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The Romantic Castrato. The Ornamented Songs and Arias of Giambattista Velluti (24/96 FLAC)

The Romantic Castrato. The Ornamented Songs and Arias of Giambattista Velluti (24/96 FLAC)

The Romantic Castrato. The Ornamented Songs and Arias of Giambattista Velluti (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Baptist Cramer, John Fane, Francesco Morlacchi, Giuseppe Nicolini, Gioacchino Antonio Rossini, Giovanni Battista Vellutti, Thomas Welsh
Performer: Joachim Enders, Robert Crowe, Iris Rath
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Toccata
Catalogue: TOCN0008
Release: 2020
Size: 1.24 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Nicolini: Carlo Magno
01. Sinfonia
02. Ecco, o numi
03. Ah quando cesserà

04. Rossini: T’abbraccio, ti stringo (from Ciro in Babilonia)

Fane: L’amor timido
05. Sinfonia
06. Che vuoi mio cor?
07. T’intendo mio cor

08. Beethoven: Variations in G major on the duet ‘Nel cor più non mi sento’ from the opera La Molinara by Giovanni Paisiello, WoO 70

Vellutti: Otto Variazioni sul’Tema ‘Nel cor più non mi sento’
09. Theme
10. Var. 1
11. Var. 2
12. Var. 3
13. Var. 4
14. Var. 5
15. Var. 6
16. Var. 7
17. Var. 8

Fane: L’amor timido
18. Placido zeffiretto

Morlacchi: Tebaldo e Isolina
19. Sinfonia
20. Notte tremenda
21. Caro suono lusinghier

22. Cramer: Air Venetien, arrangé en Rondo brillant pour le Piano Forte
23. Welsh: Ah can I think of days gone by?

Giovanni Battista Velluti (1780–1861) was one of the last of the larger-than-life castrati who had dominated operatic life in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Velluti, though, spent his career almost entirely in the Romantic era, singing the music of his day. His style of ornamentation attracted widespread admiration and set the standard for the prime donne who were emerging as the stars of their age in operas by such composers as Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. Here the American male soprano Robert Crowe recreates Velluti’s extraordinary sound-world, in a recording that helps explain why such diverse luminaries as Stendhal, Mary Shelley and the Duke of Wellington admired Velluti as one of the most accomplished and inventive singers of his time.

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