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Landscape in Italy (1793) by Joseph Bidauld (1758-1846)
Track(s) taken from CDA67107
Recording details: August 1996
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason & Andrew Hallifax
Release date: February 1997
Total duration: 18 minutes 56 seconds

'A familiar enough masterpiece yet typically spiced by Howard with some fascinating side-steps and discoveries' (Gramophone)

'This disc is studded with pleasures, even (especially in the Petrarch sonnets) with flashes of ecstasy. Fine sound too' (Fanfare, USA)

Venezia e Napoli – Supplement aux Années de Pèlerinage seconde volume, S162
1859; second series

Gondoliera  [6'06]
Canzone  [3'55]
Tarantella  [8'55]

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Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Venezia e Napoli is usually waved away as a rather insignificant group of encore pieces, but while they are obviously lighter fare, they merit high praise for their sheer beauty and ingenuity. Each piece is based on what was familiar material in the streets of Italy at the time of their conception.

Gondoliera is described by Liszt in the score as La biondina in gondoletta—Canzone di Cavaliere Peruchini (Beethoven’s setting of it, WoO157/12, for voice and piano trio just describes it as a Venetian folk-song, and Peruchini remains elusive) and he treats it in a much gentler way than in the earlier version with a particularly fine verse with tremolo accompaniment; the tremolo guides a very dark musing upon Rossini’s Canzone del Gondoliere—‘Nessùn maggior dolore’ (Otello) which itself recalls Dante’s Inferno (‘There is no greater sorrow than to remember past happiness in time of misery’); and the Tarantella—incorporating themes by Guillaume Louis Cottrau (1797–1847)—emerges from the depths, much more subtle than in its previous, primary-coloured garb, but ultimately triumphantly boisterous.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1997

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