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Cecilia Bartoli is back, for Dolce Duello with Cappella Gabetta / stereophile

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Cecilia Bartoli is back. After far too long without a new "solo" recording venture, the phenomenal mezzo-soprano returned to the microphone this past March, three months before she turned 51, to record nine Dolce Duello (Sweet Duels) with the 1759 baroque cello of Sol Gabetta. Supported by Sol's ensemble, Cappella Gabetta, under the leadership of her violinist brother, Andrés Gabetta, the two women deliver one sweet delight after the other.

 

Nor does the album consist solely of baroque arias. After extended pieces by Albinoni, Gabrielli, Vivaldi, Handel, Caldara, and Porpora-the longest, the world premiere recording of Caldara's "Fortuna e speranza" from the 1722 opera, Nitocri, lasts over 10 minutes-comes the icing on the cake, Sol Gabetta and her ensemble performing Boccherini's Cello Concerto No.10 in D, G483, from 1782.

 

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