Complete Songs for Voice and Piano, Vol. 3
Gioacchino Rossini

Complete Songs for Voice and Piano, Vol. 3

Elisabetta Scano / Leonardo de Lisi / Andrea Catzel / Reinild Mees

CCS 14998 - 0723385149989

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In 1913 Ottorino Respighi settled in Rome, where he became professor of composition and later director at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. One of his students was the eighteen year old Elsa Olivieri-Sangiacomo. Herself a singer and composer, she was attracted both to Respighi and to his songs. The couple married and together embarked on many international tours, giving over 300 recitals in which Elsa was accompanied by the composer at the piano performing his songs. After Respighi's death in 1936, Elsa Olivieri-Sangiacomo Respighi greatly promoted her husband's compositions until her death in 1996 at the age of 102. In his songs, many of which are written for Elsa, Respighi developed a unique language in which he allowed himself to be led by the emotional connection he felt with both the text's meaning and atmosphere. In most of his songs strong melodies are accompanied by transparent, refined piano parts, structured in a harmonic pattern of modulations following the poetry's mood changes. The variety and quality of Respighi's songs provide plenty of contrast; many of them are true jewels and deserve to be performed more regularly. A love for folk melodies inspired Respighi to write Italian, Tuscan, Sardinian, French, Armenian and Scottish folksongs. In Quattro liriche su parole di poeti armeni Respighi encapsulates the melancholy of Armenian chant, employing the modes and the simple style of Armenian hymns in his treatment of the vocal line. No, non morto il figlio tuo, La mamma come il pane caldo and Io sono la madre are based on texts by Constant Zarian (1885-1969), Mattino di Luce is based on a text by Nerss nicknamed Shnorhali (The 'Gracious', 1112-1173), a famous Catholicos (leader of the Armenian Church) who introduced popular elements in the Armenian hymns. (...) from liner notes (Reinild Mees)

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Quattro Liriche Su Parole Di Poeti Armeni, P. 132
    I. No, Non È Morto Il Figlio Tuo
    02:18
  • 2
    Quattro Liriche Su Parole Di Poeti Armeni, P. 132
    II. La Mamma È Come Il Pane Caldo
    01:27
  • 3
    Quattro Liriche Su Parole Di Poeti Armeni, P. 132
    III. Lo Sono la Madre
    03:16
  • 4
    Quattro Liriche Su Parole Di Poeti Armeni, P. 132
    IV. Mattino Di Luce
    04:50
  • 5
    Due Liriche, P. 123
    Voici Noël
    04:33
  • 6
    Due Liriche, P. 123
    Il Pleut, Gentil Berger
    02:23
  • 7
    Cinque Liriche
    I. Tempi Assai Lontani
    03:46
  • 8
    Cinque Liriche
    II. Canto Funebre
    01:54
  • 9
    Cinque Liriche
    III. Par Les Soirs...
    03:52
  • 10
    Cinque Liriche
    IV. Par L'etreinte
    02:30
  • 11
    Cinque Liriche
    V. La Fine
    07:10
  • 12
    Quattro Liriche Dal Poema Paradisiaco Di Gabriele D Annunzio, P. 125
    I. Un Sogno
    04:23
  • 13
    Quattro Liriche Dal Poema Paradisiaco Di Gabriele D Annunzio, P. 125
    II. La Najade
    02:56
  • 14
    Quattro Liriche Dal Poema Paradisiaco Di Gabriele D Annunzio, P. 125
    III. La Sera
    02:57
  • 15
    Quattro Liriche Dal Poema Paradisiaco Di Gabriele D Annunzio, P. 125
    IV. Sorpra Un'aria Antica
    05:55
  • 16
    La Donna del Sarcofago, P. 121
    03:02
  • 17
    La Statua, P. 122
    03:49
  • 18
    Quattro Arie Scozzesi, P. 143
    I. The Piper of Dundee
    02:22
  • 19
    Quattro Arie Scozzesi, P. 143
    II. When the Kye Come Hame
    04:38
  • 20
    Quattro Arie Scozzesi, P. 143
    III. Within a Mile of Edinburgh Town
    03:06
  • 21
    Quattro Arie Scozzesi, P. 143
    IV. My Heart's In the Highlands
    03:41