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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 176-200 of 201 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 13186b 10-in. 5/4/1909 Ah, non giunge Albertina Cassani Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 2EA1576 12-in. 10/23/1935 Casta diva John Barbirolli ; Ina Souez Soprano vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Gramophone 2EA1577 12-in. 10/23/1935 Casta diva John Barbirolli ; Ina Souez Soprano vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Zonophone 3516 9-in. 9/8/1904 Cabaletto Luisa Tetrazzini Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) B20 10-in. before June 1923 Vieni fra queste braccia Dino Borgioli ; Ena Suriñach Female-male vocal duet composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WBX111 12-in. between January and May 1927 Ite sul colle o Druidi Tancredi Pasero Bass vocal solo, with vocal chorus composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WBX124 12-in. approximately mid-1920s Mira o Norma Giannina Arangi-Lombardi ; Ebe Stignani Vocal duet (soprano and mezzo-soprano) composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WBX125 12-in. approximately mid-1920s Sin fin all'ore Giannina Arangi-Lombardi ; Ebe Stignani Vocal duet (soprano and mezzo-soprano) composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WBX245 12-in. January-June 1928 Il rival salvar tu puoi Tancredi Pasero ; Gino Vanelli Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WBX246 12-in. January-June 1928 Suoni la tromba Tancredi Pasero ; Gino Vanelli Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WB1300 10-in. April 1927 Come per me sereno Anna-Maria Guglielmetti Soprano vocal solo composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WB1301 10-in. April 1927 Sovra il sen... Anna-Maria Guglielmetti Soprano vocal solo composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WBX1319 12-in. September-October 1933 Qui la voce sua soave Mercedes Capsir Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WBX1320 12-in. September-October 1933 Vien diletto Mercedes Capsir Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WB1493 10-in. August 1927 Come per me sereno Maria Gentile Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WB1498 10-in. August 1927 Qui la voce sua soave Maria Gentile Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WB1578 10-in. between August and November 1927 Prendi l'anel ti dono Enzo De Muro Lomanto Tenor vocal solo composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WB1636 10-in. November 1927 Son geloso del zefiro Enzo De Muro Lomanto ; Maria Gentile Female-male vocal duet composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WB1637 10-in. November 1927 Son geloso del zefiro Enzo De Muro Lomanto ; Maria Gentile Female-male vocal duet composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WB1696 10-in. November 1927 Vi ravviso Umberto Di Lelio Bass vocal solo composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WB1698 10-in. November 1927 Tu non sai Umberto Di Lelio Bass vocal solo composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WB1792 10-in. between January and June 1928 Tu non sai Tancredi Pasero Bass vocal solo composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WB1814 10-in. between January and June 1928 Prendi l'anel ti dono Dino Borgioli Tenor vocal solo composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WB2116 10-in. between September and December 1928 Casta diva Iva Pacetti Soprano vocal solo composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WB2581 10-in. between January and July 1929 Meco all' altar di Venere Manuel Salazar Tenor vocal solo composer  
(Results 176-200 of 201 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bellini, Vincenzo," accessed April 23, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102890.

Bellini, Vincenzo. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 23, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102890.

"Bellini, Vincenzo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 23 April 2024.

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