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A sparkling duo: Cecilia Bartoli and Sol Gabetta

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A sparkling duo: Cecilia Bartoli and Sol Gabetta

A sparkling duo: Cecilia Bartoli and Sol Gabetta
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They are two of the most adventurous and captivating artists.

Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli and Argentinian cello virtuoso Sol Gabetta celebrate their friendship with a collection of Baroque masterpieces that showcase the stunning combination of voice and cello. They are accompanied by the period-instrument ensemble Capella Gabetta, led by Sol’s brother Andrés.

Musica was invited to the rehearsal at Munich’s Prince Regent Theatre.

We had wanted to do a project together for years and finally we found it: music written for the voice, the cello and the orchestra.
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano

“It’s a programme based mainly on the beauty of melancholy but also joy in the repertoire.”
Sol Gabetta, cellist

Inspired by the famous musical duels of the 18th century, the programme is entitled ‘Dolce Duello’ – a rather friendly contest of dazzling skill and virtuosity.

Working with a musicologist, the duo unearthed forgotten gems, including Antonio Caldara’s aria ‘Fortuna e speranza’.

It’s a very deep and melancholy aria. We are very aware of each other. “It feels like she starts a line and I resume the conversation. Then I sing my line and she picks up from where I left off.
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano

At that time the cello wasn’t seen as a solo instrument, but more as a continuous bass instrument. The cello was often used to create harmonic structure, to back a singer, for example. But in these arias there is much more of a dialogue and it’s the orchestra that supports us and that’s interesting for that period in time.

The cello is often described as the instrument that sounds most like the human voice...

I think it depends who is playing the cello.
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano

And it depends who’s singing, that’s for sure!
Sol Gabetta, cellist

When you talk about the cello’s voice, you’re talking about Sol’s voice. It’s the voice of her soul. The way she plays her instrument, it’s like she’s singing in the most sublime way. It’s deeply moving.
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano

I was very inspired by Cecilia’s voice. But it’s not just about being a good singer, having a nice voice or the right technique… It’s complex, it’s the whole universe that is her personality.
Sol Gabetta, cellist

When we play music together, live, it is always an unbelievable feeling!
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano

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