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

Composer(s)Banfield, Raffaello deBerg, Alban
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.111362
Label / Series Naxos Historical / Great Opera Recordings
Quality   320kbps
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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’.


Work/Track Title Time
BANFIELD, R. de: Lord Byron's Love Letter (Varnay, Ribla, Carruba, Carlin, Rome Academy Symphony, Rescigno) (1958) 1:06:34   
  Lord Byron's Love Letter          
      Scene 1: When are you going to learn how to play that piece? (Old Woman, Spinster) 6:34       
      Scene 2: Won't you come in? (Spinster, Matron, Old Woman) 6:13       
      Scene 2: Also he swam the Hellespont (Old Woman, Spinster, Matron) 3:34       
      Scene 3: Ah! Winston! Remove that silly hat! (Matron, Spinster, Old Woman, Husband) 5:43       
      Scene 4: We set out in the early morning for the Acropolis (Spinster, Old Woman) 3:47       
      Scene 4: Do you mind if I don't climb any higher? (Old Woman, Spinster, Matron) 9:07       
      Scene 4: Stop there! It's quite enough (Old Woman, Spinster, Matron, Husband) 5:18       
      Scene 4: Une saison enchantee! I mused. Beguiled (Spinster, Old Woman) 4:35       
      Scene 4: Mama, mama - you'll miss it! (Husband, Matron, Spinster, Old Woman) 1:32       
      Scene 5: Canaille! Canaille! Canaille! (Spinster, Old Woman) 4:26       
  Wozzeck, Op. 7 (excerpts)          
      Act I: Interlude - Military Music - Cradle Song: Soldaten, Soldaten sind schoner Burschen! 5:41       
      Act III: Aber die Pharisaer brachten ein Weib zu ihm 3:53       
      Act III: Ringel, Ringel, Rosenkranz 6:11       
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