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Julie Davies: Bellini Sei Ariette-No 2, Vanne, O Rosa Fortunata

Magazine article Gramophone

Julie Davies: Bellini Sei Ariette-No 2, Vanne, O Rosa Fortunata

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Julie Davies

Bellini Sei Ariette--No 2, Vanne, o rosa fortunata; No 5, Per pieta, bell'idol mio; No 6, Ma rendi pur contento. La farfalletta Liszt Three Petrarch Sonnets, S270a Schubert Four Canzonas, D688. Vedi quanto adoro ancora ingratoi, D510 Wagner Les adieux de Marie Stuart Julie Davies sop Charles Spencer pf Capriccio (F) C3003 (54' * DDD)

This is an unhackneyed programme of songs from a young American soprano, the latest in a series called 'Premiere Portraits'. The Petrarch Sonnets, composed in the late 1830s, are the ones that Liszt turned into the identically named set for piano, S158. 'La farfalletta', a three-stanza strophic canzoncina, was composed when Bellini was 12. The three Ariettas, from a set of six, are to words by the great 18th-century librettist Pietro Metastasio. 'Per pieta, bell'idol mio', with its move from minor to major, is slightly less anodyne than the other two.

Schubert wrote 'Vedi quanto adoro' as an exercise when he was studying with Salieri. In a scene from Metastasio's Didone abbandonata, Dido begs Aeneas not to leave her; the setting is suitably agitated. …

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