"Beltà crudele" is online
The first Amakheru Duo’s videoclip is online on Vimeo, Youtube and ClassicVoice TV. The video is based on the song “Beltà Crudele”: a chamber Aria for voice and piano composed by Gioachino Rossini in 1821 and published in its first printed edition for Girard in Naples in 1847. The text is a strophic song of the Baron of Santo Mango. The melody was particularly dear to the composer, who prepared several versions: in particular, the one proposed by Amakheru Duo is the closest to the first manuscript. This version presents considerable vocal difficulties, and has been enriched by the performers with “puntature” and cadenzas, in the typical spirit of the age.
The choice of the song is part of the project of rediscovery and revival of the Italian Belcanto chamber repertoire undertaken by Amakheru Duo.
Amakheru Duo is one of the first ensemble in the world that has produced a video clip based on a classic song and specifically a vocal and chamber one. The idea is to make available on the web an artistic product not only a musical one, accompanied by images that can evoke emotions and represent a fusion of different forms of art.
The video was set in the wonderful Palazzo d’Avalos in Vasto: a historic country house with an attached Neapolitan garden overlooking the town gulf. The story told in the video is about the discovery of an ancient edition of Rossini’s “Beltà Crudele”, brought back to light by the two artists and performed in the palace halls.
The video clip is dedicated to Adelina Patti, the legendary Soprano of the 19th century much admired by Rossini himself, and of which a painting is hosted in the Palazzo d’Avalos, and to Daniela Dessì, the last Italian Diva, who recently passed away and of which Simone Di Crescenzo was accompanist in recent years. The great singer and the young artists were bound by deep esteem and friendship, and the dedication of the video aims to be a tribute to her memory.