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Il Salotto

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Cendrillon
ORR212 (1 disc set)
Cendrillon

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Continuing the series of music written for the salon, we travel to France for a fascinating glimpse of one of the great figures of 19th-century music. More Info

Il primo dolce affanno
ORR230 (1 disc set)
Il primo dolce affanno... The first sweet pain

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In the seventh volume of its Il Salotto series, we decided to programme Liszt’s Petrarch Sonnets – but they do not appear in the conventional way. More Info

Il Sibilo
ORR219 (1 disc set)
Il Sibilo

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Il Sibilo (The Whisper) is the title of a popular mid 19th century weekly Neapolitan journal, which served not only to report on the literary, musical and theatrical news of the day, as did many of its competitors, but also, as the name suggests, filled its pages with news of society scandals and gossip in and around Naples. More Info

La Laitiere de Trianon
ORR245 (1 disc set)
La Laitière de Trianon

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This recording focuses on a single work designed for intimate performance: J B Wekerlin’s ‘opérette de salon’, La Laitière de Trianon (The Milkmaid of Trianon).

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La Partenza
ORR227 (1 disc set)
La Partenza

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One of the most delightful things about any Italian song is how it describes a problem in great detail, with the most vivid colours but, charmingly, you are not meant to get depressed by any of it. More Info

La Potenza d’Amore
ORR208 (1 disc set)
La Potenza d’Amore

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Throughout 19th-century Europe, one of the most important institutions of social and artistic life was the salon. Here Opera Rara presents the music enjoyed by Europeans at home nearly 200 years ago. More Info

La Rimembranza
ORR223 (1 disc set)
La Rimembranza

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The fifth volume in Opera Rara’s Il Salotto series explores the musical world of London and Milan. More Info

La Serenata
ORR242 (1 disc set)
La Serenata

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Throughout 19th-century Europe the drawing-rooms of fashionable hostesses (or occasionally, like Rossini, hosts) rang to the sound of high-quality music-making, especially when the performers, in the very best houses, were the great singers of the day. More Info

Les Soirees Italiennes
ORR206 (1 disc set)
Les Soirees Italiennes

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Throughout 19th-century Europe, one of the most important institutions of social and artistic life was the salon. Here Opera Rara presents the music enjoyed by Europeans at home nearly 200 years ago. These eight songs and four duets by Mercadante truly rival the more familiar Serate Musicale by Rossini. More Info

Notturno
ORR235 (1 disc set)
Notturno: Music for the Night

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One of the most inspired of Opera Rara’s recent initiatives has been a series exploring the more intimate world of the salon (salotto, in Italian) and the music written for this most sophisticated of social environments. More Info

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