Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mentre ti lascio, o figlia, aria for bass & orchestra, K. 513

    Description by Anne Feeney

    Mozart not only depicted Alexander the Great in his opera Il Re Pastore,

    but took this text from Sant'Angiolo-Morbilli's libretto to Paisiello's

    La disfatta di Dario (The Defeat of Darius), which takes as its storyline

    Alexander's conquest of Persia and the death of its king, Darius. The aria

    was written for Gottfied von Jacquin, a noted bass of the time.

    In this aria, Darius leaves his daughter, and sings of his terror and unhappiness

    at having to do so. The orchestral introduction, largely dominated by

    clarinets, is mournful, and the frequent pauses give it an air of

    hesitation, of someone trying to force himself to leave.

    The first part of the aria is slow-paced, as he sings "As I leave you, o

    daughter, my heart trembles in my breast. Ah, what a bitter parting! I

    feel, in my grief, madness and terror. I am leaving. You weep?" In this

    section, Darius' grief is mostly expressed by lines that move downward

    in pitch, but in the next section, as he longs for a moment more, and

    becomes more agitated, the pace quickens significantly, and his lines

    build up to high notes.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2014 Decca B002065902
    2014 Decca
    2012 Gramola GLA 98956
    2011 Myto Devotion / Myto Records MDCD 0006
    2011 Classics & Jazz / DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon / DG Deutsche Grammophon 001574102
    2011 Profil / Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler 10036
    2011 Preiser Records 93477
    2010 Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment 8869757143
    2008 Philips 4646602
    2007 Brilliant 93408
    2006 Decca 4757169
    2006 Philips
    2006 Philips
    2005 Preiser Records 93440
    2005 Preiser Records 89621
    2005 Brilliant 99731
    2005 Brilliant 92540
    2004 Preiser Records 90580
    2004 Novalis Classics 150731
    2003 DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 82876 55782-2
    2003 Orfeo 606031
    2002 Gala Records 594
    2001 Phoenix USA 133
    2001 Preiser Records 89538
    2000 Forlane 16562
    2000 Philips 464 880-2PB10
    1999 Myto Records 992206
    1997 Phoenix USA PHCD-133
    1997 RCA Victor Red Seal 09026 61428-2
    1997 London 455 241-2LC5
    1996 Preiser Records 89132
    1995 Gallo 816
    1995 Orfeo 401
    1995 Orfeo 408955
    1991 Philips 422523
    1991 Sony Music Distribution 45855
    Eugesang
    Warner Classics 62257
    Opera 54519
    Sony Music Distribution 45693
    ASV 609
    Arcade Music 302269
    Brilliant 92632
    Brilliant 93408/4
    Brilliant 99731/4
    Brilliant 92632/5
    Koch Schwann 314060
    Sony Classical 47211
    Sony Music Distribution 47211
    Preiser Records 90762