WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Il Salotto Vol 8 - Notturno - Music For The Night


Release Date: 03/14/2006 
Label:  Opera Rara   Catalog #: 235   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiVincenzo GabussiGaetano DonizettiGiovanni Pacini,   ... 
Performer:  Alastair MilesJaime MartinJennifer LarmoreBruce Ford,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Back Order: Usually ships in 2 to 3 weeks.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is yet another thoroughly welcome installment in Opera Rara's exploration of salon (for want of a better word) songs from the 19th century. Most of these are duets, half a dozen by Donizetti, all of them delightful. Some are for mezzo and tenor, some for soprano and tenor, some for mezzo and soprano, a couple for two tenors, and every so often a bass voice is thrown into the mix. There are four solos as well. The five voices are unique and blend handsomely: Larmore's fruity mezzo is dusky at the bottom and bright and aggressive at the top; Ford's tenor is robust, if a bit drier than previously; Kelly's tenor is smooth and less distinctive than Ford's but is agile and appealing; Miles' bass is authoritative and solid; and Read more Biccirè's soprano, chock-full of vibrato, has an appeal of its own.

Musical standouts are a trio by Manuel Garcia (Rossini's first Almaviva and father of Viardot and Malibran) for tenors and mezzo that will remind listeners of "La ci darem la mano", but quicker and more florid; a duet for Ford and Larmore by Rossini is Spanish flavored and has a witty piano part; a Bolero by Donizetti sung by Larmore is energetic and catchy; Bellini's "La ricordanza" for soprano uses the melody of "Qui la voce" from Puritani; a drinking song by Donizetti, "I bevatori" for Kelly and Larmore, is both perky and sensual; and Kelly and Miles mingle gracefully in another Donizetti duet, "L'alito di Bice".

Pianist Antoine Palloc is terrific, whether acting in a more involved Schubertian manner or just as a supporting voice. As suggested, the singers are just right for this material, neither oversinging nor condescending, and while Biccirè and Kelly may not be artists of the caliber of the other three (he veers from pitch; her sound is sometimes too wiry), this is still a delight. It may be light stuff, but it will grace your parlor for more than an hour while leaving no room for boredom.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Guarda che bianca luna by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Alastair Miles (Bass), Jaime Martin (Flute), Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano),
Bruce Ford (Tenor), Antoine Palloc (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1838; Italy 
2.
Il voto by Vincenzo Gabussi
Performer:  Patrizia Biccire (Soprano), Paul Austin Kelly (Tenor), Antoine Palloc (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
3.
L’alito di Bice by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Paul Austin Kelly (Tenor), Alastair Miles (Bass), Antoine Palloc (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
4.
Amore e innocenza by Giovanni Pacini
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Bruce Ford (Tenor), Antoine Palloc (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
5.
I sospiri by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Paul Austin Kelly (Tenor), Bruce Ford (Tenor), Antoine Palloc (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
6.
Amor, voce del cielo by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Bruce Ford (Tenor), Antoine Palloc (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
7.
La rimembranza by Carlo Coccia
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Antoine Palloc (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
8.
I bevitori by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Antoine Palloc (Piano), Paul Austin Kelly (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
9.
L'aurora by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Bruce Ford (Tenor), Alastair Miles (Bass), Antoine Palloc (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
10.
Una sera d'amore by Fabio Campana
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Antoine Palloc (Piano), Patrizia Biccire (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
11.
Uno sguardo ed una voce by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Paul Austin Kelly (Tenor), Bruce Ford (Tenor), Antoine Palloc (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
12.
La ricordanza by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Patrizia Biccire (Soprano), Antoine Palloc (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Italy 
13.
Il giuramento by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Patrizia Biccire (Soprano), Antoine Palloc (Piano), Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
14.
Se mi prestasse i vanni by Manuel Garcia
Performer:  Antoine Palloc (Piano), Bruce Ford (Tenor), Paul Austin Kelly (Tenor),
Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Classical 
15.
Venise by Vincenzo Gabussi
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Antoine Palloc (Piano), Patrizia Biccire (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
16.
Lŕ-bas, on nous appelle by Federico Ricci
Performer:  Bruce Ford (Tenor), Alastair Miles (Bass), Antoine Palloc (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
17.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 3 "Morceaux réservés": no 3, Les amants de Séville by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Antoine Palloc (Piano), Bruce Ford (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
18.
L’amante spagnuolo by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano), Antoine Palloc (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
19.
T'amai qual'aman gli angeli by Michael Costa
Performer:  Antoine Palloc (Piano), Bruce Ford (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
20.
Per valli, per boschi by Felice Blangini
Performer:  Patrizia Biccire (Soprano), Paul Austin Kelly (Tenor), Antoine Palloc (Piano)
Period: Romantic 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title