Vincenzo Bellini

Torna vezzosa Fillide, for soprano & piano

    Description by Rita Laurance

    Torna vezzosa Fillide was composed in Milan, between the years 1827 and 1833. It is set in three movements, and is a dramatic depiction in an Arcadian setting. The operatic piano introduction gives no hint of the bucolic setting, but introduces the song as if it were a staged aria, giving hints of the music to come. The interaction between piano and voice that follows is filled with energy, and reuses material from the opening. As the poetry sings of the heart having "no peace," the music becomes unsettled and intense. The verses sing of Fillide's suffering, and the suffering of her lover. The prominent accompaniment is filled with agitation and drama. The vocal material of the central section is embellished in triplets and sixteenths. Finally the distraught finale is set up. With the stormy sea in the background, the singer despairs of ever seeing his beloved again. She is surely drowned, and her lover rants in his madness.

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2016
    Capriccio Records
    C 3005
    2015
    Deutsche Grammophon
    B002362802
    2010
    Decca / Universal Distribution
    4803997
    2009
    Decca
    4781380
    2009
    Decca
    4171380
    2009
    Decca
    2006
    Naxos
    8557779
    2006
    EMI Music Distribution
    86503
    2005
    Stilnovo
    809253
    2003
    Naxos
    8557269
    2000
    Dynamic
    271
    1997
    London
    455513
    1997
    London
    478 138-0
    1997
    Collins Classics
    15072
    Hungaroton
    12423