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Mozart & Rossini Arias
File:Mozart Rossini Stade LP.jpg
Philips LP: 9500 098
Studio album by
Frederica von Stade
Released1976
StudioDe Doelen, Rotterdam and Grande Salle, Epalinges, Switzerland (second version only)
GenreOpera
Length52:36 (first and third versions), 69:10 (second version)
LanguageItalian
LabelPhilips (first and second versions), PentaTone Classics (third version)
ProducerWilhelm Hellweg
Mozart & Rossini Arias
PentaTone SACD: 5186 158
PentaTone SACD: 5186 158

Frederica von Stade sings Mozart & Rossini Arias is a 52-minute studio album of operatic arias performed by von Stade and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Edo de Waart. It was released in 1976.[1] A second, 69-minute version of the album, Frederica von Stade: Haydn, Mozart and Rossini Arias, released by Philips on CD, added bonus tracks derived from von Stade's contributions to Antal Doráti's recordings of Joseph Haydn's operas La fedeltà premiata and Il mondo della luna.[2][3][4] A third, 52-minute version released on SACD by PentaTone in 2005 reverted to the contents (and title) of the first version, but presented the music in surround sound.[1]

Recording[edit | edit source]

The Mozart and Rossini music common to all three versions of the album was recorded using analogue technology in quadrophonic (4-channel) sound in De Doelen, Rotterdam, in September 1975.[1] The second version's music from Joseph Haydn's operas La fedeltà premiata and Il mondo della luna was recorded using analogue technology in the Grande Salle, Epalinges, Switzerland during June 1975 and September 1977 respectively.[3][4]

Packaging[edit | edit source]

The cover of the first version of the album features a photograph of von Stade taken by her then husband, Peter Elkus.[5]. The cover of the second version features a photograph of von Stade taken by Mike Evans.[2] The cover of the third version was designed by Netherlads and features a photograph of von Stade taken by Marcia Lieberman.[1]

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

Reviews[edit | edit source]

Mozart painted by his brother-in-law, Joseph Lange

The first version of the album was reviewed by Alan Blyth in Gramophone in February 1977[6] and by George Jellinek as a "recording of special merit" in Stereo Review in May 1977.[7] Profiling von Stade in Time magazine (13 December 1976), the unnamed author wrote that the album displays "a lustrous amber mezzo-soprano voice with an unusually sweet crystalline top and seemingly effortless agility".[8] The album was also reviewed in the 1984 edition of The complete Penguin stereo record and cassette guide. "Frederica von Stade is, as always, magically compelling here, both in vocal personality and in ... vocal production".[9]

Accolades[edit | edit source]

The album was nominated for a Grammy award for the best classical solo vocal performance of 1977.[10] Alan Blyth included the album in his 1977 Gramophone Critic's Choice list of the best recordings of the year.[11]

Track listing[edit | edit source]

First and third versions (Philips LP 9500 098 and PentaTone SACD 5186 158)[5][1]

Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)

Il Barbiere di Siviglia, libretto by Cesare Sterbini after Pierre Beaumarchais

  • 1 (5:46) Cavatina (Rosina): Una voce poco fà...Io sono docile

Otello, libretto by Francesco Maria Berio

  • 2 (13:35) Canzona e preghiera (Desdemona): Assisa a piè d'un salice...Deh! calma, o ciel, nel sonno

La Cenerentola, libretto by Jacopo Ferretti after Charles Perrault

  • 3 (6:26) Rondo (Angelina): Nacqui all' affanno...Non più mesta

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)

Le Nozze di Figaro, libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte after Pierre Beaumarchais

  • 4 (3:05) Aria (Cherubino): Non so più
  • 5 (3:10) Canzona (Cherubino) Voi, che sapete

La Clemenza di Tito, libretto by Caterino Mazzolà after Pietro Metastasio

  • 6 (9:27) Recitativo accompagnato e rondo (Vitellia): Ecco il punto...Non più di fiori

Don Giovanni, libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte

  • 7 (3:57) Aria (Zerlina): Vedrai, carino

La Clemenza di Tito

  • 8 (6:30) Aria (Sesto): Parto, parto...Guardami, e tutto obblio

Second version (Philips CD 420 084-2)[3][4][2]

