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Delibes: Lakme (Highlights) / Sutherland, Bonynge

Leo Delibes , Richard Bonynge , Monte Carlo Opera Chorus , Dame Joan Sutherland , Gabriel Bacquier , Gwenyth Annear , Alain Vanzo , Josephte Clement Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Delibes: Lakmé / Act 1 - Viens, Mallika, ... Dôme épais (Flower Duet)Richard Bonynge 6:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Delibes: Lakmé / Act 1 - Quand une femme est si jolie...Leur vertu bizarre manquMonica Sinclair 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Delibes: Lakmé / Act 1 - Prendre le dessin d'un bijou... Fantaisie aux divinsRichard Bonynge 6:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Delibes: Lakmé / Act 1 - Les fleurs me paraissent ... Pourquoi dans les grandsRichard Bonynge 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Delibes: Lakmé / Act 1 - D'ou viens-tu?...C'est le dieu de la jeunesseRichard Bonynge 8:42Album Only
listen  6. Delibes: Lakmé / Act 2 - Allons, avant que midi sonneMonica Sinclair 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Delibes: Lakmé / Act 2 - Lakmé, ton doux regard se voileGabriel Bacquier 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Delibes: Lakmé / Act 2 - Ah!...Où va la jeune Indoue (Bell Song)Gabriel Bacquier 7:59Album Only
listen  9. Delibes: Lakmé / Act 2 - Lakmé! Lakmé! C'est toi!Richard Bonynge 8:01Album Only
listen10. Delibes: Lakmé / Act 3 - Sous le ciel tout étoiléRichard Bonynge 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Delibes: Lakmé / Act 3 - Lakmé! Lakmé! qu'as-tu?...C'est lui! C'est lui!Gabriel Bacquier10:13Album Only

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  • Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland, Gabriel Bacquier, Gwenyth Annear, Alain Vanzo, Josephte Clement
  • Orchestra: Monte Carlo Opera Chorus
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Composer: Leo Delibes
  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000024756
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,567 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Delibes's opera Lakmé is full of gorgeous melodies, even if you don't count the coloratura sensation, the famous "Bell Song." That aria virtually demands a soprano of Sutherland's agility and ease, and it gets it here (this is the highlights version of Sutherland's complete recording). Even the few singers who can match her in the upper altitudes can't do it with a voice so rich and full. Sutherland's is a Lakmé beyond comparison with twittering, thin-voiced, coloratura specialists. She did make this recording at a time when her diction was mushy and her vocal lines sometimes drooped, so she's not beyond criticism. But revel in the voice; after all, Lakmé is a cardboard character, and the opera, for all its considerable charms, isn't another Ring cycle. Sutherland's colleagues are excellent too. Vanzo was one of the finest lyric tenors of his generation, and he's by far the best Gérald on disc. Jane Berbié and Gabriel Bacquier are also unmatched, and Bonynge's conducting is idiomatic and flowing. Add engineering from Decca/London's golden age of recording, and here's a Lakmé to treasure. --Dan Davis

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the perfect vehicle for Sutherland June 27, 2001
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I'm a fan of those great operas that for whatever reason aren't immediately thought of by the general public when asked to name an opera. So Lakme is no Carmen- it doesn't need to be. So the plot is paper-thin: that's what Verdi and Wagner are for. I was glad to hear Joan paired with another great soprano for the flower duet. Jane Berbie comes dangerously close to overshadowing Joan Sutherland, with her sultry, rich style.
I have one other recording of Joan Sutherland singing the Bell Song. It is on her Art of the Prima Donna CD. That rendition is slower, more technically precise, with less flourishes. On this recording of Lakme, she speeds it up considerably, with a few more flourishes.
A third highlight is her duet with Alain Vanzo, "Lakme! Lakme! C'est toi..." What a wonderful, wonderful pairing and performance. Curiously enough, this gorgeous duet isn't even mentioned on the back of the CD jewel case as one of the high points of this highlights package!
Not every "highlight" here will take your breath away, but if nothing else, you can push the repeat button, and listen to the meltingly beautiful flower song again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Beautiful Music October 23, 2000
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This incredible music moved me to tears and lifted my spirits to the heights. I heartily recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable voice November 5, 2006
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For those both familiar and unfamiliar with Sutherland's beautiful voice, this CD won't disappoint. It's a nice compilation. Sutherland's performance singing the "Flower Song" has got to be among the most beautiful musical experiences I know of. I bought myself one recently and one for a friend. I plan to buy more for Christmas presents!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delibes: Lakme - Sutherland May 13, 2007
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A brilliant rendition of Delibes: Lakme - runs about 13 minutes and every minute is a delight. Sutherland captures the full essence of the opera.
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