Cecilia Bartoli and Maxim Vengerov: a Concert to Remember

Although the Carnal Hall is well over 100kms away from the winter campus, that did not prevent a group of Roséens from going to Rolle to hear one of the most eagerly awaited events in the Rosey Concert Hall season last week. On 17th January, the IMMA benefit concert saw Rosey’s resident orchestra with its musical director and certainly one of the world’s geatest violinists, Maxim Vengerov, joined by possibly the world’s foremost mezzo-soprano, Cecilia Bartoli. A packed hall had the privilege of hearing an extraordinary concert. Every piece was a highlight – from Vengerov’s lyrical interpretation of Bach’s A minor violin concerto to Bartoli’s remarkable performance of Mozart’s Esxultate, jubilate – but most memorable perhaps was the magical mingling of voice and violin obbligato in Vivaldi’s little known “sovvente il sole”. During the reception after the concert Cecilia Bartoli, a genuine star of the classical music world, showed just how little of an old-fashioned “diva” she is by taking the time to talk to appreciative and excited Rosey students with modesty and humour.