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D'un dolce ardor la face

D’un dolce ardor la face was written for Baletti in 1790, as a replacement number most probably for Salieri’s comic opera La grotta di Trofonio. This brief aria speaks in touching terms of the sorrows and emotions of love, pouring them out first in a gentle Cantabile, then in a brisk Allegro. The vocal writing, though still marked by virtuosity, here seems to tend towards the calm nobility of Gluck, especially as it also pays close attention to the text, while the different sections of the orchestra are handled in autonomous fashion, as is shown most notably by the flute and bassoon solos at the start. When this piece was written, the French Revolution had already broken out; in 1792, Viotti, guilty of friendship with the queen, fled to London, abandoning the Théâtre de Monsieur and taking with him many of its Italian singers, including Baletti. Meanwhile, in 1791, Cherubini had presented his comédie héroïque, Lodoïska, which this time earned him a resounding success in Paris.

from notes by Francesco Ermini Polacci © 2012
English: Charles Johnston

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67893 track 5
Recording date
1 October 2010
Recording venue
Teatro Verdi, Pisa, Italy
Recording producer
Sigrid Lee
Recording engineer
Roberto Meo
Hyperion usage
  1. Cherubini: Arias and Overtures from Florence to Paris (CDA67893)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: February 2012
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