conceptual hook: The orchestration is pared back to period-accurate Classical dimensions (instead of the steroidally lush Romantic style). This makes for some fleeter orchestral texture, which is fun, but the real benefit is the space it gives Bartoli's precise technique. The other vocalists may not be on the star's level, but her intimate take on the iconic "Casta Diva" is gorgeous enough to justify the entire approach.