Arias and Barcarolles

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“You know, I liked that last piece you played; it's got a theme. I like music with a theme, not all them arias and barcarolles.”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower, speaking to Leonard Bernstein after a White House concert in 1960



Leonard Bernstein was so taken by President Eisenhower’s remark that 30 years later, he produced a song-cycle called "Arias and Barcarolles," with a theme Bernstein described as “The politics of love.”

Similarly inspired, Cathy Fuller lends her voice to the weekend with a program devoted to an exploration of song - and the art of the vocal recital. Perhaps with a Barcarolle or two!

Rossini's La Gazzetta

Rossini's La Gazzetta

Arias and Barcarolles

Host Cathy Fuller talks with musicologist Philip Gossett about Gioachino Rossini's comic opera La Gazzetta and the critical edition he prepared, which receives its American premiere at the New England Conservatory, April 6-9, 2013.

On the program:

from Rossini's La Gazzetta, including

Overture
Cavatina: "Presto, dico"
Duetto: "Pe'da gusto a la Signora"

Franco Federici, baritone; Gabriella Morigi, soprano; Orchestra Sinfonica di Piacenza; Fabio Luisi, conductor

(image of Rossini by Giorces, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gerald Finley Sings Stanford

Gerald Finley Sings Stanford

Arias and Barcarolles

On the program:

From Waves of the Sea, Six Irish Lyrics for Medium Voice and Piano: The Fiddler of Dooney; When You Are Old; Sweet Dancer; (W. B. Yeats)
Joe Dan Harper, tenor; Anne Kissel Harper, piano

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford - Songs of the Sea, op. 91
Gerald Finley, baritone; BBC National CHorus and Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox

(photo of Gerald Finley by Sim Canetty-Clarke)

Franz Xaver Mozart

Franz Xaver Mozart

Arias and Barcarolles

Cathy Fuller hosts an program of music composed by Franz Xaver Mozart, the son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

On the program:

Romance
Barbara Bonney, soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano

From 12 German Songs:
"The Piano"
"The Satisfied Man"
"From the Greek"
"Gravedigger’s Song"
Barbara Bonney, soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano

Seven Variations on the Minuet from the opera Don Giovanni
Cyprien Katsaris, piano

(image of Franz Xaver Mozart by Karl Gottlieb Schweikart, via Wikimedia Commons)

Richard Rodney Bennett's Songs Before Sleep

Richard Rodney Bennett's Songs Before Sleep

Arias and Barcarolles

On the program:

Richard Rodney Bennett - Songs before Sleep
1. The Mouse and the Bumble-bee
2. Wee Willie Winkie
3. Twinkle, twinkle little star
4. Baby, baby, naughty baby
5. As I walked by myself
6. There was an old woman

Jonathan Lemalu, bass-baritone; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox, conductor

Ottorino Respighi - From the song cycle Deità silvane ("Woodland Deities")
1. I fauni (the fauns);
3. Musica in horto (Music in the garden);
4. Acqua (Water)

Ingrid Attrot, soprano; BBC Philharmonic; Richard Hickox, conductor

(photo of Richard Rodney Bennett by Katie Vandyck, courtesy Chester Novello)

Deborah Voigt Sings Beethoven

Deborah Voigt Sings Beethoven

Arias and Barcarolles

On the program:

Ludwig van Beethoven - "Abscheulicher, wo eilst du hin?", Recitative and Aria from Act I of the opera Fidelio
Deborah Voigt, soprano; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis

Ludwig van Beethoven - Six Songs on Christian Furchtegott Gellert, Op. 48
Peter Schreier, tenor; Walter Olbertz, piano

Rautavaara with the Chameleons

Rautavaara with the Chameleons

Arias and Barcarolles

On the program:

Richard Strauss - Morgen! (Tomorrow!)
Anna Netrebko, soprano; Joshua Bell, violin; Orchestra of St. Luke's; Michael Stern, conductor

Einojuhani Rautavaara - Die Liebende (A Woman in Love), from the cycle Die Liebenden ("The Lovers")
Charles Blandy, tenor; Members of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble: Joanna Kurkowicz and Katherine Winterstein, violins; Scott Woolweaver, viola; Rafael Popper-Keiser, cello; Anthony D'Amico, double bass

Franz Schubert - "Ave Maria" (Ellens Gesang III), D. 839; "Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt", D. 877/4; "Kennst du das Land", D. 321
Barbara Bonney, soprano; Geoffrey Parsons, piano

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