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Rossini In Venice / Baird, Gratis, Urrey, Hougham, Willis


Release Date: 08/27/2002 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 530   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Brad HoughamJulianne BairdFrederick UrreyLorie Gratis,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rossini cherished a lifelong fondness for Venice, the scene of his first operatic triumphs. During long years of "retirement" (he composed his last opera, Guillaume Tell in 1829 at the age of 37), he led a restless existence, leaving Paris in 1836 for Milan, Bologna, and Florence, until finally embracing Paris for good in 1855. Only there, it seems, could his muse express herself through the intimate genres of the solo song and the small piano piece. Except for a certain feline aria - which is exceptional in every way - all the works on this program come from two Parisian collections: the 1835 Soirees musicales with its eight solo songs and four duets, and the Peches de vieillesse ("Sins of old age"), with its thirteen volumes of songs, Read more vocal ensembles and piano pieces composed after 1856. So here we have the superb American soprano Julianne Baird and some of her friends, accompanied by the fortepianist Andrew Willis, performing a delightful program of Venetian barcarolles, love duets, ensembles and gondolier songs, all by Rossini. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 1 "Album italiano": no 1, I gondolieri by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Brad Hougham (Baritone), Julianne Baird (Soprano), Frederick Urrey (Tenor),
Lorie Gratis (Mezzo Soprano), Andrew Willis (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Language: Italian 
2.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 1 "Album italiano": no 8-10, La regata veneziana (3 canzonette) by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Andrew Willis (Fortepiano), Julianne Baird (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Language: Italian 
3.
Les soirées musicales: no 9, La regata veneziana by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Andrew Willis (Fortepiano), Lorie Gratis (Mezzo Soprano), Julianne Baird (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1830-1835; Italy 
Language: Italian 
4.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 12 "Quelques riens pour album": no 24, Un rien sur le mode enharmonique by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Andrew Willis (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
5.
Les soirées musicales: no 7, La gita in gondola by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Lorie Gratis (Mezzo Soprano), Andrew Willis (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1830-1835; Italy 
Language: Italian 
6.
Duetto buffo di due gatti by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Julianne Baird (Soprano), Lorie Gratis (Mezzo Soprano), Frederick Urrey (Tenor),
Brad Hougham (Baritone), Andrew Willis (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
7.
Les soirées musicales: no 8, La danza by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Frederick Urrey (Tenor), Andrew Willis (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1830-1835; Italy 
Language: Italian 
8.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 1 "Album italiano": no 2, La lontananza by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Frederick Urrey (Tenor), Andrew Willis (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Language: Italian 
9.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 3 "Morceaux réservés": no 2, L'Esule by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Julianne Baird (Soprano), Andrew Willis (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Language: Italian 
10.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 5 "Pour les enfants adolescents": no 9, La lagune de Venise by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Andrew Willis (Fortepiano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Paris, France 
11.
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 1 "Album italiano": no 12, La passeggiata by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Andrew Willis (Fortepiano), Julianne Baird (Soprano), Frederick Urrey (Tenor),
Brad Hougham (Baritone), Lorie Gratis (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 
Language: Italian 
12.
Les soirées musicales: no 11, La serenata by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Frederick Urrey (Tenor), Andrew Willis (Fortepiano), Julianne Baird (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1830-1835; Italy 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 1: Album italiano: No. 1. Quartettino, "I gondolieri"
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 1: Album italiano (La regata veneziana): No. 8. Anzoleta avanti la regata
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 1: Album italiano (La regata veneziana): No. 9. Anzoleta co passa la regata
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 1: Album italiano (La regata veneziana): No. 10. Anzoleta dopo la regata
Les soirees musicales: No. 9. La regata veneziana
Un rien
Les soirees musicales: No. 11. La serenata
Les soirees musicales: No. 7. La gita in gondola
Quartetto buffo di gatti
Les soirees musicales: No. 8. La danza, "Tarantella napoletana"
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 1: Album italiano (La regata veneziana): Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 1: Album italiano: No. 2. Arietta, "La lontananza"
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 3: Morceaux reserves: No. 2. Arietta, "L'esule"
Peches de vieillesse, Vol. 5: Album pour les enfants adolescents: No. 9. La lagune de Venise a l'expiration de l'annee
La passeggiata

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