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.
Robert Crowe, male soprano Iris Rath, flute (Track 21) Joachim Enders, piano
ALL EXCEPT * FIRST RECORDINGS
Gioacchino Rossini (1792–1868) Ciro in Babilonia https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCN0008/Track04.mp3
John Fane, Lord Burghersh (1784–1859) L’Amor timido: Sinfonia, recitativo e aria: ‘Che vuoi mio cor? – T’intendo mio cor’ https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCN0008/Track05.mp3
Ludwig Van Beethoven* (1770–1827) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCN0008/Track08.mp3
Giovanni Battista Velluti (1780–1861) Otto Variazioni sul’ Tema ‘Nel cor più non mi sento’ https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCN0008/Track09.mp3
Burghersh (1780–1861) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCN0008/Track18.mp3
Francesco Morlacchi (1784–1841) Tebaldo e Isolina: Sinfonia, scena e romanza: ‘Notte tremenda – Caro suono lusinghier’ https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCN0008/Track19.mp3
Johann Baptist Cramer (1771–1858) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCN0008/Track22.mp3
Thomas Welsh (1780–1848) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCN0008/Track23.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCN0008EAN/UPC: 5060640070080Release Date: 19.06.2020Composer: Francesco Morlacchi, Gioacchino Rossini, Giovanni Battista Velluti, Giuseppe Nicolini, Johann Baptist Cramer, John Fane, Ludwig van Beethoven, Thomas Welsh Artists: Joachim Enders, Robert Crowe
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