Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis Ralph Vaughan Williams
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This Donizetti aria has all the hallmarks of a romantic classic. Donizetti was no stranger to a good comedy, but here the focus is very much on heartbreak - "A single secret tear from her eye did spring," is how it begins, and it gradually sees the narrator falling in love with the girl.