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Pauline Viardot (1821-1910): Melodies / Elisa Triulzi, piano; Marina Comparato, mezzo-soprano

Audio Samples

  1. Viardot — Mazurkas, Op. 50: Mazurka No. 2 in A-Flat Major "Seize ans" (Arr. Viardot) $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Viardot — Mazurkas, Op. 33: Mazurka No. 2 in D Major "Aime-moi" (Arr. Viardot) $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Viardot — Mazurkas, Op. 7: Mazurka No. 1 in B-Flat Major "Coquette" (Arr. Viardot) $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Viardot — Mazurkas, Op. 24: Mazurka No. 1 in G Minor "Séparation" (Arr. Viardot) $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Viardot — Mazurkas, Op. 6: Mazurka No. 4 in E-Flat Minor "La fête" (Arr. Viardot) $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Viardot — Mazurkas, Op. 7: Mazurka No. 3 in F Minor "Faible coeur" (Arr. Viardot) $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Viardot — Mazurkas, Op. 24: Mazurka No. 2 in C Major "La jeune fille" (Arr. Viardot) $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Viardot — Mazurkas, Op. 33: Mazurka No. 3 in C Major "Berceuse" (Arr. Viardot) $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Viardot — Mazurkas, Op. 50: Mazurka No. 1 in G Major "La Danse" (Arr. Viardot) $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Viardot — Mazurkas, Op. 67: Mazurka No. 1 in G Major "La Beauté" (Arr. Viardot) $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Viardot — Six mélodies: V. Madrid $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Viardot — Canzonetta de concert (arr. Viardot) $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Viardot — Album de chant pour 1850: I. Solitude $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Viardot — Album de chant pour 1850: II. La petite chevrière $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Viardot — Album de chant pour 1850: IV. Un jour de printemps (Caprice) $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Viardot — Album de chant pour 1850: V. Villanelle $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Viardot — Album de chant pour 1850: VI. En mer $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Viardot — Album de chant pour 1850: VII. La chanson de Loïc $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Viardot — Album de chant pour 1850: VIII. Marie et Julie $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Viardot — Album de chant pour 1850: IX. La luciole $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Viardot — Album de chant pour 1850: X. Tarentelle $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Viardot, Pauline : Mazurkas (12) for soprano, mezzo-soprano & piano (After Chopin)
>Viardot, Pauline : Madrid, for voice & piano
>Viardot, Pauline : Canzonetta de Concert, for voice & piano (After Chopin)
>Viardot, Pauline : Album de Chant pour 1850, for voice & piano (after Chopin)
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Notes & Reviews:

Daughter of the famous tenor García, himself a favorite of Gioachino Rossini, Pauline Viardot was originally destined to become a pianist (and was at one time tutored by Liszt) before the deaths of her father and singer-sister saw her re-trained as a mezzo-soprano by her mother. In 1839 she made her operatic debut in London, subsequently achieving renown on the concert and operatic stages of Great Britain, Germany and Russia in particular. Among her admirers in St Petersburg was the young Ivan Turgenev, later to become the best-known author of his country in Europe and North America. Viardot's place in the history books is not down to vocal prowess alone, for she was also a keen composer, writing in various genres and languages throughout her adult life. Unsurprisingly it is the song that dominates the majority of her output, and Viardot also included as part of her oeuvre arrangements for voice of instrumental works - the most famous being those based on Chopin's Mazurkas, which we know she performed in concert together with the composer at least one occasion. In addition to the Canzonetta de Concert, now thought to be based on a string quartet by Roman Hoffstetter, the release includes the 10 mélodies par Pauline Viardot - her second collection of étrennes (then-fashionable New Year presents for music lovers) in which she explores rhythmic and other elements of verse, mainly by French poets unknown today. Viardot never forgot her Spanish roots, however, as 'Caña española' and Madrid (No.5 from her 1887 album) attest. Figures with whom her illustrious career brought her into contact are also acknowledged - Meyerbeer and Berlioz are among the dedicatees in 10 mélodies. Other information: Recorded: December 2012, Auditorium Matteo d'Acquasparta, Acquasparta (Terni, Italy). Booklet includes liner notes, biographies; the sung texts are available on the Brilliant Classics website.

MusicWeb International, 6th October 2014
Comparato is rich-toned and warmly passionate - well up to the demands of these songs...The recording too, although it could ideally have done with a little more air around the sound, is perfectly adequate; and the piano, deftly treated by Elisa Triulzi, is well in the picture. This is a most welcome release.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Comparato and Triulzi perform her Chopin Mazurka arrangements, the Canzonetta de Concert (the original piece a string quartet now attributed to Roman Hoffstetter) from her 1850 publication, and one excerpt, 'Madrid', from the 1887 publication, with great style. The two (joined by Rubini for two duets) are a terrific pair; Comparato's voice is gold and she sings with impeccable line. The occasional coloratura is precise but not cold. I could listen to her sing all day. Triulzi's playing is just as warm and clear. Great recording of a worthy composer whose music rarely makes it to the concert stage. Texts and translations available online.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium Matteo d'Acquasparta, Acquasparta, Terni, It (12/2012).



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>Viardot, Pauline : Mazurkas (12) for soprano, mezzo-soprano & piano (After Chopin)
  • Performers: Marina Comparato (Mezzo Soprano); Elisa Triulzi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Viardot, Pauline : Madrid, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Marina Comparato (Mezzo Soprano); Elisa Triulzi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Viardot, Pauline : Canzonetta de Concert, for voice & piano (After Chopin)
  • Performers: Marina Comparato (Mezzo Soprano); Elisa Triulzi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Viardot, Pauline : Album de Chant pour 1850, for voice & piano (after Chopin)
  • Performers: Marina Comparato (Mezzo Soprano); Elisa Triulzi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic