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OA 9019

Britten: Michelangelo Sonnets/Liszt: Petrarch Sonnets

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2013

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

Matteo Pais

- (piano)

Francesco Meli

- (tenor)

Venue:

St John's Smith Square, London


New Southgate, London

9 March 2009

Producer:

Simon Kiln


Simon Weir



Engineer:

Simon Kiln


Morgan Roberts



Record Label
Opus Arte

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Piano

Total Time - 72:04
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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

   
 

Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo Op.22

 
1 Sì come nella penna (Sonnet XVI) 2:08
2 A che più debb'io (Sonnet XXXI) 1:20
3 Veggio co' bei vostri occhi (Sonnet XXX) 3:25
4 Tu sa ch'io so (Sonnet LV) 2:01
5 Rendete agli occhi miei (Sonnet XXXVIII) 1:50
6 S'un casto amor (Sonnet XXXII) 1:15
7 Spirto ben nato (Sonnet XXIV) 5:19
   
 

JULES MASSENET

8 

En fermant les yeux (Manon) *

4:09
   
 

CHARLES GOUNOD

9 

Ah, lève-toi, soleil (Faust) *

4:25
   
 

PAOLO TOSTI

10 

L'ultima canzone

4:05
11 

Tristezza

3:53
12 

L'ultimo bacio

2:15
   
 

GIOACCHINO ROSSINI

13 

La danza (No.8 from Soirées musicales)

2:53
14 

Le sylvain (from Péchés de vieillesse Vol.3 No.9)

6:22
   
 

GIUSEPPE VERDI

15 

La mia letizia infondere

1:56
  (I lombardi alla prima crociata) *  
 

GAETANO DONIZETTI/ MATTEO SALVI

16 

Angelo casto e bel

4:53
  (Le Duc d'Albe) *  
 

FRANZ LISZT

 

Tre sonetti del Petrarca

 
17 No.1 Pace non trovo 7:20
  (Canzone CXXXIV)  
18 No.2 Benedetto sia 'I giorno 6:18
  (Canzone LXI)  
19 No.3 I' vidi in terra angelici costumi 6:17
  (Canzone CLVI)  
  Total Time 72:04      
  * Live recordings  
   
 Francesco Meli - (tenor)
 Matteo Pais - (piano)
   
  Tracks 1-7,10-14 & 17-19:  
   
  Live Recordings:  
  6 June (8,9), 11 March 2009 (15,16)  


Francesco Meli is acclaimed for his mellifluous tenor in the French and Italian bel canto repertoire celebrated on this recital album with songs and arias from Rossini to Massenet. Complementing these are song cycles by Liszt and Britten setting poems by two great figures of the Italian Renaissance, Michelangelo and Petrarch.

 

                        Performance ****        Recording ****

"... Meli’s voice is a true example of the Italian lyric-operatic style as you’ll find - beautifully produced, ardent but by no means hectoring, and with attractive soft-colour options to balance up the firepower... He [Meli] is superbly supported here by Matteo Pais, a fine accompanist throughout."

Malcolm Hayes - BBC Music magazine - March 2014


"...sweetly lyrical and sensitive ..."

 
ClassicalSource.com

"...one can feel the passion literally bristling beneath the surface in both expression and control ... a lyric tenor possessed of tremendous reserve power ..."

The Washington Times

 



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