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BANFIELD, R. de: Lord Byron's Love Letter (Varnay, Ribla, Carruba, Carlin, Rome Academy Symphony, Rescigno) (1958)


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BANFIELD, R. de: Lord Byron's Love Letter (Varnay, Ribla, Carruba, Carlin, Rome Academy Symphony, Rescigno) (1958)

The RCA Victor recording of Raffaello de Banfield’s 1955 opera Lord Byron’s Love Letter is a true rarity, remaining in their catalogue for only a short time and never reissued on CD before now. Based on a Tennessee Williams play set in late 19th-century New Orleans during the Mardi Gras, it revolves around an eccentric old lady, lost in the past, who displays to visitors an old love letter for money, purportedly by the rakish English poet. The opera was praised by Time magazine for its ‘vocal beauty’.

Banfield, Raffaello de
Williams, Tennessee, lyricist(s)

  Lord Byron's Love Letter
1.   Scene 1: When are you going to learn how to play that piece (Old Woman, Spinster) 00:06:34
2.   Scene 2: Won't you come in (Spinster, Matron, Old Woman) 00:06:13
3.   Scene 2: Also he swam the Hellespont (Old Woman, Spinster, Matron) 00:03:34
4.   Scene 3: Ah! Winston! Remove that silly hat! (Matron, Spinster, Old Woman, Husband) 00:05:43
5.   Scene 4: We set out in the early morning for the Acropolis (Spinster, Old Woman) 00:03:47
6.   Scene 4: Do you mind if I don't climb any higher (Old Woman, Spinster, Matron) 00:09:07
7.   Scene 4: Stop there! It's quite enough (Old Woman, Spinster, Matron, Husband) 00:05:18
8.   Scene 4: Une saison enchantee! I mused. Beguiled (Spinster, Old Woman) 00:04:35
9.   Scene 4: Mama, mama - you'll miss it! (Husband, Matron, Spinster, Old Woman) 00:01:32
10.   Scene 5: Canaille! Canaille! Canaille! (Spinster, Old Woman) 00:04:26

Berg, Alban
Buchner, Georg, lyricist(s)

  Wozzeck, Op. 7 (excerpts)
11.   Act I: Interlude - Military Music - Cradle Song: Soldaten, Soldaten sind schoner Burschen! 00:05:41
12.   Act III: Aber die Pharisaer brachten ein Weib zu ihm 00:03:53
13.   Act III: Ringel, Ringel, Rosenkranz 00:06:11

Total Playing Time: 01:06:34

Banfield, Raffaello de; Berg, Alban

Buchner, Georg; Williams, Tennessee

Ormandy, Eugene; Rescigno, Nicola

Philadelphia Orchestra; Rome Academy Symphony Orchestra

Carlin, Mario; Carruba, Nicoletta; Ribla, Gertrude; Varnay, Astrid

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Opera Recordings

Genre: Opera

Period: 20th Century; Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.111362

Barcode: 747313336227

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Physical Release: 02/2011

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