CECILIA BARTOLI (soprano), BRYN TERFEL (baritone) & MYUNG-WHUN CHUNG (conductor)
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
DECCA 458 928-2
reviewed by Neville Cohn
Bryn Terfel and Cecilia Bartoli have remarkable, indeed lustrous and well deserved, careers in a solo capacity. On DECCA, they bring their formidable – and delightful – talents to bear on duets by Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti. It’s a compendium of vocal marvels, singing of such finesse and beauty as to be almost beyond criticism in the conventional sense. Each produces the sort of feel-good, wrap-around vocal sound that is as rare as it is wonderful. And as a duo, the two are frankly sensational, a glorious union of timbres. And it comes across strongly that they ENJOY what they are doing and are as one in their intepretative purpose; there is for much of the time an exultant quality about their singing – and it communicates strongly. If you take pleasure from listening to first rate singers at the height of their powers, this is the CD for you. Myung-Whun Chung does sterling work presiding over the Orchestra dell’Accademia Mazionale di Santa Cecilia. Seemingly inspired by such astonishing vocal artistry, they deliver first rate accompaniments.