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.
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.