Italian Traditional

Fenesta che (ca) lucive

    Description by Robert Cummings

    Fenesta che (ca) lucive is also often given as Fenesta ca lucive (The Shining Window or The Light in the Window). It uses a traditional Italian melody and text and predates 1835, the year it first appeared in print. The song is a dark one, whose text expresses a rather morbid love story: a young man learns that his sweetheart no longer awaits him at the "shining window" of her residence because she now "sleeps with death"; he then resigns himself to walks through the cemetery, waiting to die to be reunited with her. The melody is lovely in its soaring sadness, in its sense of deep sorrow. It is dramatic and richly romantic in its arch-shaped contour, conveying the kind of powerful emotions and distinctive melodic character that one might hear in a mid-nineteenth century aria from a tragic opera by a master. For all the tragedy in the song, though, the mood of the music never wallows in dark morbidity, focusing more on the elements of love than of death in the text. Those partial toward Italian folk and love songs will find Fenesta ca lucive a powerfully moving listening experience.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2013 Replay 4026
    2013 Urania 214
    2012 Alpha Productions ALPHA 532
    2011 EMI 5099972919224
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099945537
    2010 Preiser Records 89730
    2009 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099926488
    2008 Tactus 670001
    2008 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2008 Preludio 14475
    2007 EMI Classics 5044112
    2007 Decca 4758388
    2007 Decca 0010011
    2007 Decca 769922
    2007 Decca 4758377
    2007 Alba 243
    2006 DG Deutsche Grammophon B0006809
    2004 Disques Pierre Verany 796116
    2003 EMI Music Distribution 478346
    2001 Delos DS 3290
    2001 Delos DE 3290
    2000 Disky 70666
    2000 Philips 468121
    1999 Replay 4306
    1999 Sony Classical 66309
    1998 Phoenix Classics 98407
    1998 Testament 1152
    1997 Opera 54509
    1997 Testament 1097
    1997 EMI Angel / Capitol 5564262
    1996 EMI Music Distribution 69530
    1995 Ondine 403
    1995 Platinum Disc / Platinum Entertainment 7097
    1995 Phonographe 5035
    1994 Vanguard 79210
    1993 Testament 1019
    1993 Orfeo 75201
    1993 Pearl 3
    1986 London 417117
    Laserlight 14307
    Archiphon 117
    Iron Needle 1315
    Excelsior Recordings 4333
    Canaria 1759
    Aurophon Records 31496
    Kicco Classic 01695