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Halevy: Clari / Bartoli, Zurich Opera, Fisher [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Halévy, Jacques : Clari
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

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Maria Malibran, like Pauline Viardot, was a daughter of the influential vocal pedagogue, Manuel García. In Halévy's obscure Clari, composed for Malibran in 1828, Cecilia Bartoli, in whose vocal "footprint" she follows like a third Garcia sister born into another time, revives a work that dazzles like she does. This first recording may resurrect Clari onto the stages of the world, since this captivating tragicomedy's beauties are floral, but unfading, in their allure. The story - an innocent suspected of infidelity by her fiancé - is familiar, but the score is wondrous treasure. Bartoli's Zürich Clari won unanimous hosannas. Zürich Opera's period instrument band La Scintilla contributes stylish support under Adam Fischer.

"Of course, as ever, we must bow down to la Ceci for locating this morsel and cranking the mighty wheels that have transformed it from score to show... It requires a mezzo of superhuman abilities and three good octaves to display... a number of spectacular arias. Step forward Cecilia Bartoli." -Intermezzo

"In the pit, the orchestra La Scintilla on period instruments renders the colors intended by the composer, illuminates this tenuous relationship between voice and instruments. Texture and balance are thereby regenerated. In the staging and cutting through the crackling fire, between innocence and truth of divine Bartoli, Clari could not find better rehabilitation." -Classiquenews.com

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Picture Format:
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: Italian, German, English, French, Spanish



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Works Details

>Halévy, Jacques : Clari
  • Performers: Oliver Widmer (Bass); Giuseppe Scorsin (Bass); John Osborn (Tenor); Eva Liebau (Soprano); Stefania Kaluza (Mezzo Soprano); Carlos Chausson (Bass-Baritone); Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Adám Fischer
  • Ensemble: Zurich Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1828