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Vincenzo Bellini

Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini (Italian: [vinˈtʃɛntso salvaˈtoːre karˈmɛːlo franˈtʃesko belˈliːni] (listen); 3 November 1801 – 23 September 1835) was an Italian opera composer, who was known for his long-flowing melodic lines for which he was named "the Swan of Catania". Many years later, in 1898, Giuseppe Verdi "praised the broad curves of Bellini's melody: 'there are extremely long melodies as no-one else had ever made before'."

A large amount of what is known about Bellini's life and activity comes from surviving letters which were written, except for a short period, throughout his lifetime to Francesco Florimo, whom he had met as a fellow student in Naples and with whom he maintained a lifelong friendship. Other sources of information come from correspondence saved by other friends and business acquaintances.

Bellini was the quintessential composer of the Italian bel canto era of the early 19th century, and his work has been summed up by the London critic Tim Ashley as:

... also hugely influential, as much admired by other composers as he was by the public. Verdi raved about his "long, long, long melodies such as no one before had written." Wagner, who rarely liked anyone but himself, was spellbound by Bellini's almost uncanny ability to match music with text and psychology. Liszt and Chopin professed themselves fans. Of the 19th-century giants, only Berlioz demurred. Those musicologists who consider Bellini to be merely a melancholic tunesmith are now in the minority.

In considering which of his operas can be seen to be his greatest successes over the almost two hundred years since his death, Il pirata laid much of the groundwork in 1827, achieving very early recognition in comparison to Donizetti's having written thirty operas before his major 1830 triumph with Anna Bolena. Both I Capuleti e i Montecchi at La Fenice in 1830 and La sonnambula in Milan in 1831 reached new triumphal heights, although initially Norma, given at La Scala in 1831 did not fare as well until later performances elsewhere. "The genuine triumph" of I puritani in January 1835 in Paris capped a significant career. Certainly, Il pirata, Capuleti, La sonnambula, Norma, and I puritani are regularly performed today.

After his initial success in Naples, most of the rest of his short life was spent outside of both Sicily and Naples, those years being followed with his living and composing in Milan and Northern Italy, and—after a visit to London—then came his final masterpiece in Paris, I puritani. Only nine months later, Bellini died in Puteaux, France at the age of 33.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 3, 1801 (Catania), Died September 23, 1835 (Puteaux)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1897 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Recordings (Results 51-75 of 201 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-27088 10-in. 3/16/1927 Vi ravviso Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-27994 12-in. 6/1/1923 Son geloso del zefiro Amelita Galli-Curci ; Tito Schipa Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra composer  
Victor C-28466 12-in. 9/11/1923 Son vergin vezzosa Amelita Galli-Curci Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-30046 12-in. 5/5/1924 Ite sul colle José Mardones Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-30906 12-in. 9/16/1924 Ah! non giunge Amelita Galli-Curci Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-36762 10-in. 11/9/1926 Fenesta che lucive Giuseppe Godono Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-39578 12-in. 8/22/1927 Ah! Non credea mirarti Marion Talley Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-39579 12-in. 8/22/1927 Ah, non giunge Marion Talley Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-41095 12-in. 12/3/1927 Non parti? Metropolitan Opera Chorus ; Giulio Setti Male vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-41097 12-in. 12/3/1927 Ite sul colle Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-41450 12-in. 1/16/1928 A te, o cara amor talora Giacomo Lauri-Volpi Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-41451 10-in. 1/16/1928 Meco all' altar di Venere Giacomo Lauri-Volpi Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-43782 10-in. 5/9/1928 Norma : Overture Rosario Bourdon ; Victor Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-43783 10-in. 5/9/1928 Norma : Overture Rosario Bourdon ; Victor Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-45604 12-in. 6/4/1928 Valzer operatico La Vittoria Orchestrina Italiana [Cibelli's Orchestra] Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-46943 10-in. 8/24/1928 Oi farshtelt is der fentster Vitali Koretzky Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor CVE-49031 12-in. 12/31/1928 Casta diva Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ; Rosa Ponselle ; Giulio Setti Soprano vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-49032 12-in. 12/31/1928 Casta diva Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ; Rosa Ponselle ; Giulio Setti Soprano vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-49703 12-in. 1/30/1929 Mira Norma Rosa Ponselle ; Marion Telva Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-49704 12-in. 1/30/1929 Mira Norma Rosa Ponselle ; Marion Telva Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-51134 10-in. 4/8/1929 Ah! Del tebro Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-53449 10-in. 5/28/1929 Marche héroïque Victor Symphonic Band Band composer  
Victor BVE-59593 10-in. 4/16/1930 Selections from Romeo and Juliet Pietro Deiro ; Frank Gaviani Accordion duet composer  
Victor CSHQ-73132 12-in. 7/28/1932 Care compagne, part 1 Mrs. F. Wagner Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BS-78250 10-in. 10/19/1933 [Aria from] I Puritani Nino Martini Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 51-75 of 201 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bellini, Vincenzo," accessed April 21, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102890.

Bellini, Vincenzo. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 21, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102890.

"Bellini, Vincenzo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 21 April 2024.

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