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Cecilia Bartoli is not considered a specialist in Baroque performance practice, but her interest in the vocal literature of the late Baroque is rapidly turning her into one. This recording is of arias composed for castrato singers, i.e. men whose childhood voices showed enough promise that they were castrated to prevent puberty and an unwelcome change in voice. These singers underwent rigorous vocal/musical training, and the music composed for them shows it. Bartoli's voice and musicianship easily negotiate the pyrotechnical displays necessary to put this music across. Stunning performances, and accompanied by the equally virtuosic il Giardino Armonico, Italy's foremost period-instrument orchestra. Booklet includes disturbing images of Bartoli's head and shoulders morphed onto the marble statue of an androgynous nude, in keeping with the album title. Also includes excellent essay, compete texts and translations.
Breathtaking, rare selections - Miss Bartoli's voice is perfectly suited for these stunning works.
Stunning, breathtaking, priceless!
When I first listened to this album, it took my breath away. You've got to listen to it to believe it. This is true music that was left waiting to be uncovered for 250 years, originally written for castrati - something now banned. This is a treasure trove of music that will delight any classical music lover. Bartoli's voice is absolutely stunning and dynamic, spanning close to three ranges. This is unlike anything heard ever before. An absolute gem of an album, a true stunner in all aspects!
Born: June 4, 1966 in Rome, Italy
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s