Di notte, il mio amore canta.
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Here now, for your aural delight, is the entirety of the first ever solo recital by Nicole Stellino. Recorded live at Von Kuster Hall at the University of Western Ontario, Saturday March 7th, 2009.
Featuring brilliant accompaniment on piano by Suzy Smith, and music by:
Guiseppe Verdi, “6 Romanze”
Verdi (1813-1901) was an Italian composer in the Post-Romantic period, and wrote a series of six romantic songs based on the work of poets. The three songs (out of six) represented here are from poems by Andrea Maffei. Tracks 1-3.
Francis Poulenc, “Air Chantes”
Poulenc (1899-1963) was a French Modern composer, and here he arranged these piano compositions to suit works by the Greek poet Jean Moréas, who wrote primarily in French. Tracks 4-7.
Alban Berg, “Sieben Frühe Lieder” (Seven Early Songs)
Berg (1885-1935) was an Austrian Modern composer, and wrote his Seven Early Songs between 1905 and 1908, though they didn’t get published until 1928. Nicole chose five of these seven for her recital. Tracks 8-12.
Henri Duparc, selected mélodies
Duparc (1899-1963) was a French Romantic composer. Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, he went blind, and destroyed almost all of his work. Tracks 13-16.
Louis Andriessen, “Beatles Songs”
Louis Andriessen (b. 1939) is a Dutch Contemporary composer currently living in Amsterdam. He arranged these four songs by the Beatles for female voice and piano, adapting the style of a different classical composer for each piece. Tracks 17-20.
William Bolcom, “Toothbrush Time”
William Bolcom (b. 1938) is an American Contemporary composer, born in Seattle. He is married to mezzo-soprano Joan Morris, with whom he has recorded more than 20 albums. Track 21.