, December 2001
"This wonderfully produced surround-sound DVD conveys all the excitement and awesome musicianship that make mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli's performances so thrilling. Captured live at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in September 2000, the all-Vivaldi performance finds the mezzo and the Il Giardino Armonico original instrument ensemble in stunning form.
In the long-forgotten scores of Antonio Vivaldi (1678--1741), Bartoli has found music with expressive range that is a perfect match for her creative genius. Vivaldi's arias provide the singer countless opportunities to employ her unique shotgun coloratura technique, wealth of vocal color, interpretive insights, and infectious energy. Equally astounding is her range, which encompasses both the deep tones of the mezzo and the soaring freedom of a soprano.
Il Giardino Armonico provides perfect accompaniment. Conductor Giovanni Antonini is as visual as the mezzo, his thin body swaying and dancing with the music. Their partnership confirms Bartoli's place among the exalted singers of operatic history."