The Vocal Scene with George Jellinek: Nightingales

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Nightingales have long been an inspiration for generations of writers, poets and musicians. George Jellinek explores how operatic composers have represented the nightingale’s song with bird-like coloratura music.

Program details:

Gounod: Romeo and Juliette, "Nightingale," duet Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna.

Weldon: "The Wakeful Nightingale," Emy Ameling.

Handel: "Il Penseroso," Elizabeth Schwarzkopf.

Rameau: Hippolyte e Aricie, "Rossignols Amoureux," Alma Gluck.

Saint-Saens: "The Nightingale and the Rose," Rita Streich.

Roussel: Rossignol, "mon mignon Yolanda Marcoulescou," Robert Goodberg flute.

Granados: Goyescas, aria sung by Victoria de losAngeles.

Zeller: Die Vogelhandler, "Nightingale Song," Elisabeth Schumann.

Brahms: "Nachtigall," Elisabeth Schumann.

Rimsky-Korsakov: "The Nightingale and the Rose" Rosa Ponselle.

Alexander Alyabyev: "The Nightingale," Alla Solonkova.

Eric Coates: “Bird Songs at Eventide,” Robert White, tenor; Stephen Hough, piano.

Haydn Wood: “A Brown Bird Singing,” Robert White, tenor; Stephen Hough , piano.