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L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra - songs by Hahn, Tosti, Cilea, Cesti, Respighi, et al. / Anna Caterina Antonacci, soprano; Donald Sulzen, piano

Album Summary

>Hahn, Reynaldo : Venezia, song cycle for voice & piano
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Quatro canzoni d'Amaranta, song cycle for voice & piano
>Cilèa, Francesco : Serenata ("Mormorante di tenero desio"), for voice & piano
>Cilèa, Francesco : Nel ridestarmi
>Cilèa, Francesco : Non ti voglio amar?, for voice & piano
>Refice, Licinio : Ombra di nube, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Cesti, Antonio : Intorno all'idol mio (soprano aria from opera "Orontea")
>Respighi, Ottorino : Quattro liriche
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : A Marechiare
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Anna Caterina Antonacci's enchanting recital entitled L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra (Dawn divides the light from the shadows) delves into a colourful landscape of French and Italian art song. She explores the rich tonal and emotional contrasts of works spanning almost three centuries, with deeply engaging interpretations throughout.

Antonacci is famed for her profound and vivid appearances both on the opera stage and recital platform, and this recording manages to capture her spellbinding, dramatic performance and her ability to give clear voice to the varied, ever-shifting psychological states portrayed through this emotional program.

BBC Music Magazine, March 2013
Antonacci and her scrupulous accmpanist Donald Sulzen, provide alert and imaginative accounts of all their material...Antonacci brings individuality to everything she sings, her colouristic range reinforcing her careful definition of text.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2012
Even without her magnetic stage presence, Antonacci presents a vivid 'face' in all she sings here...Antonacci's tone - fierily intense rather than especially rich - can sound a touch strained at climaxes. But she responds with quicksilver intelligence and empathy to the shifting emotional states of these yearning and/or disenchanted lovers...so gripping is Antonacci in everything she sings that it seems churlish to carp.

MusicWeb International, December 2012
If one wants to be pernickety one could possibly say that Antonacci's vibrato is sometimes over-generous and that she occasionally sounds slightly worn. Under some circumstances this could be quite serious criticism but with so expressive and life-enhancing a singer it hardly matters. This is a delightful programme, delightfully executed and with delightful accompaniments. I wish I had been there!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (12/05/2011).



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Works Details

>Hahn, Reynaldo : Venezia, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: Donald Sulzen (Piano); Anna Antonacci
  • Running Time: 14 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Quatro canzoni d'Amaranta, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: Donald Sulzen (Piano); Anna Antonacci
  • Running Time: 12 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1907
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Francesco Cilèa (1866 - 1950) : Serenata ("Mormorante di tenero desio"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Donald Sulzen (Piano); Anna Antonacci
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 18th Century
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Francesco Cilèa (1866 - 1950) : Nel ridestarmi
  • Performers: Donald Sulzen (Piano); Anna Antonacci
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 19th Century
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Francesco Cilèa (1866 - 1950) : Non ti voglio amar?, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Donald Sulzen (Piano); Anna Antonacci
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Refice, Licinio : Ombra di nube, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Donald Sulzen (Piano); Anna Antonacci
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Cesti, Antonio : Intorno all'idol mio (soprano aria from opera "Orontea")
  • Performers: Donald Sulzen (Piano); Anna Antonacci
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Respighi, Ottorino : Quattro liriche :: 4. Sopra un'aria antica
  • Performers: Donald Sulzen (Piano); Anna Antonacci
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : A Marechiare
  • Performers: Donald Sulzen (Piano); Anna Antonacci
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1870-1915
  • Studio/Live: Live