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'Perfido!' Beethoven Ah! Perfido, Op 65

Magazine article Gramophone

'Perfido!' Beethoven Ah! Perfido, Op 65

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'Perfido!'

Beethoven Ah! perfido, Op 65. No, non turbati ... Ma tu tremi, o mio tesoro?, Wo092a Haydn Scena di Berenice, HobXXIVa: 10. Solo e pensoso, HobXXIVb>:20 Mozart Ah, lo previdi ... Ah, t'invola agl'occhi miei, K272. Basta, vincesti. Ah, non lasciarmi, no, K486a/295a. Bella mia fiamma ... Resta, o cara, K528. Oh, temerario Arbace ... Per quel paterno amplesso, K79 Sophie Bevan sop The Mozartists / Ian Page

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All three composers represented here were active in opera but these scenes and arias were composed as stand-alone works and represent a side of each man's activities that doesn't so often get an outing. The music ranges from the child Mozart, based in London in 1764-65, to Haydn, also in London three decades later, and Beethoven, in perhaps the most famous of these scenas.

Although divorced from their operatic settings, there is still drama to be divined in these works, and Sophie Bevan doesn't sell any of them short. She is, of course, hugely experienced in the music of this period and brings a characteristically vivid intensity to each piece, tempered by an endearing touch of breathiness in the voice. …

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