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Michael Scott Rohan
Gramophone, February 2002

"I greatly admired Cecilia Bartoli in her recent Viva Vivaldi! Recital... Bartoli also comes over very well in surround sound."

Joel Kasow
Fanfare, February 2002

"What strikes the spectator here is the enormous pleasure of the performer. Bartoli never left the stage and clearly enjoyed the work of her colleagues as much as her own contributions."

Jason Serinus
Seattle Weekly, 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."

CNNMoney, December 2001

"Viva Vivaldi! Is a no-nonsense recording of a public concert at the Theatre des Champs - Elysees. But given that it features Cecilia Bartoli in top florid form, it's no ordinary concert, and though there is some musical overlap with her best selling Vivaldi CD, fans will want the DVD too for the showstopping new numbers it offers from operas such as Tito Manlio and Griselda."

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