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A Recital


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ANTONIO LOTTI was the first Vice Maestro di Cappella at St. Mark's (1692), and subsequently principal Maestro di Cappella ; he was a famous male contralto. He ranks high among composers, and although the last representative of the old severe school, he used modern harmonies with freedom and grace, expression and variety. He wrote operas, madrigals, and sacred music. This aria, Pur dicesti, perhaps the best known of what little is now heard of Lotti's work, has always been a favourite with prima donnas, and was very prominent in the repertory of Adelina Patti.
GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI was bom in 1710, and died of consumption at the age of twenty-six. In that very short life he composed a great deal of music, mainly for the church and for the stage ; little of it, however, has come down to us, for it is not all of equal merit. The most important works by which he is known are the delightful little opera La Serva Padrona and the Stabat Mater, a work that has always been held in Italy with the greatest regard. Of his songs one of the favourites is this ' Se tu m'ami'. Much of Pergolesi's charm lies in the sentimental beauty of his melodies.


Soprano: Elsie Suddaby
Violin: Jean Pougnet
Violin: G. Thalben-Ball

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