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Il Salotto Vol 9 - Ora Divina - The Sublime Hour

Album Summary

>Mariani, Angelo : Ad un fiume, romanza for voice & piano
>Burghersh, Lord : Sì fiero dolore, canone for 4 voices & piano
>Campana, Fabio : Clair de lune, mélodie for voice & piano
>Vera, Edoardo : La tradita, aria for voice & piano
>Mercadante, Saverio : Ah, che nel dirti addio, for 4 voices & piano
>Balfe, Michael : The blighted flower, ballad for voice & piano
>Vera, Edoardo : Le ombre, for 3 voices & piano
>Vera, Edoardo : Mescetemi il vin (Brindisi), for voice & piano
>Offenbach, Jacques : L'étoile, song for voice & piano
>Carlini, Luigi : Cresci arboscel felice, for 3 voices & piano
>Benedict, Julius : Presso quel rio che piange, canzonetta for voice & piano
>Giuglini, Antonio : Il passato, for 2 voices & piano
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Aimer ma rose est la sorte de ma vie, romance for voice & piano
>Rubini, Giovanni Battista : La rose, for 2 voices & piano
>Campana, Fabio : Ora divina, for 2 voices & piano
>Unger, Caroline : L'addio, for voice & piano ("Mes adieux à Naples")
>Mariani, Angelo : La partenza, for voice & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Ora divina is the ninth volume of Opera Rara's acclaimed Il Salotto series. The songs featured on this disc explore the serious side of love. You will discover here the plaintive song "Ad un fiume" by Mariani, conductor turned composer and author of the Turkish National Anthem and the canon "fiero dolore," composed by Lord Burghersh (founder of the Royal Academy of Music, London). The music is bought to life by Diana Montague, Bruce Ford, Majella Cullagh and Mark Stone, a distinguished line-up of artists indeed. Michael Balfe, famous for his Victorian Ballads I dreamt in Marble Halls and Come into the garden Maud, muses on the themes of lost love and sullied virtue in his "the blighted flower." Offenbach's L'etoile, brilliantly sung by Elizabeth Vidal and accompanied by the distinguished cellist Susie Beer, shows that romance and love always come tinged with a hint of irony and nothing is ever quite what it seems. And, of course, there is the duet by Fabio Campana, sung by Diana Montague and Paul Austin Kelly, that gives this volume its title, Ora Divina, a meditation on love's overwhelming intensity. This disc is accompanied by a fully illustrated 72 page booklet with an introduction and notes to the songs by the distinguished writer, broadcaster and music journalist Patrick O'Connor.



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>Mariani, Angelo : Ad un fiume, romanza for voice & piano
  • Performers: David Harper (Piano); Bruce Ford (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Burghersh, Lord : Sì fiero dolore, canone for 4 voices & piano
  • Performers: Mark Stone (Voice); David Harper (Piano); Bruce Ford (Tenor); Majella Cullagh (Soprano); Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Campana, Fabio : Clair de lune, mélodie for voice & piano
  • Performers: David Harper (Piano); Elizabeth Vidal (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Vera, Edoardo : La tradita, aria for voice & piano
  • Performers: Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano); David Harper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mercadante, Saverio : Ah, che nel dirti addio, for 4 voices & piano
  • Performers: David Harper (Piano); Barry Banks (Tenor); Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano); Roland Wood (Voice); Majella Cullagh (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Balfe, Michael : The blighted flower, ballad for voice & piano
  • Performers: David Harper (Piano); Bruce Ford (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Vera, Edoardo : Le ombre, for 3 voices & piano
  • Performers: David Harper (Piano); Majella Cullagh (Soprano); Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano); Mark Stone (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Vera, Edoardo : Mescetemi il vin (Brindisi), for voice & piano
  • Performers: David Harper (Piano); Barry Banks (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : L'étoile, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: David Harper (Piano); Elizabeth Vidal (Voice); Susanne Beer (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Carlini, Luigi : Cresci arboscel felice, for 3 voices & piano
  • Performers: Roland Wood (Voice); Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano); Sine Bundgaard (Soprano); David Harper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.

>Benedict, Julius : Presso quel rio che piange, canzonetta for voice & piano
  • Performers: Paul Kelly (Tenor); David Harper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Giuglini, Antonio : Il passato, for 2 voices & piano
  • Performers: Majella Cullagh (Soprano); David Harper (Piano); Sine Bundgaard (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Aimer ma rose est la sorte de ma vie, romance for voice & piano
  • Performers: David Harper (Piano); Elizabeth Vidal (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Rubini, Giovanni Battista : La rose, for 2 voices & piano
  • Performers: David Harper (Piano); Bruce Ford (Tenor); Barry Banks (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Campana, Fabio : Ora divina, for 2 voices & piano
  • Performers: David Harper (Piano); Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano); Paul Kelly (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Unger, Caroline : L'addio, for voice & piano ("Mes adieux à Naples")
  • Performers: Majella Cullagh (Soprano); David Harper (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mariani, Angelo : La partenza, for voice & piano
  • Performers: David Harper (Piano); Bruce Ford (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic