No Commentary Necessary — Vivaldi vs. Bartoli Edition

Every now and again, when I’m feeling particularly discouraged … or particularly buoyant … or sometimes for no reason at all, I hunt down this video. And marvel.

Amazing.

So amazing, in fact, that I’m at a loss to know what else one can say in the face of such exuberant and extraordinary ability. No commentary necessary, right?

A few weeks ago, I had the good fortune to sit in on a colleague’s class while he played this clip for his students. At its conclusion, they sat silent and transfixed for several seconds (which felt interminable) before bursting into sustained and boisterous applause.

…which is about the best commentary possible.

The entire concert — Cecilia Bartoli: Live in Italy — is available in full-HD glory from either Decca Classics or Netflix, and in significantly-reduced quality (and uncertain availability) from YouTube. Whatever its resolution, it is highly recommendable.

I don’t usually enjoy concert DVDs, because I find the “imposition” of images while I try to focus on the music distracting. But I make a definite exception in this case. It’s not that Miss Bartoli provides the definitive interpretation in every case (or even in most), or that the sound quality is particular excellent. It’s because she’s having far too much fun to ignore.

Oh, wait. I’m commentating, aren’t I? I’ll shut up now. Go and do thou watch and listen again.

About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, being amazed by his (currently) lone daughter, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Marvelous! She is amazing. I enjoyed that immensely.


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