An Italian Songbook

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
For an operatic superstar, Cecilia Bartoli has invested an unusual amount of energy into the musicological pursuit of researching and then performing obscure repertoire, particularly of the Italian Baroque and Romantic eras. In this release, she brings to light songs by Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini, composers known almost exclusively for their operas. Each was a prolific song composer, but few of their works in this genre are known, and only a handful are published in modern editions. The songs represented here are mostly fairly simple strophic songs, but they reflect the same gift for melody and penchant for florid vocal display that ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
For an operatic superstar, Cecilia Bartoli has invested an unusual amount of energy into the musicological pursuit of researching and then performing obscure repertoire, particularly of the Italian Baroque and Romantic eras. In this release, she brings to light songs by Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini, composers known almost exclusively for their operas. Each was a prolific song composer, but few of their works in this genre are known, and only a handful are published in modern editions. The songs represented here are mostly fairly simple strophic songs, but they reflect the same gift for melody and penchant for florid vocal display that characterized their operas. In fact, many of these songs could be slipped into their operas without causing any sense of stylistic or aesthetic disruption. Among the most striking are Bellini's haunting "L'abbandono," Donizetti's boisterous "Me voglio fà 'na casa," Rossini's manic "La danza," and his profound and moving "A ma belle mère." Bartoli delivers the music with her characteristic gusto and full commitment, which, while it may not always result in technically immaculate performances, always packs a visceral punch. James Levine provides a chaste, subdued, and immaculate piano accompaniment. The sound is clear and clean, but seems just a little close.
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The transforming power of imagination is rarely shown so clearly.... From the very first bars it feels that something special among Bartoli’s many fine recordings have come into being here with these two distinguished artists in association.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/1997
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028945551326
  • Catalog Number: 455513

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aragonese, for voice & piano (Péchés de vieillesse, book 11), QR iv/44 - Gioachino Rossini & Cecilia Bartoli (3:30)
  2. 2 Vaga luna, che inargenti, song for voice & piano - Cecilia Bartoli & Vicenzo Bellini (4:02)
  3. 3 Il barcajuolo ("Voga, voga, il vento tace"), for voice & piano - Gaetano Donizetti & Cecilia Bartoli (2:47)
  4. 4 Ah, rammenta, o bella Irene, cavatina for voice & piano - Gaetano Donizetti & Cecilia Bartoli (5:38)
  5. 5 L'abbandono (L'ultima veglia), for mezzo-soprano & piano - Cecilia Bartoli & Vicenzo Bellini (4:16)
  6. 6 La passeggiata ("Or che di fiori adorno"), for voice & piano - Gioachino Rossini & Cecilia Bartoli (4:02)
  7. 7 Malinconia, ninfa gentile for voice & piano (6 ariette da camera) - Cecilia Bartoli & Vicenzo Bellini (1:16)
  8. 8 Amore e morte ("Odi d'un uom che muore"), arietta for voice & piano - Gaetano Donizetti & Cecilia Bartoli (3:28)
  9. 9 L'invito ("Vieni o Ruggiero"), song (bolero) for voice & piano (Soirées Musicales) - Gioachino Rossini & Cecilia Bartoli (3:31)
  10. 10 La conocchia ("Quann'a lo bello mio voho parlare"), song for voice & piano - Gaetano Donizetti & Cecilia Bartoli (2:19)
  11. 11 Il fervido desiderio, for voice & piano - Cecilia Bartoli & Vicenzo Bellini (2:35)
  12. 12 Torna vezzosa Fillide, for soprano & piano - Cecilia Bartoli & Vicenzo Bellini (7:53)
  13. 13 Vanne, o rosa fortunata, for voice & piano (6 ariette da camera) - Cecilia Bartoli & Vicenzo Bellini (2:06)
  14. 14 Dolente immagine di figlia mia, for voice & piano - Cecilia Bartoli & Vicenzo Bellini (3:15)
  15. 15 La farfalletta, song for voice & piano - Cecilia Bartoli & Vicenzo Bellini (2:01)
  16. 16 A ma belle mère (Requiem eternam), for piano in A major (Péchés de vieillesse, book 11), QR xi/58 - Gioachino Rossini & Cecilia Bartoli (2:58)
  17. 17 Per pietà, bell' idol mio, for voice & piano (6 ariette da camera) - Cecilia Bartoli & Vicenzo Bellini (2:03)
  18. 18 Amor marinaro ("Me voglio fà na casa"), canzonetta napoletana for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Gaetano Donizetti & Cecilia Bartoli (2:12)
  19. 19 L'esule ("Qui sempre ride in cielo"), for voice & piano (Péchés de vieillesse, book 3), QR iv/25 - Gioachino Rossini & Cecilia Bartoli (4:13)
  20. 20 La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano (Soirées musicales) - Gioachino Rossini & Cecilia Bartoli (3:08)
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James Levine Primary Artist, Piano
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