Believe In Love

01/05/2007
Anne Bluet
Anaclase (France)

Believe in Love ... and who wouldn't want to with this recital of rarities from the Australian dramatic soprano Elizabeth Whitehouse ...

Having selected French and Italian airs from little known works from 1850 to 1920, the singer takes us through the music of Charles Gounod (Sapho, 1851; La Reine de Saba, 1862; Cinq Mars, 1877; Le Tribut de Zamora, 1881), Pietro Mascagni (Sì, 1919; Isabeau, 1911), Umberto Giordano (Siberia, 1903; Andrea Chénier, 1896), Amilcare Ponchielli (Marion Delorme, 1885), Francesco Cilea (Gloria, 1907; Adriana Lecouvreur, 1902), Ruggero Leoncavallo (Chatterton, 1896; Zazà, 1900) and Camille Saint-Saëns (Étienne Marcel, 1879).
 
Two composers almost completely forgotten today are present in this recording: Franco Faccio, who composed Amleto ... and Carlos Antonio Gomes (1836-1896), a Brazilian musician and founder of the Rio de Janeiro Opera in 1860 ... from whom we will hear extract "All'infelice suora" from Salvator Rosa (1874).  

This beautiful journey, full of discoveries and surprises, is magnificently put forward with the richly coloured tone of Elizabeth Whitehouse, who deserves special applause for her exemplary French diction andthe seducive bloom of her phrasing ... accompanied with expertise by the great Richard Bonynge conducting Orchestra Victoria.