Vincenzo Bellini, "L'abbandono"
Ricardo José Rivera, baritone; Enrique Mazzola, piano

In "L'abbandono" ("The abandonment"), a despondent young man addresses the breeze (why should it sigh when he's the only one who's allowed to sigh?), the flowers (they languish), and a bee (he should fly to the singer's beloved and implore her to return to him). Bellini structures the song in very distinct sections, rather than identical verses. The piano's opening moments are dark, with quiet, melancholy arpeggios. After a few quiet phrases from the singer, the song moves into an allegro, continuing at that brisk pace to the end. Bellini sets the song mainly in a minor key, but not exclusively. Considering the young man's feelings, at first hearing it seems surprising that the accompaniment turns lively, but the same thing is actually true in many of the most emotionally distressing moments for central characters in bel canto operas.

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Photos: Kyle Flubacker