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Souvenirs de Venise

Hyperion 55217
  • Gioachino Rossini:
  • La regata veneziana 2,3
  • I marinai 1,4
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Canzonetta veneziana Wo0 158a #23 1
  • Franz Schubert: Gondelfahrer, D. 808 1
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Venezianisches Gondellied Op. 57 #5 1
  • Adolf Jensen:
  • Leis' rudern hier, mein Gondolier Op. 50 #4 1
  • Wenn durch die Piazzetta Op. 50 #3 1
  • Mikhail Glinka: Venetsianskaya noch' 1
  • Sergei Taneyev: Venetsiya noch'yu Op. 9 #1 1,5
  • Charles Gounod: Venise 1
  • Jules Massenet: Souvenir de Venise 1
  • Gabriel Fauré: Barcarolle Op. 7 #3 1
  • Reynaldo Hahn: Venezia «Chansons en dialecte vénitien»
  • Sopra l'acqua indormenzada 1
  • La barcheta 1
  • L'avertimento 1
  • La biondina in gondoleta 1
  • Che pecà! 1
  • La primavera 1,2,4
1 Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor
2 Felicity Lott, soprano
3 Ann Murray, mezzo-soprano
4 Richard Jackson, baritone
5 Hugo D'Alton, mandolin
Graham Johnson, piano
Hyperion Helios CDH55217 49m
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What an outstanding disc this is, in spite of the short playing time. They say that good music comes in small doses and this is definitely the case with Rolfe Johnson and Johnson interpreting this wonderful assortment of songs.

Just sit back and take in the atmosphere of Venice in the portraits of such varied composers as Taneyev, Fauré and that old devil, Rossini. This city definitely inspired all composers to produce the most delectable and charming songs one could imagine. Recording is as usual quite magical and notes are copious and fastidious. What are you waiting for?

Copyright © 2005, Gerald Fenech

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