Primo Dolce Affanno  (Elizabeth Vidal, Bruce Ford, William Matteuzzi, David Harper)   (Opera Rara ORR 230)
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Primo Dolce Affanno  (Elizabeth Vidal, Bruce Ford, William Matteuzzi, David Harper)   (Opera Rara ORR 230)
OP2947. Il Primo Dolce Affanno, incl. works by Buzzolla, Ponlatowski, Gomes, Liszt, Meyerbeer, Ricci, Saint-Säens, & Verdi. Elizabeth Vidal, Bruce Ford, William Matteuzzi, David Harper. Opera Rara ORR 230. Includes Elaborate 70pp. Libretto-Book. Final Copy! - 0792938023021

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“This recreation of a gilded Parisian soiree c1850 is built around Liszt’s Italianate Petrarch Sonnets, sung by Bruce Ford with ardour, tenderness and grace. The other items are by turns touching, charming and vacuous. All the performers sing with style and aplomb, with soprano Elisabeth Vidal properly dazzling in her high-flying coloratura.”

- Richard Wigmore



“In the seventh volume of its ‘Il Salotto’ series, we decided to programme Liszt’s Petrarch Sonnets – but they do not appear in the conventional way. Rather, the three sonnets are presented out of sequence, interspersed with music of Liszt’s contemporaries, composers whose work he knew or knew of. Ordinarily, these intensely personal songs are heard in recitals as a separate group. As they are all in the same key, this can give the impression that one flows into another. But, in fact, each song has a different text and sentiment and, in the spirit of its ‘Il Salotto’ series,we decided to separate them with other music. For various reasons, works by Meyerbeer, Saint-Säens, Poniatowski, Federico Ricci, Gomes and Verdi seemed appropriate choices.”

“The music is quite enchanting.”

- American Record Guide