Giulio Caccini

Amarilli mia bella, for voice & continuo (from Le nuove musiche)

    Description by Anne Feeney

    This delicate arioso is not as melodic as many contemporary works, but rather shows off the phrasing ability of the singer and the interplay between the voice and the accompaniment. The accompaniment is generally a basso, but lute, harpsichord, and piano are some alternate instrumentations we find. The phrases are short, and generally quite discrete, each one for the most part building and subsiding to its own climax.

    The very last lines, with their repetition of "Amarilli, " are more closely linked than the preceding phrases, giving an increasing sense of urgency than the previous phrases. The work has become a favorite with young singers, as the range is tiny (only a ninth from the highest note to the lowest) but still provides a chance to show off control and phrasing.

    The text is somewhat exaggerated, "Amaryllis, my beauty, don't you believe, my heart's sweet desire, that you are my love? Believe it, and if doubt should strike you, take my arrow, open my chest, and see written on my heart, 'Amaryllis, my love, '" but the simplicity of the music rather "neutralizes" its silliness.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 Astree Naive E 8870
    2017 Vermeer VRM 40010
    2016 iTinerant Classics 3429
    2016 Arcana A 393
    2015 Brilliant Classics 95202BR
    2014 United Classics T 2CD2013028
    2014 Alpha 195
    2014 Glossa GCD 923501
    2013 ABC Classics 4810619
    2013 Archiv Produktion 002894791045AB55
    2013 Gala Records GL 100677
    2012 Chai-Lun Yueh Singing Studio
    2012 Alto 1180
    2012 Concerto / Zebralution
    2011 TimeArt® Recordings 10911
    2011 Berlin Classics 0300275BC
    2011 Indesens INDE 032
    2011 Decca
    2010 Preiser Records 89729
    2010 Wigmore Hall / Wigmore Hall Live 34
    2010 Preiser Records 93462
    2009 Vanguard Classics 197
    2009 SOMM SOMM083
    2009 SOMM 83
    2008 Relief 11035
    2008 Testament 1413
    2008 ABC Classics 4766496
    2008 DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88697281822
    2008 Thorofon Classics / Zebralution
    2008 Arts Music 47203
    2008 ECM 001133902
    2008 ECM / ECM New Series / Universal Classics & Jazz 4766397
    2008 Antes Edition / Zebralution
    2008 Decca 4780320
    2008 ABC Classics 4766808
    2008 Philips 4751562
    2008 Union Square Music / Union Squarte METRCD 229
    2007 Music Club Deluxe MCDLX 089
    2007 Philips 476244
    2007 Ambrosie AM 143
    2007 L'Oiseau-Lyre 452563
    2007 Preiser Records 89660
    2007 Divine Art 25040
    2006 Disques 21 21543
    2006 Finlandia
    2006 Musica Ficta 8003
    2006 London/Decca / Decca 000761902
    2005 ABC Classics 4768670
    2005 Sain SCDC 2095
    2005 DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 82876700382
    2005 Stilnovo 809252
    2005 Channel Classics 3705
    2005 Marquis Classics 81341
    2005 Naxos Historical 8110271
    2005 Naxos 8557538
    2004 Challenge Classics 75138
    2004 Warner Fonit 4663295
    2004 Hyperion 55162
    2004 Alpha Productions 508
    2004 Harmonia Mundi 290261/64
    2004 Vocalion 8105
    2004 ZYX Music / ZYX/Classic CLA10030-2
    2004 Inside Sounds 2901
    2003 RCA 63913
    2003 Preiser Records 89560
    2003 Tactus 500003
    2003 Philips 000150802
    2002 Campion Records 8001
    2002 Romophone 82023
    2002 Thorofon CTH-2470
    2002 Orfeo 556021
    2001 Finlandia 29713
    2001 Hungaroton 32007
    2001 Ambroisie 9902
    2001 Ambroisie 9901
    2001 Marc Aurel Edition 981
    2001 Harmonia Mundi HMX290 8001/15
    2000 Decca 4669172
    2000 Arts Music 47575
    2000 Campion Records 1345
    2000 D Classics 70665
    1999 Bridge 9087
    1999 Harmonia Mundi HMX2958001/5
    1999 Harmonia Mundi 2908033
    1998 Philips 456 543-2PH
    1998 Christophorus CHE 00952
    1998 Testament 1152
    1998 Marston 52008
    1998 Harmonia Mundi 290897
    1997 Telarc Distribution 80438
    1997 PGM Recordings PGM103
    1997 Harmonia Mundi HMX290 8001/5
    1997 Opera 54504
    1996 Supraphon 3027
    1996 Wildboar 9512
    1996 Telarc Distribution 80380
    1996 Telarc Distribution CD-80380
    1996 Dorian DOR-90236
    1995 London/Decca / London 448300
    1994 Harmonia Mundi 1901183
    1993 Channel Classics 2791
    1993 Dorian 90104
    1990 BMG 77164
    1987 Hyperion 66229
    Urban Bird Records 89858
    Philips 434173
    Nimbus 5395
    Challenge Classics 72100
    Musica Oscura 70988
    Acanta 43310
    Testament 1297
    Channel Classics 21305
    Arion 68046
    Bashkim Paçuku
    Preiser Records 90647
    Harmonia Mundi 2908001/01
    RCA 7807
    V&A
    Musica Oscura 280826
    Meridian Records 84316
    Et'Cetera 1901
    Robert Lischetti 8966
    King 135
    ECM 476 3101
    Polygone
    Manchester 151