Cecilia Bartoli

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January 1970

Les Musiciens du Prince
Gianluca Capuano, conductor
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo soprano

Program and cast


Les Musiciens du Prince - Monaco
Gianluca Capuano, conductor
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano


Farinelli and his time

George Frederick Handel

Sinfonia from the opera "Rinaldo", HWV 7

Nicola Porpora

Vaghi amori. Aria of Imeneo from "La festa d'Imeneo"

Lontan dal solo e caro... Lusingato dalla speme. Aria des Aci from "Polifemo"

George Frederick Handel

"Entrée des songes funestes" from "Ariodante", HWV 33

Lascia la spina. Aria of the Piacere from "Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno", HWV 46

Johann Adolf Hasse

Sinfonia from "Marc' Antonio e Cleopatra"

Un sol tuo sospiro. Aria of Cleopatra from "Marc' Antonio e Cleopatra"

George Frederick Handel

V'adoro pupille. Aria of Cleopatra from "Giulio Cesare in Egitto", HWV 17

Da tempeste il legno infranto. Aria by Cleopatra from "Giulio Cesare in Egitto", HWV 17

John Frederick Fasch

Concerto for trumpet, two oboes and strings D major - 1st and 3rd movement

Nicola Porpora

Nobil onda. Aria by Adelaide from the opera of the same name

John Joachim Quantz

Concerto for flute and strings G major - 1st movement

Leonardo Leo

Qual farfalla. Aria des Decio from the opera "Zenobia in Palmira"

Leonardo Vinci

Cervo in bosco. Aria by Climaco from the opera "Il Medo"

Antonio Caldara

Sinfonia from "La morte d'Abel"

Quel buon pastor. Aria of Abel from "La morte d'Abel"

George Frederick Handel

Suite di danze from "Ariodante", HWV 33

Augelletti, che cantate. Aria of Almirena from "Rinaldo", HWV 7
What passion cannot Music raise and quell! Aria from "Ode for St. Cecilia's Day"


This building is located on Dumbastraße/Bösendorferstraße behind the Hotel Imperial near the Ringstraße boulevard and the Wien River, between Bösendorferstraße and Karlsplatz. However, since Bösendorferstraße is a relatively small street, the building is better known as being between Karlsplatz and Kärntner Ring (part of Ringstraße loop). It was erected as the new concert hall run by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, on a piece of land provided by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria in 1863. The plans were designed by Danish architect Theophil Hansen in the Neoclassical style of an ancient Greek temple, including a concert hall as well as a smaller chamber music hall. The building was inaugurated on 6 January, 1870. A major donor was Nikolaus Dumba whose name the Austrian government gave to one of the streets surrounding the Musikverein.

Great Hall - Golden Hall

“As high as any expectations could be, they would still be exceeded by the first impression of the hall which displays an architectural beauty and a stylish splendour making it the only one of its kind.” This was the reaction of the press to the opening of the new Musikverein building and the first concert in the Großer Musikvereinssaal on 6 January 1870.

The impression must have been overwhelming – so overwhelming that Vienna’s leading critic, Eduard Hanslick, irritatingly brought up the question of whether this Großer Musikvereinssaal “was not too sparkling and magnificent for a concert hall”. “From all sides spring gold and colours.”






Brahms Hall

"In order not to promise too much it can be said that it has been made into the most beautiful, most magnificent, perfect example of a chamber concert hall that any of us knows in the world.” This was the reaction of a Vienna daily newspaper in October 1993 as the Brahms-Saal was presented to the public after extensive renovation work.

The surprise was perfect. It was a completely new hall. In contrast to the Grosse Musikvereinssaal, the Brahms-Saal had changed its appearance quite considerably over the years. When and how it acquired that slightly melancholy duskiness that was known to music lovers before 1993 cannot be precisely documented.




Glass Hall

As a venue for events from concerts to luxury banquets, the Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium is not only the largest of the Musikverein's 4 new halls but also the most flexible in terms of usage.

Hub podiums enable the smooth transformation of the concert hall into a conference centre, the cinema into a ballroom, or the stage into a catwalk. State-of-the-art equipment for sound, lighting, video and widescreen digital projection provide the ideal conditions for half-scenic productions.
The Glass Hall / Magna Auditorium was designed by the Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer. With a height of 8 metres, the hall (including the gallery) can play host to up to 380 visitors.

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