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Rossini: Songs / Delunsch, Larmore, Wyn-rogers, Brownlee

Rossini / Delunsch / Larmore / Brownlee
Release Date: 01/12/2010 
Label:  Opera Rara   Catalog #: 247   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Malcolm MartineauLawrence BrownleeJennifer LarmoreCatherine Wyn-Rogers,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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ROSSINI Songs—Il Salotto, Vol. 13 Mireille Delunsch (sop); Jennifer Larmore, Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mez); Lawrence Brownlee, Mark Wilde (ten); Brindley Sherratt (bs); Geoffrey Mitchell Ch; Malcolm Martineau (pn); Nicholas Bosworth (harmonium) OPERA RARA ORR 247 (78:17 Text and Translation)


Rossini as composer of both vocal and piano “trifles” has long been a favorite, from the time I acquired a Nonesuch LP in the late 1950s with a fascinating collection of songs, duets, and Read more choruses. Opera Rara’s latest addition to its Salotto series is a welcome reminder of Rossini’s talent even in smaller-scale works. He himself labeled them “Sins of My Old Age,” denigrating them in mock fashion. Lawrence Brownlee is no stranger to this repertoire; his 2004 recital on the EMI Début series already included Rossini songs, including “L’Esule,” and we can now hear how he has refined his interpretation. “Le Sylvain” captures the rustic element of a Pan-like figure, while the wonderful duet “Les Amants de Séville” teams him with Jennifer Larmore, who is far from the shy maiden that she portrayed in her early ’90s recording on the Arabesque label with John Aler. One might question the childlike tone adopted by Larmore for “La Chanson du bébé,” but she does not overdo it so that the result does not cloy. Mireille Delunsch makes her début on the label and her Frenchness is most welcome, in solo or duet, the yodeling duet (“Le Départ des promis”) with the otherwise dour Catherine Wyn-Rogers but one of many highlights. Wyn-Rogers takes the “Chanson de Zora” at a leaden pace, making it a lament rather than a commentary. The Geoffrey Mitchell Choir does itself proud in the “Toast pour le nouvel an” as well as the “Chant des Titans,” while Brindley Sherratt enlivens the quartet “Ridiamo, cantiamo che tutto sen va” alongside Larmore, Brownlee, and Marc Wilde. Malcolm Martineau opens the proceedings with the “Danse Sibérienne” and continues to provide lively accompaniments. Excellent notes by Richard Osborne can be supplemented by the sheet music available on the Opera Rara Web site.


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Works on This Recording

1. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 12 "Quelques riens pour album": no 12, Un rien - Danse sibérienne by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
2. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 3 "Morceaux réservés": no 9, Le Sylvain by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 3 "Morceaux réservés": no 3, Les amants de Séville by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Voice), Lawrence Brownlee (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 2 "Album français": no 7, Le dodo des enfants by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 11 "Miscellanée de musique vocale": no 2, La chanson du bébé by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
6. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 2 "Album français": no 10, Soupirs et sourires by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee (Voice), Mireille Delunsch (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
7. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 3 "Morceaux réservés": no 6, Le chant des titans by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Nicholas Bosworth (Harmonium)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
8. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 3 "Morceaux réservés": no 8, Au chevet d'un mourant by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
9. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 11: no 1, Ariette villageoise by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Mireille Delunsch (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
10. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 3 "Morceaux réservés": no 2, L'Esule by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
11. Compositions nouvelles (2): no 1, A Grenade by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1860; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
12. Ridiamo, cantiamo, che tutto sen va by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Brindley Sherratt (Voice), Lawrence Brownlee (Voice), Mark Wilde (Voice),
Jennifer Larmore (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
13. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 3 "Morceaux réservés": no 7, Preghiera by Gioachino Rossini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
14. Addio ai viennesi "Da voi parto, amate sponde" by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
15. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 3 "Morceaux réservés": no 12, Tyrolienne sentimentale "Le départ des promis" by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Mireille Delunsch (Voice), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
16. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 2 "Album français": no 5, Chanson de Zora "La petite bohémienne" by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
17. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 2 "Album français": no 6, La nuit de Noël by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Nicholas Bosworth (Harmonium), Brindley Sherratt (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
18. Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 2 "Album français": no 1, Toast pour le nouvel an by Gioachino Rossini
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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