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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 151-175 of 201 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 284aj 12-in. 6/6/1911 Bel sogno beato di pace Mattia Battistini Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 479aj 12-in. 9/19/1912 Norma : Sinfonia Teatro alla Scala Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Gramophone 547i 12-in. Oct. 1906 Sinfonia (Overture) Teatro alla Scala Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Gramophone 561c 12-in. ca. 1905 In mia mano alfi tu sei Ida Giacomelli ; Gino Martinez-Patti Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 575½aj 12-in. 2/25/1913 Deh, non volermi vittima Elvira Barbieri ; Vincenzo Bettoni ; Fausto Castellani Vocal trio (soprano, tenor, and bass), with chorus composer  
Gramophone 582aj 12-in. 2/27/1913 Qual cor tradisti Elvira Barbieri ; Fausto Castellani Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with chorus composer  
Gramophone 613m 12-in. 4/26/1912 Ite sul colle, o Druidi Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin Bass vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra composer  
Gramophone BE1281 10-in. 7/12/1923 Ah! del Tebro Ezio Pinza Bass vocal solo, with male vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Gramophone 1339c 12-in. approximately 1907 Sorgea la notte Andrés de Segurola Bass vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 1401½c 12-in. 1907 Ah! non credea mirarti Graziella Pareto Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 1443c 12-in. May 1908 Prendi, l'anel ti dono Fernando De Lucia ; Maria Galvany Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with piano composer  
Gramophone 1446c 12-in. May 1908 Vieni fra queste braccia Maria Galvany ; Francesco Marconi Vocal duet (soprano and tenor vocal), with piano composer  
Gramophone BM1566 10-in. 4/10/1930 Fenesta che lucive e mo' non luci Giovanni Barberini Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Gramophone 1845c 12-in. 5/11/1909 D'un pensiero Aristodemo Giorgini ; Josephina Huguet Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with chorus and orchestra composer  
Gramophone HO1900ac 10-in. 6/15/1916 Norma : Overture Band of H. M. Coldstream Guards Band composer  
Gramophone Bb2843 10-in. 4/17/1923 A te, o cara, amore talora Miguel Fleta Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 3101f 12-in. 6/2/1909 Ah non credea mirarti Luisa Tetrazzini Soprano vocal solo, with cello obbligato and orchestra composer  
Gramophone CD4546 12-in. 2/9/1927 Casta diva Wanda Bardone Soprano vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra composer  
Gramophone 0BA6105 10-in. before March 1949 Fenesta ca lucive e mo' non luci Gino Bechi ; Dino Olivieri Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 6982b 10-in. 1905 Prendi, l’anel ti dono Emilio Perea Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 7343b 10-in. 1905 Mira, o Norma Ida Giacomelli ; Lina Mileri Vocal duet (2 sopranos), with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 9078b 10-in. October 1906 Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni Andrés de Segurola Male vocal solo, with orchestra and chorus composer  
Gramophone 9445b 10-in. Nov. 1906 Ah! fosco ciel Teatro alla Scala Coro Chorus composer  
Gramophone 10587b 10-in. 1907 Casta diva Josephina Huguet Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 10906b 10-in. 1907 Suoni la tromba intrepido Titta Ruffo ; Andrés de Segurola Vocal duet (baritone and bass), with orchestra composer  
(Results 151-175 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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