The Music of Semiramide: Set


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The Music of Semiramide & Semiramide. La Signora Regale  Set
Arias from 18th & 19th centuries
for Soprano/Mezzo-soprano + Audio CD
Composers: Händel, Porpora, Rossini, Meyerbeer
Poetry: Zeno, Metastasio, Rossi
Critical revision by Alessandro Monga & Davide Verga 
Reductions for Voice and Piano Giulia Lorusso



The Music of Semiramide   de Luxe Vocal score

The elegant volume presents in first modern edition (and largely in first edition in absolute) thirteen Arias, in a reduction for Voice and Piano, from Operas of the 18th and 19th centuries dedicated to the fascinating personality of Semiramide. The publication is accompanying, in this rediscovering activity, the recording of Semiramide. La Signora regale (©2014 DHM-Sony), winner of The International Opera Award 2015.
     Besides giving birth to an exciting musical journey on the traces of historical and human personality of the first Queen of the Orient, this collection is of a significant importance from a musicological point of view. In fact the publication of the scene from La morte di Semiramide – attributed to Sebastiano Nasolini and sung by Isabella Colbran in Naples in August 1815 – in which are contained large sections composed by Gioachino Rossini completely unknown before the mentioned recording Semiramide. La Signora regale (2014), is testifying de facto – albeit in disguise – Gioachino Rossini’s debut in Naples in an antecedent date compared to the one always believed. The same importance for the historian as the performer assumes, furthermore, the publication of the first version of the rossinian «Bel raggio lusinghier», reconstructed directly from the autograph manuscript of Semiramide, preserved today in Venice.
     Between the copious and particularly beautiful musical pages proposed in the volume (that consent also to bring to light composers today unjustly forgotten as Bernasconi, Bertoni or Borghi and, at the same time, to discover jewels less known by celebrated Porpora, Caldara, Händel, Jommelli and Paisiello), are indicated the intense cavatina «Son infelice, son sventurata», that has been discovered to have been written by Girolamo Crescentini, as well as «Al mio pregar t’arrendi» from Semiramis by Manuel García (Ciudad de México, 1828), “saved” from a state of serious deterioration that has made almost illegible the autograph manuscript.
     A rich historical Preface and an extremely detailed Appendix by musicologist Davide Verga, compliment the edition.

Index of Arias

    Vanne fido, e al mesto regno
  • Antonio Caldara SEMIRAMIDE IN ASCALONA (1725)
    Povera navicella
  • Georg Friedrich Händel - Leonardo Vinci SEMIRAMIDE RICONOSCIUTA [pasticcio] (1733)
    Fuggi dagl'occhi miei
  • Niccolò Jommelli SEMIRAMIDE RICONOSCIUTA (1742)
    Barbaro, non dolerti ... Tradita, sprezzata
  • Andrea Bernasconi SEMIRAMIDE (1765)
    Ah, non è vano il pianto
  • Ferdinando Bertoni SEMIRAMIDE RICONOSCIUTA (1767)
    Non so se più t'accendi
  • Giovanni Paisiello LA SEMIRAMIDE IN VILLA (1772)
    Serbo in seno il cor piagato
  • Giovanni Battista Borghi LA MORTE DI SEMIRAMIDE (1791)
    Figlio diletto e caro
  • Anonimo / Girolamo Crescentini LA MORTE DI SEMIRAMIDE (1815)
    Fuggi, togli quel volto ... Son infelice, son sventurata
  • Sebastiano Nasolini / Marcos A. Portugal / Gioachino Rossini LA MORTE DI SEMIRAMIDE (1815)
    Fermati! Il ciel minaccia! ... Sconsigliata che fo ... Qual pallor? Qual tema? Ardire! 
  • Giacomo Meyerbeer SEMIRAMIDE RICONOSCIUTA (1819/1820)
    Più non si tardi ... Il piacer, la gioia scenda
  • Gioachino Rossini SEMIRAMIDE (1823)
    Serena i vaghi rai ... Bel raggio lusinghier
  • Manuel García SÉMIRAMIS (1828)
    Già il perfido discese ... Al mio pregar t'arrendi

  • For female voices
  • Vocal extension: A2 - C5
  • Vocal difficulty level: ❍❍❍
  • Piano difficulty level: ❍❍/❍❍❍

Semiramide. La Signora Regale  CD

A fascinating selection of music dealing with Semiramis, the historical and legendary Queen.
Fifteen rare opera arias & scenes from 18th century until 19th century, most of them never recorded before: the very first version of Bel raggio lusinghier by Rossini and a previously unknown Preghiera by Manuel García, first Almaviva in Rossini's Barbiere and father of the well-known opera singers Maria Malibran and Pauline Viardot-García.
The Album includes the famous scene from 'La morte di Semiramide' (attributed to Sebastiano Nasolini), sang by Isabella Colbran in August 1815 (Naples, Teatro San Carlo), in which are contained large sections composed by Gioachino Rossini, completely unknown before this recording was released in 2014.

CD Track Listing and Bonus Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Antonio Caldara
    Semiramide in Ascalona | 1725
    Introduzione *
  2. Antonio Caldara
    Semiramide in Ascalona | 1725
    Povera navicella *
  3. Nicola Porpora
    Semiramide regina dell'Assiria | 1724
    Vanne fido, e al mesto regno *
  4. Niccolò Jommelli
    Semiramide riconosciuta | 1741
    Barbaro… Tradita, sprezzata *
  5. Andrea Bernasconi
    Semiramide | 1765
    Ah non è vano il pianto *
  6. Tommaso Traetta
    Semiramide | 1765
    Il pastor se torna aprile *
  7. Giovanni Paisiello
    La Semiramide in villa | 1772
    Serbo in seno il cor piagato *

Disc 2

  1. Francesco Bianchi
    La vendetta di Nino | 1790
    Sinfonia *
  2. Giovan Battista Borghi
    La morte di Semiramide | 1791
    Figlio diletto e caro *
  3. Sebastiano Nasolini
    La morte di Semiramide | 1792
    Fermati! Il ciel minaccia… Deh sospedi ai pianti miei… Serbo ancora un’alma altera *
  4. Charles-Simon Catel
    Semiramis | 1802
    Dance No. 2 *
  5. Giacomo Meyerbeer
    Semiramide | 1819
    Piu non si tardi… Il piacer, la gioia scenda
  6. Gioachino Rossini
    Semiramide | 1823
    Serena i vaghi rai… Bel raggio lusinghier */**
  7. Manuel García
    Semiramis | 1828
    Gia il perfido discese… Al mio pregar t'arrendi *

Bonus Track CD:

  • Händel/Vinci
    Semiramide riconosciuta | 1729/33
    Fuggi dagl’occhi miei *

  • * world premiere recording
  • ** world historical premiere

A Consonarte production for DHM/Sony Music Entertainment
Concept and Researches: Anna Bonitatibus & Davide Verga
2CDs - Made in EU

Interpreters: Anna Bonitatibus
                    La Stagione Armonica - Choir
                    Accademia degli Astrusi
                    Federico Ferri


Additional Information

Additional Information

Publisher © 2015 Consonarte © 2014 Sony DHM
Catalogue No. AB 234 CP, CD
Format Paper
Language Italian / English
Pages 140
Dimensions 310mm x 230mm
Score Weight 525 gr.
ISMN 979-0-708148-25-8 SET
EAN/UPC 8 87254 79862 0 SET
Number of CDs 2

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