Cecilia and Bryn

Cecilia and Bryn at Glyndebourne is the DVD recording of a concert from 1999 featuring two of those singers who prove you don’t have to be dead skinny to be a great singer and have a commanding stage presence.  It’s great fun, focussing on the lighter end of the repertoire for the most part.  It’s mostly Mozart with some Rossini, Donizetti, Haydn and Handel thrown in.  There are a couple of overtures and a few arias but the greatest pleasure comes in the duets.  For the second time in a week I got to see Lá ci darem la mano sung by singers of extremely contrasting heights and where else is one going to see Mr. Terfel and Ms. Bartoli sing the Pa-pa-pa-pa duet from Die Zauberflöte.  As ever Ceci’s coloratura is a thing of wonder and Bryn is no slouch.  The accompaniment is ably provided by Myung-Whun Chung and the London Philharmonic.  It’s the perfect antidote to a week of watching Wozzeck.

1.hatThe picture and sound quality on the DVD are perfectly adequate and there’s nothing for Brian Large to mess up in the video direction department.  The version I saw is a typical bare bones Kultur package with only English and French subtitles and minimal documentation.  It’s been rereleased as an Opus Arte Blu-ray which maybe a little more opulent.

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2 thoughts on “Cecilia and Bryn

  1. Did you know about the CD they did together? It looks like it’s the same repertoire: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=1187
    I got sucked in to buying when I heard it playing in the music shop I was in. Their vocal performances are so full of character that it lifts the recording way above the norm for this type of album (which I normally wouldn’t buy. But it’s Bryn! And Cecilia!)

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