Girolamo Crescentini (1762-1846)

The musician Girolamo Crescentini was a very well-known figure in the greatest theatres both in Italy and abroad, at the end of the 18th century. He had started out as a castrato singer, but at the beginning of the 19th century he had already become singing teacher to the imperial family and court composer in Paris.
After returning to Italy, he was appointed principal of the Conservatories of Bologna, Rome and Naples. One of his pupils was the famous Isabella Colbran, Rossini”s favourite singer.
This recording contains a monographic collection of 6 cantatas and 18 arias for voice and fortepiano composed in Paris in 1810, and a collection of 6 arias composed for the Queen of Holland.
These pieces, which have a classical form and are based on texts by Metastasio, show musical characteristics that range from late Classicism to early Romanticism, with a certain influence of Mittel-European lied music, particularly in the piano part.
The vocal writing is a real summary of the art of Bel Canto, and its qualities reveal the composer”s vocal and compositional mastery. With this collection, as well as with his many books of singing exercises, Crescentini was actually laying the foundations for the glories of two centuries of Italian opera singing.


1. Il sogno 10:59
2. Il primo amore 9:13
3. É pur soave amore 2:12
4. Nice verrà quell’ora 2:11
5. Quel cor che mi prometti 2:56
6. Or che la notte invita 2:15
7. Ch’io mai vi possa 2:44
8. Sino all’ultimo momento 5:30
9. La scusa 11:50
10. Il ritorno 15:54
11. Povero cor 1:34
12. Ti lascio mia vita 2:30
13. Ore spietate 1:50
14. Se tu m’ami 1:17
15. Oh teneri piaceri 2:02
16. Numi se giusti siete 4:39
1. Amor timido 10:08
2. La gelosia 9:30
3. Fra tanti palpiti 1:27
4. Son lungi e non mi brami 2:01
5. Languir d’amore 2:44
6. Mio ben ricordati 1:07
7. Dal dì ch’io ti mirai 1:32
8. Spine voi che germogliate 5:24
9. Sino all’ultimo momento 2:27
10. Alma dell’alma mia 2:06
11. Quando sarà quel dì 2:19
12. Mi lagnerò tacendo 3:04
13. Deh frena le lagrime 2:30
14. Che chiedi, che brami 2:59
  • Composer: Girolamo Crescentini (1762-1846)
  • Performers: Marina Comparato, mezzosoprano · Gianni Fabbrini, fortepiano
  • Historical Period: Classicism
  • Code: TC 760390
  • Edition: September 2012
  • Barcode: 8007194200201
  • Set: 1
  • Total duration: 02:08:41
  • Notes: 2 cd2 cds
  • Texts: Cantatas and Ariettas for Voice and Fortepiano

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