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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 76-100 of 201 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Trial 1917-10-15-03] Not documented 10/15/1917 Romeo and Juliet : Aria Hulda Lashanska Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor [Trial 1917-12-19-02] Not documented 12/19/1917 Ah! non giunge Maria Conde Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor [Trial 1927-01-22-01] 12-in. 1/22/1927 Ah non credea mirarti Sofia Del Campo Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 1238 7-in. ca. 1903-Oct. 1905 Vi ravviso Alberto De Bassini Baritone vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 1238 10-in. ca. 1903 Vi raviso Alberto De Bassini Bass vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 3133 10-in. ca. 1905 Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni Marcel Journet Bass vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 3962 10-in. approximately 1908 Theme and variations Marshall P. Lufsky Flute solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 46752 10-in. 5/5/1916 Vieni fra questa braccia Hipólito Lázaro Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 30356 12-in. 2/18/1910 Casta diva Celestina Boninsegna Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 30357 12-in. 2/18/1910 Ah! Bello a me ritorna Celestina Boninsegna Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 30409 12-in. 4/8/1910 Suoni la tromba Ramon Blanchart ; José Mardones Bass vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 36764 12-in. 7/11/1913 Vi ravviso o luoghi ameni Henri Scott Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 36856 12-in. ca. 1914 Hear me, Norma Grace Kerns ; Mildred Potter Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra composer  
Columbia 36880 12-in. 2/24/1914 Suoni la tromba Hector Dufranne ; Henri Scott Vocal duet (baritone and bass), with orchestra composer  
Columbia 37070 12-in. ca. 1914 Casta diva Margarete Matzenauer Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 48783 12-in. 5/5/1916 A te o cara Hipólito Lázaro Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 49370 12-in. 4/8/1918 Qui la voce Maria Barrientos Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 49371 12-in. 4/8/1918 Vien diletto Maria Barrientos Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 49720 12-in. 12/10/1919 Casta diva Rosa Ponselle Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 49762 12-in. 3/5/1920 Ah non credea mirarti Maria Barrientos Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 49763 12-in. 3/5/1920 Ah! non giunge Maria Barrientos Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 5721 12-in. 1907 I puritani : Selections Banda Española ; Charles Adams Prince Band composer  
Columbia 10063 10-in. approximately 1903 to 1908 Sonnambula : Vi ravviso Ettore Brancaleoni Bass vocal solo composer  
Columbia 10100 10-in. approximately 1903 to 1908 La sonnambula : Prendi, l'anel ti dono Emilio Venturini Tenor vocal solo composer  
Columbia 10125 10-in. approximately 1903 to 1908 Norma : Casta diva Leonilda Gabbi Paini Soprano vocal solo composer  
(Results 76-100 of 201 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bellini, Vincenzo," accessed April 16, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102890.

Bellini, Vincenzo. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 16, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102890.

"Bellini, Vincenzo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 16 April 2024.

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