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Track(s) taken from CDH55263

Ah! perfido, Op 65

composer
1796
author of text
recitative text
author of text
aria text

Janice Watson (soprano), Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best (conductor)
Recording details: September 1995
Blackheath Concert Halls, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: April 1996
Total duration: 13 minutes 9 seconds
 
1
Scena: Ah! perfido, spergiuro  [3'17]
2
Aria: Per pietà, non dirmi addio  [9'52]

Other recordings available for download

Susan Gritton (soprano), London Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Warren-Green (conductor)

Reviews

'Two budget recordings of this underrated mass stand out … My own favourite, the more dramatic 1995 version conducted by Matthew Best. He conjures a prayerful mood for the Kyrie and Andante, and a fierce exultation in the Gloria and Credo. Orchestra and chorus are incisive, and the balance ensures that you hear all Beethoven's woodwind detail, not least his inspired touches of bassoon colouring' (The Daily Telegraph)
Ah! Perfido looks backwards in text and models and forwards in what Beethoven does with them. The text is partially by Pietro di Metastasio (1698-1782), doyen of librettists for the formal kind of opera seria which was already falling out of fashion when the 21-year-old Mozart wrote Idomeneo, his first operatic masterpiece. In 1796 Beethoven was wrestling with operatic ideas that would only find fruit in Fidelio a decade later, but he also evidently learnt from Mozart’s concert arias how to shape a formal lament without the encouraging sniff of greasepaint. Indeed, once past the formal exclamations of the recitative, the aria alternates compassion and fury with an ambition that looks beyond the innovations of Gluck towards an embrace of feminine sympathy that would, half a century later, become synonymous with Verdi in characters such as Violetta.

from notes by John Wates 2010

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