Waley-Cohen doesn't just produce a radiant, singing tone when letting the melody stream out, though she certainly did that, shaping Mendelssohn's opening solo like a song without words, and inflecting it with little portamenti
and tiny, natural touches of rubato.
And the voice must be able to crescendo and diminuendo on any given note, and there are also the trills, glissandi, portamenti
and so on that are necessary in Italian opera.
Elli [Amore] mi comandava molte volte che io cercasse per vedere questa angiola giovanissima, onde io ne la mia puerizia molte volte l'andai cercando, e vedeala di si nobili e laudabili portamenti
, che certo di lei si potea dire quella parola del poeta Omero: "Ella non parea figliuola d'uomo mortale, ma di deo.
That he succeeded in doing so was quite evident, and I'm willing to grant a waiver for Oliveira's rhythmic liberties, greater use of portamenti
than I like, and a few moments of less-than-perfect intonation.
Here the WNO woodwind in particular shone, while string portamenti
in the central trio added to the captivating rusticity of the movement.
Assegnasi le cause de'suoi rei portamenti
verso Santa Chiesa et soggiungonsi alcuni rimedij a tanti mali.
A facade of notational detail, he notes, may serve to obfuscate the significance of subtle unwritten aspects of performance--nuances such as portamenti
and ornamental vibrato--that were arguably essential to this past musical soundscape.
Styles are different: folk and Celtic twilight (Bax); laid-back, occasionally ambling, lyricism (Dyson); Bliss's hyperactive, colourful virtuosity (written for Anglo-Italian fiddler Alfredo Campoli) and Veale's almost Malcolm Arnold-like mixture of romanticism, the soloist's swooping portamenti
written into the score, and abrasiveness.