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Serenade - 19th century art songs by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Massenet, Gounod & Delibes / Jessica Pratt, coloratura soprano; Vincenzo Scalera, piano

Album Summary

>Massenet, Jules : Poème d'Amour
>Gounod, Charles : Sérénade, for voice & piano with harmonium or cello ad lib. ("Chantez, riez, dormez")
>Bachelet, Alfred : Chère Nuit, aria for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Dell'Acqua, Eva : Villanelle
>Delibes, Léo : Les Filles de Cadiz "Chanson Espagnole"
>Rossini, Gioachino : La separazione ("Muto rimase il labbro"), for voice & piano
>Rossini, Gioachino : Mi lagnerò tacendo, settings and album leaves for voice & piano
>Rossini, Gioachino : Addio ai Viennesi ("Da voi parto, amate sponde"), song for tenor & piano ("Addio di Rossini")
>Rossini, Gioachino : La fioraia fiorentina, for soprano & piano (Péchés de vieillesse, book 1), QR iv/5
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Sei ariette
>Bellini, Vincenzo : La ricordanza, sonetto for voice & piano
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Dolente immagine di figlia mia, for voice & piano
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Vaga luna, che inargenti, song for voice & piano
>Donizetti, Gaetano : La zingara, opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Nuits d'été à Pausilippe
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Una lagrima, for voice & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Winner of the prestigious Siola d'oro opera prize (2013) for coloratura sopranos, Jessica Pratt has been lauded for her gleaming sound, agility and lyrical grace (New York Times) and is one of today's most skilled bel canto singers. Her Serenade is a collection of art songs by some of the 19th century's greatest opera composers, showcasing the florid Italian style of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, prefaced by French lyricism from Massenet, Gounod and Delibes.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2016
Pratt's soprano has a very lively, glittering surface...pinpoint flickers of brilliance in Eva Dell'Acqua's 'Villanelle', a confident high E flat in Rossini's 'La fioraia fiorentina'.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014).



Reviews

Lovely recital of 19th century opera works!
This recording consists of arias by Massenet, Gounod, Bachelet, Dellacqua, Delibes, Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti, performed by soprano Jessica Pratt, accompanied by Vincenzo Scalera on piano. Ms. Pratt won the Siola doro opera prize in 2013 for coloratura sopranos, and it is easy to see why her warm and gently powerful voice helped her win that honor.

The disc opens with Massenet and Gounod, but where things really start to take off is in Dellacquas Villanelle, Delibes Les Filles de Cadix, and especially Rossinis aching La seperazione set to a poem about emotional loss. But Bellinis La ricordanza is just stunning (a sonnet by Carlo Pepoli in which the poet remembers his dead lover), and while Vaga luna che inargenti invokes the longings of distant love, the tone and feeling of this work definitely made this listener stop whatever he was doing and just pay attention to the piece kudos to Mr. Scalera for his subtle piano work and Ms. Pratt for amazing heartfelt vocals. Of the three Donizetti works, the first, (La Zingara) a delightful song about a fortune telling Gypsy girl, and the last, (Una lagrima) in which the poet asks God to ease his suffering and a tear to melt the ice in his heart, are the most captivating.

So how good is Ms. Pratt? Her vocals soar, and her pitch changes seem effortless. However, none of the works on this disc demonstrate the lightning fast coloratura quickness that I was also hoping to experience. Mr. Scalera proves to be a deft and talented accompanist, providing Ms. Pratt a pianistic partner to launch her amazing voice from while giving impressive character to each piece being performed. They have an amazing partnership, and it is a treat to hear them perform together.

The liner notes give the lyrics of each piece as well as a translation into English, and there is background material on Ms. Pratt, Mr. Scalera, and briefly the works themselves. This recording is on the Opus Arte label, and as a result this listener had high expectations and was not disappointed. Strongly recommended.

Submitted on 04/19/16 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Massenet, Jules : Poème d'Amour :: Ouvre tes yeux bleus
  • Performers: Jessica Pratt; Vincenzo Scalera (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Gounod, Charles : Sérénade, for voice & piano with harmonium or cello ad lib. ("Chantez, riez, dormez")
  • Performers: Jessica Pratt; Vincenzo Scalera (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bachelet, Alfred : Chère Nuit, aria for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Jessica Pratt; Vincenzo Scalera (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1897

>Dell'Acqua, Eva : Villanelle
  • Performers: Jessica Pratt; Vincenzo Scalera (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Delibes, Léo : Les Filles de Cadiz "Chanson Espagnole"
  • Performers: Jessica Pratt; Vincenzo Scalera (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Rossini, Gioachino : La separazione ("Muto rimase il labbro"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Jessica Pratt; Vincenzo Scalera (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1858

>Rossini, Gioachino : Mi lagnerò tacendo, settings and album leaves for voice & piano
  • Performers: Jessica Pratt; Vincenzo Scalera (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833-1850

>Rossini, Gioachino : Addio ai Viennesi ("Da voi parto, amate sponde"), song for tenor & piano ("Addio di Rossini")
  • Performers: Jessica Pratt; Vincenzo Scalera (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1822

>Rossini, Gioachino : La fioraia fiorentina, for soprano & piano (Péchés de vieillesse, book 1), QR iv/5
  • Performers: Jessica Pratt; Vincenzo Scalera (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Sei ariette :: no 5 Per pietá, bell'idol mio
  • Performers: Jessica Pratt; Vincenzo Scalera (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1829

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Sei ariette :: no 1 Malinconia, ninfa gentile
  • Performers: Jessica Pratt; Vincenzo Scalera (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1829

>Bellini, Vincenzo : La ricordanza, sonetto for voice & piano
  • Performers: Jessica Pratt; Vincenzo Scalera (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Dolente immagine di figlia mia, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Jessica Pratt; Vincenzo Scalera (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1821

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Vaga luna, che inargenti, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Jessica Pratt; Vincenzo Scalera (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1827-1835

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La zingara, opera
  • Performers: Jessica Pratt; Vincenzo Scalera (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1822

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Nuits d'été à Pausilippe :: no 1 Il barcaiolo
  • Performers: Jessica Pratt; Vincenzo Scalera (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1836-1840

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Una lagrima, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Jessica Pratt; Vincenzo Scalera (Piano)
  • Notes: Teatro della Fortuna, Fano (Marche), Italy (07/01/2014-07/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic