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Britten: Michelangelo Sonnets; Liszt: Petrarch Sonnets; Massenet, Gounod, Tosti et al. / Francesco Meli, piano

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> 7 Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op. 22 - No. 1. Sonetto XVI: Si come nella penna e nell'inchiostro
> 7 Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op. 22 - No. 2. Sonetto XXXI: A che piu debb'io mai l'intensa voglia
> 7 Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op. 22 - No. 3. Sonetto XXX: Veggio co' bei vostri occhi un dolce lume
> 7 Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op. 22 - No. 4. Sonetto LV: Tu sa' ch'io so, signior mie, che tu sai
> 7 Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op. 22 - No. 5. Sonetto XXXVIII: Rendete a gli occhi miei, o fonte o fiume
> 7 Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op. 22 - No. 6. Sonetto XXXII: S'un casto amor, s'una pieta superna
> 7 Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op. 22 - No. 7. Sonetto XXIV: Spirto ben nato, in cui si specchia e vede
> Manon - Manon, Act II: En fermant les yeux
> Romeo et Juliette - Romeo et Juliette, Act II: Ah! Leve-toi, soleil
> L'ultima canzone (version for voice and piano) - L'ultima canzone (version for voice and piano)
> Tristezza - Tristezza
> L'ultimo bacio - L'ultimo bacio
> Les soirees musicales - Les soirees musicales: No. 8. La danza, "Tarantella napoletana"
> Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 3: Morceaux reserves (text by E. Pacini) - Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 3: Morceaux reserves: No. 9. Romance, "Le sylvain"
> I Lombardi alla prima crociata - I Lombardi alla prima crociata, Act II: La mia letizia infondere
> Il Duca d'Alba (completed by M. Salvi) (Sung in Italian) - Il Duca d'Alba, Act IV: Angelo casto e bel (completed by M. Salvi) (Sung in Italian)
> 3 Sonetti di Petrarca, S270/1/R578a (1st version) - No. 1. Pace non trovo
> 3 Sonetti di Petrarca, S270/1/R578a (1st version) - No. 2. Benedetto sia 'l giorno
> 3 Sonetti di Petrarca, S270/1/R578a (1st version) - No. 3. I' vidi in terra angelici

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, for voice & piano, Op. 22
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Canzoni-stornelli (3)
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Tristezza for voice & piano/orchestra
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : L'Ultima Bacio for voice & piano/orchestra
>Rossini, Gioachino : La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano
>Rossini, Gioachino : Le sylvain ("Belles nymphes blondes"), for voice & piano (Peches de vieillesse, book 3), QR v/1
>Verdi, Giuseppe : I lombardi alla prima crociata
>Salvi, Matteo : Angelo casto e bel (in Donizetti's "Le duc d'Albe")
>Liszt, Franz : Sonetti di Petrarca (3), song cycle for voice & piano (I & II), S. 270 (LW N12)
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Notes & Reviews:

Francesco Meli is acclaimed for his mellifluous tenor in the French and Italian bel canto repertoire celebrated on this recital disc with songs and arias from Rossini to Massenet. Complementing these are song cycles by Liszt and Britten setting poems by two great figures of the Italian Renaissance, Michelangelo and Petrarch. Presenting the major singers of today and the stars of tomorrow, the Rosenblatt Recitals are London's only world-class season of opera recitals. 'People often say that the golden age of singing is dead. The Rosenblatt Recital Series is devoted to proving that bel canto - literally 'beautiful singing' in its broadest sense - is very much alive!' -Ian Rosenblatt



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>Britten, Benjamin : Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, for voice & piano, Op. 22
  • Performers: Francesco Meli (Tenor); Matteo Pais (Piano)
  • Notes: St John's, Smith Square, London (02/21/2009-02/24/2009); St Paul's Church, Woodland Road, New Southgate, London (02/21/2009-02/24/2009); St John's, Smith Square, London (03/09/2009); St Paul's Church, Woodland Road, New Southgate, London (03/09/2009)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: En fermant les yeux
  • Performers: Francesco Meli (Tenor); Matteo Pais (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Ah, lève-toi, soleil
  • Performers: Francesco Meli (Tenor); Matteo Pais (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Canzoni-stornelli (3)
  • Performers: Francesco Meli (Tenor); Matteo Pais (Piano)
  • Notes: St John's, Smith Square, London (02/21/2009-02/24/2009); St Paul's Church, Woodland Road, New Southgate, London (02/21/2009-02/24/2009); St John's, Smith Square, London (03/09/2009); St Paul's Church, Woodland Road, New Southgate, London (03/09/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1870-1915

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Tristezza for voice & piano/orchestra
  • Performers: Francesco Meli (Tenor); Matteo Pais (Piano)
  • Notes: St John's, Smith Square, London (02/21/2009-02/24/2009); St Paul's Church, Woodland Road, New Southgate, London (02/21/2009-02/24/2009); St John's, Smith Square, London (03/09/2009); St Paul's Church, Woodland Road, New Southgate, London (03/09/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : L'Ultima Bacio for voice & piano/orchestra
  • Performers: Francesco Meli (Tenor); Matteo Pais (Piano)
  • Notes: St John's, Smith Square, London (02/21/2009-02/24/2009); St Paul's Church, Woodland Road, New Southgate, London (02/21/2009-02/24/2009); St John's, Smith Square, London (03/09/2009); St Paul's Church, Woodland Road, New Southgate, London (03/09/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Rossini, Gioachino : La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Francesco Meli (Tenor); Matteo Pais (Piano)
  • Notes: St John's, Smith Square, London (02/21/2009-02/24/2009); St Paul's Church, Woodland Road, New Southgate, London (02/21/2009-02/24/2009); St John's, Smith Square, London (03/09/2009); St Paul's Church, Woodland Road, New Southgate, London (03/09/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1835

>Rossini, Gioachino : Le sylvain ("Belles nymphes blondes"), for voice & piano (Péchés de vieillesse, book 3), QR v/1
  • Performers: Francesco Meli (Tenor); Matteo Pais (Piano)
  • Notes: St John's, Smith Square, London (02/21/2009-02/24/2009); St Paul's Church, Woodland Road, New Southgate, London (02/21/2009-02/24/2009); St John's, Smith Square, London (03/09/2009); St Paul's Church, Woodland Road, New Southgate, London (03/09/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I lombardi alla prima crociata :: La mia letizia infondere
  • Performers: Francesco Meli (Tenor); Matteo Pais (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Salvi, Matteo : Angelo casto e bel (in Donizetti's "Le duc d'Albe")
  • Performers: Matteo Pais (Piano); Francesco Meli (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Liszt, Franz : Sonetti di Petrarca (3), song cycle for voice & piano (I & II), S. 270 (LW N12)
  • Performers: Francesco Meli (Tenor); Matteo Pais (Piano)
  • Notes: St John's, Smith Square, London (02/21/2009-02/24/2009); St Paul's Church, Woodland Road, New Southgate, London (02/21/2009-02/24/2009); St John's, Smith Square, London (03/09/2009); St Paul's Church, Woodland Road, New Southgate, London (03/09/2009)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1864