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

La fedeltà premiata, libretto by Giambattista Lorenzi

  • 1 (1:44) Aria (Amaranta) e recitativo accompagnato (Amaranta, Melibeo): Per te m'accese amore
  • 2 (3:01) Aria (Amaranta): Vanne... fuggi... traditore!
  • 3 (7:18) Recitativo accompagnato ed aria (Amaranta): Barbaro conte... Dell' amor mio fedele

Il mondo della luna, libretto after Carlo Goldoni

  • 4 (4:06) Aria (Lisetta): Una donna come me

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Le nozze di Figaro

  • 5 (3:06) Aria (Cherubino): Non so più
  • 6 (3:12) Canzona (Cherubino): Voi che sapete

La clemenza di Tito

  • 7 (9:29) Recitativo accompagnato e rondo (Vitellia): Ecco il punto... Non più di fiori

Don Giovanni

  • 8 (3:59) Aria (Zerlina): Vedrai, carino

La clemenza di Tito

  • 9 (6:27) Aria (Sesto): Parto, parto... Guardami, e tutto obblio

Gioacchino Rossini

Il barbiere di Siviglia

  • 10 (5:46) Cavatina (Rosina): Una voce poco fà... Io sono docile

Otello

  • 11 (13:37) Canzona e preghiera (Desdemona): Assisa a piè d'un salice... Deh! calma, o ciel, nel sonno

La Cenerentola

  • 12 (6:30) Rondo (Angelina): Nacqui all'affanno... Non più mesta

Personnel[1][edit | edit source]

Musical[edit | edit source]

  • Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano
  • Maurizio Mezzieri, baritone (second version, track 1)
  • Teresia Rieu, harp (first and third versions, track 2; second version, track 11)
  • Bas de Jong, clarinet (first and third versions, track 6; second version, track 7)
  • George Pieterson, basset-horn (first and third versions, track 8; second version, track 9)
  • Michel Perret, harpsichord (second version, tracks 1-3)
  • Pablo Loerkens, cello (second version, tracks 1-4)
  • Fritz Widmer, double bass (second version, tracks 1-4)
  • Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Edo de Waart, conductor
  • Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (second version, tracks 1-4}
  • Antal Dorati, harpsichord and conductor (second version, tracks 1-4)

Other[edit | edit source]

  • Wilhelm Hellweg, producer

Release history[edit | edit source]

In 1976, Philips released the first version of the album on a stereo LP (catalogue number 9500 098), with sleeve notes, texts and translations; a mistake wrongly credited the harpist Teresia Rieu with accompanying Angelina rather than Desdemona.[5] The album was also issued on cassette (catalogue number 7300 511).[12]

Philips issued the second version of the album on CD only (catalogue number 420 084-2), packaging the disc in a slipcase with a 44-page booklet of texts and translations and notes by J F. Mastroianni.[2] In 2005, PentaTone Classics issued the album as a 4-channel SACD (catalogue number 5186 158), with a 36-page booklet with texts and translations and notes by Jean Marie Geijsen and Franz Steiger.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Frederica von Stade sings Mozart and Rossini, PentaTone Classics SACD, 5186 158
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Frederica von Stade: Haydn, Mozart & Rossini, Philips CD, 420 084-2
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Haydn, Joseph: La fedeltà premiata, cond. Antal Dorati, Philips CD, 432 430-2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Haydn, Joseph: Il mondo della luna, cond. Antal Dorati, Philips CD, 432 420-2
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Frederica von Stade sings Mozart & Rossini Arias, Philips LP, 9500 098
  6. Gramophone, February 1977, pp. 1317-1318
  7. Stereo Review, May 1977, p. 113
  8. Time, 13 December 1976, p. 101
  9. The complete Penguin stereo record and cassette guide, Penguin 1984, p. 1374
  10. https://www.grammy.com/grammys/artists/frederica-von-stade-0
  11. Gramophone, December 1977, p. 1016
  12. Frederica von Stade sings Mozart & Rossini Arias, Philips MC, 7300 511


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