Treasures of Bel Canto - Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo-soprano); Rolando Villazón (tenor); Marco Armiliato (conductor)
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  1. Ma rendi pur contento, song for voice & piano (6 ariette da camera)
  2. Malinconia, ninfa gentile for voice & piano (6 ariette da camera)
  3. Vaga luna, che inargenti, song for voice & piano
  4. Torna vezzosa Fillide, for soprano & piano
  5. Deh, pietoso, oh addolorata, song for voice & piano
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  1. Ma rendi pur contento, song for voice & piano (6 ariette da camera)
  2. Malinconia, ninfa gentile for voice & piano (6 ariette da camera)
  3. Vaga luna, che inargenti, song for voice & piano
  4. Torna vezzosa Fillide, for soprano & piano
  5. Deh, pietoso, oh addolorata, song for voice & piano
  6. Non t'accostare all'urna, song for voice & piano
  7. Il poveretto ("Passegger, che al dolce aspetto"), song for voice & piano
  8. Il mistero ("Se tranquillo a te daccanto"), song for voice & piano
  9. Più che non m'ama un angelo (L'amor funesto), for voice & piano (cello/horn ad lib.)
  10. La preghiera di un popolo, hymn for voices & orchestra
  11. Il Sospiro ("Donna infelice..."), for voice & piano
  12. La mère et l'enfant ("Un voile blanc couvrait la terre"), song for voice & piano
  13. L'esule ("Qui sempre ride in cielo"), for voice & piano (Péchés de vieillesse, book 3), QR iv/25
  14. La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano (Soirées musicales)
  15. La lontananza, aria for tenor & piano (Péchés de vieillesse, book 1), QR iv/12
  16. Les Amants de Séville ("Loin de votre Séville"), for alto, tenor & piano (Péchés de vieillesse, book 3), QR v/37
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The graphics for this release by tenor Rolando Villazón don't make clear what it is you're getting: this is not yet another anthology of bel canto Italian opera arias, but something a good deal more rare. These "treasures of bel canto" are not arias, but songs, originally for voice and piano, but here given in orchestral versions. Villazón's explanation for why they needed to be orchestrated is unconvincing; he recalls having been inspired by Luciano Berio's orchestrations of the Verdi songs heard here, but the mainstream ...

Treasures of Bel Canto 2015, Deutsche Grammophon

UPC: 028947949596

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