Arias and Barcarolles

A production of  
  

Richard Rodney Bennett's Songs Before Sleep

On the program:

Richard Rodney Bennett - Songs before Sleep
1. The Mouse and the Bumble-bee
2. Wee Willie Winkie
3. Twinkle, twinkle little star
4. Baby, baby, naughty baby
5. As I walked by myself
6. There was an old woman

Jonathan Lemalu, bass-baritone; Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Hickox, conductor

Ottorino Respighi - From the song cycle Deità silvane ("Woodland Deities")
1. I fauni (the fauns);
3. Musica in horto (Music in the garden);
4. Acqua (Water)

Ingrid Attrot, soprano; BBC Philharmonic; Richard Hickox, conductor

(photo of Richard Rodney Bennett by Katie Vandyck, courtesy Chester Novello)
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ABOUT ARIAS AND BARCAROLLES

“You know, I liked that last piece you played; it's got a theme. I like music with a theme, not all them arias and barcarolles.”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower, speaking to Leonard Bernstein after a White House concert in 1960



Leonard Bernstein was so taken by President Eisenhower’s remark that 30 years later, he produced a song-cycle called "Arias and Barcarolles," with a theme Bernstein described as “The politics of love.”

Similarly inspired, Cathy Fuller lends her voice to the weekend with a program devoted to an exploration of song - and the art of the vocal recital. Perhaps with a Barcarolle or two!

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