Vincenzo De Crescenzo

Rondine al nido, romance for voice & piano (or orchestra)

    Description by Anne Feeney

    While written and performed as a song, this piece is almost more like an operatic aria, with its high intensity and vocal demands upon the singer. It requires ringing high notes and excellent breath control, and the melody is not immediately easy to grasp, though it is quite appealing.

    It begins calmly, with the orchestra imitating the swallow that the singer is watching, "Under the frame of the ancient tower, a friendly swallow has returned at the flowering of the almond tree. She returns each year, always on the same day, and she crosses mountains and seas in order to return." This almost conversational tone becomes an outburst of "Only love, when it has fled and gone away, you hope in vain, but it doesn't come back!" The next verse repeats this parrent, the lighter "In the sweet shdaows of the evening, springtime passes, swallows are singing while they fly about, drunk with light and air. And I am sad and alone, you do not cross mountains and seas in order to return!" Again, there is a passionate outburst, "My little one, you were my entire life, you have flown, but don't come back, you have flown, and do not come back!"

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Sony Classical / Sony Music Distribution 5063008
    2016 Sony Classical 88875183642
    2015 ZYX Classics CLA BOX 038
    2015 Decca B002350600
    2014 Decca 4808184
    2014 Decca
    2014 Urtext JBCC 226
    2012 Allegro Corporation BRV 9913
    2011 ATMA Classique ACD 22620
    2011 Opera D'Oro 6005
    2011 Decca 4782977
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099945569
    2010 Decca 2738173
    2010 Decca B0014399-00
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Preiser Records 90766
    2008 Sony Classical Essential Classics 88697220812
    2008 Decca 470010
    2008 Decca 0743221
    2007 Amado Classics 06000
    2007 Decca 4758387
    2007 Decca 0010008
    2007 Decca B0010210-09
    2007 Decca 4758377
    2007 Decca 0743189
    2006 Remember / ZYX / ZYX Music RMB 40072
    2005 Koch / Koch/Linus / Linus Entertainment 270068
    2005 Decca 000491702
    2005 Koch / Linus Entertainment 70055
    2004 Naxos Historical 8110265
    2004 Decca 071180
    2004 Romeo Entertainment / Roméo Records 7226
    2002 Immortal Performances 1002
    2002 Preiser Records 89555
    2001 London/Decca / Decca 470-050
    2001 Decca 4685002
    2001 Monopoly 2057
    2001 Silva America SILKD 6033
    2001 Decca 470000
    2001 Bongiovanni 25352
    2000 Replay 4050
    1999 IDIS 313
    1998 Phoenix Classics 98407
    1998 Laserlight 21132
    1996 Romophone 82004
    1996 The Radio Years / Radio Years 59
    1995 Nimbus 7874
    1995 London 444450
    1993 Past 9776
    1993 Time/Life Music 13706
    1991 Castle Music Ltd. 228
    1990 London 411959
    1990 EMI Classics CHS 7633902
    1990 London 4304332
    1990 Decca 444000
    1988 CBS Records 44816
    Arkadia 801
    Laserlight 14307
    London 444538
    London 30433
    Kicco Classic 64
    Aurophon Records 31496
    Pearl 9915
    Amado Classics 06006
    Sony Music 488279
    Grammofono 2000 78559
    VER 474560
    Edel Records 2803
    Fonit-Cetra Italia 58
    London 443220
    Sonart 8003
    Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 587
    London 30433
    Exceed 50056
    Adelmo Guidarelli