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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 101-125 of 201 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 10332 10-in. approximately 1903 to 1908 Puritani : Suoni la tromba Ettore Brancaleoni ; Nicolò Fossetta Vocal duet (bass and baritone), with orchestra composer  
Columbia 10412 7-in. approximately 1903 to 1908 Norma : Me protegge Luigi Colazza Tenor vocal solo composer  
Columbia 10413 10-in. approximately 1903 to 1908 Norma : Ah! Troppo tardi Luigi Colazza Tenor vocal solo composer  
Columbia 10587 10-in. approximately 1903 to 1908 Cari luoghi Taurino Parvis Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 10652 10-in. approximately 1903 to 1908 Ah! Non giunge Elvira de Hidalgo Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 10653 10-in. approximately 1903 to 1908 Son vergine Elvira de Hidalgo Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 10673 10-in. approximately 1903 to 1908 Norma : Me protegge Antonio Fassino Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 10682 10-in. approximately 1903 to 1908 A te o cara Isidoro Agnoletto Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 10697 10-in. approximately 1903 to 1908 Prendi, l'anel ti dono Isidoro Agnoletto Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 10941 10-in. approximately 1908 to 1914 Vieni fra questo braccia Edgardo Gherlinzoni ; Adele Pasini Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 10949 10-in. approximately 1908 to 1914 Suoni la tromba Ercole Omodei ; Luigi Rossato Vocal duet (baritone and bass), with orchestra composer  
Columbia 11147 10-in. approximately 1908 to 1914 Me protegge Giuseppe Oppezzo Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 11150 10-in. approximately 1908 to 1914 Meco all ’altar di Venere Giuseppe Oppezzo Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 11159 10-in. approximately 1908 to 1914 Ah! Non credea mirarti Guiseppina Finzi-Magrini Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 11160 10-in. approximately 1908 to 1914 Ah! Non giunge uman pensier Guiseppina Finzi-Magrini Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 11170 10-in. approximately 1908 to 1914 Qui la voce sua soave Guiseppina Finzi-Magrini Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 11171 10-in. approximately 1908 to 1914 Vien, diletto in ciel la luna Guiseppina Finzi-Magrini Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 11178 10-in. approximately 1908 to 1914 Son vergin vezzosa Guiseppina Finzi-Magrini Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 11179 10-in. approximately 1908 to 1914 Ah! Vieni al tempio Guiseppina Finzi-Magrini Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 11323 10-in. approximately 1908 to 1914 Come per me sereno Guiseppina Finzi-Magrini Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 11392 10-in. approximately 1908 to 1914 Qual cor tradiste Eugenia Burzio Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 11393 10-in. approximately 1908 to 1914 Deh! non valveli vitte, 1a parte Eugenia Burzio Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 11394 10-in. approximately 1908 to 1914 Deh! non valveli vitte, 2a parte Eugenia Burzio Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 70686 10-in. between 1920 and 1923 A te o cara Dino Borgioli Tenor vocal solo composer  
Brunswick E27280 10-in. 4/5/1928 Ouverture (Overture) Orchestra di Armonica de Brunswick Orchestra composer  
(Results 101-125 of 201 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bellini, Vincenzo," accessed April 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102890.

Bellini, Vincenzo. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102890.

"Bellini, Vincenzo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 April 2024.

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