|CECILIA BARTOLI revisits the life and art of MARIA MALIBRAN||
|"...a violin obbligato for Bériot and a soprano one for La Malibran...?"|
scena ed aria
Because FELIX MENDELSSOHN explicitly intended the violin accompaniment for MALIBRAN's then lover CHARLES DE BÉRIOT*, Mendelssohn's sister FANNY quickly inferred that the voice part was inspired by MALIBRAN. Commissioned in 1832 for the London Philharmonic Society, this dramatic and richly orchestrated piece of German Romanticism in the end was never performed by either BÉRIOT or MALIBRAN. It received two performances in London in 1834 and 1836 and was never again played in the form adopted for this recording. The well-known MAXIM VENGEROV provides the violin accompaniment.
* The couple eventually married in 1836 following the annulment of Maria's marriage to Eugene Malibran.
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