Isabella Colbran - Italian Arias for Voice and Harp | Tactus TC780302

Isabella Colbran - Italian Arias for Voice and Harp

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Label: Tactus

Cat No: TC780302

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 6th January 2014

Contents

Artists

Maria Chiara Pizzoli (soprano)
Marianne Gubri (harp)

Works

Colbran, Isabella

Barcarola in Passatempi musicali
» Gia la notte s'avvicina
Canzoncine ou petits airs italiens (6) [1805]
Canzoncine ou petits airs italiens (6) [1808]
Cavatina o Canzonetta di partenza
» Parto vi lascio addio
Petits airs italiens (6) [1808]
Petits airs italiens (6) [1809]

Spontini, Gaspare

La Vestale
» Abbellimenti sopra: O nume tutelar (arr. Isabella Colbran)

Artists

Maria Chiara Pizzoli (soprano)
Marianne Gubri (harp)

About

Isabella Colbran was born in Madrid, received her initial musical education from her father, Juan Colbran, violinist in the Capilla Real, and studied singing under the guidance of the celebrated Italian opera singers and castratos Carlo Martinelli and Girolamo Crescentini. She dedicated to the latter one of her song collections, and sang many of his compositions.

The four books of Canzoncine ou Petits Airs Italiens by Isabella Colbran (1784-1845) were composed between 1805 and 1809, during her youth, before her marriage to Gioacchino Rossini (1822) and the beginning of her career as 'prima donna' of Italian opera.

Isabella Colbranís compositions are typical of the chamber-music repertoire for amateurs: they consist of short, melodious, through-composed arias with two texts: one in Italian, drawn from Metastasioís poems, the other a free translation into French.

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