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Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore

Gaetano Donizetti , Richard Bonynge , English Chamber Orchestra , Luciano Pavarotti , Joan Sutherland , Ambrosian Opera Chorus , Dominic Cossa , Maria Casula Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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listen  1. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore - Overture (Preludio)Richard Bonynge 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Bel conforto"Richard Bonynge 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Quanto è bella"Richard Bonynge 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Benedette queste carte!" - "Della crudele Isotta"Richard Bonynge 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - Marcia..."Come Paride vezzoso"Richard Bonynge 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Or se m'ami, come io t'amo...Intanto, o mia ragazza"Richard Bonynge 5:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Una parola..chiedi all'aura"Richard Bonynge 9:21Album Only
listen  8. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Che vuol dire codesta suonata?"Richard Bonynge 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Udite, udite, o rustici" - "Così chiaro"Spiro Malas 8:01Album Only
listen10. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Ardir! Ha forse il cielo"Spiro Malas0:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Voglio dire, lo stupendo...Va mortale fortunatoSpiro Malas 7:39Album Only
listen12. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Caro elisir! Sei mio!"Richard Bonynge 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Lallarallara...Chi è mai quel matto?"Richard Bonynge 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Esulti pur la barbara"Richard Bonynge 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Tran, tran, tran, tran - In guerra ed in amor"Richard Bonynge 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Signor sargente"Richard Bonynge 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Adina credimi...Fra lieti concenti"Richard Bonynge 8:15Album Only
listen  2. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - Introduzione - "Cantiamo, cantiam" - "Poichè cantarvi alletta"Spiro Malas 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Barcaruola a due voci...Io son ricco e tu sei bella""Spiro Malas 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Silenzo!..."Le feste nuziale"Spiro Malas 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "La donna è un animale...Venti scudi"Richard Bonynge 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Ai perigli della guerra...qua la mano giovinotto"Richard Bonynge 7:15Album Only
listen  7. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Saria possibile?"Richard Bonynge 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Dell'elisir mirabile" - "E bellissima"Spiro Malas 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Io già m'immagino" - "Come sen va contento!"Spiro Malas 5:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Quanto amore!" - "Una tenera occhiatina"Spiro Malas 7:52Album Only
listen11. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Una furtiva lagrima...Eccola!"Richard Bonynge 6:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Prendi; per me sei libero"Richard Bonynge11:17Album Only
listen13. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - Alto! Fronte!Spiro Malas 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Ei corregge ogni difetto"Spiro Malas 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Dominic Cossa, Maria Casula
  • Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041QD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This appealing opera about Nemorino (Pavarotti), a poor young Italian peasant, hopelessly in love with Adina (Sutherland), daughter of a wealthy landowner, has a wealth of comic incidents, mostly based on the character of Dr. Dulcamara, a traveling huckster of patent medicines who sells Nemorino a bottle of wine on the pretext that it is a love potion. It also has some of the most gorgeous melodies of all time, including the tenor favorite "Una furtiva lagrima," and a sentimental happy ending that brings out the best in Sutherland's temperament. The singing is gorgeous (this may go into history as Pavarotti's finest recording), and Sutherland elaborates the vocal line and even uses unfamiliar variations in the text that date back to Donizetti's lifetime. The comedy is handled reasonably if not exceptionally well. --Joe McLellan

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's Nothing Else Remotely Like This October 28, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This unmatchable recording of L'Elisir d'Amore is one of the few examples of absolute perfection in a musical recording... it could even be THE most perfect recording of any opera ever recorded. Not a note, not a tempo, not a characterization is anything less than exactly what you dreamed it should be. Pavarotti and Sutherland were never better, and that's saying alot for two of the most stunning, brain-dazzling voices of the century. Luckily for us, their voices were at their golden peak at the same time. Sutherland is particularly blessed here with the character of Adina... her knock-out coloratura soprano, in other recordings, is not always able to convey real depth of emotion. Here, however, she's found her niche... the haughty, well-educated, and uncommitting flirt whose cold, sometimes cruel, heart melts under Nemorino's ardent innocence is exactly right for Sutherland's intellectual voice... and she acts up a storm. Her version is too smart to be a heartless minx... she is seriously hard to catch; a real woman who knows her self worth... but who forgets to note the worth in others. Very few sopranos even attempt the final soaring cabaletta after Adina's ecstatic confession of love (with Pavarotti's Nemorino perfectly bewildered and stammering); most recordings skip it. But Sutherland makes the difficult trills and extended high notes sound like child's play; there's nowhere her voice can't go and she makes sure you know it. And Pavarotti simply can't be stopped from making every musical line float with lyric beauty. You almost wish Nemorino could keep anguishing in unrequited love just to have Pavarotti wring your heart forever as only he can. He and Sutherland keep stealing every scene from each other and together, in combined harmony, they are thrillingly sensuous. Read more ›
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best! June 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is the most magnificent recording of this opera ever to be produced. Dating from two recording session in 1972, London/Decca brought back to the studio the most successful bel canto trio to have made recordings.
It is immediatly apparent from the first moments of the Overture, that Bonynge has a real feeling for the drama, beauty, and fun that is in the score. His tempos are often on the more expansive side, but they are always crisp, and very raely does one wish for a faster reading.
In fact, the unusually slow (but not sluggish) speed for the Act II duet "Venti Scudi" allows the full glory of Pavarotti's voice to shine through, his command of legato and smooth, rich velvety tone made more imprssive than in a more clipped speed. Something else that comes through so well on this recording is Pavarotti's perfect use of tone color and shading, along with his magical use of language to express every emotion so distinctly, that one could even understand the Italian without the Libretto!
Dame Joan is another matter, however. While her top notes (notably the high D's) show no sign of wear and tear, her upper-middle register does very slightly. It is interesting that just three years before this recording, she made what is arguably the greatest recording of her life in La Fille Du Regiment, with many of the same cast members. There, her tone was unimaginably bright and sheer, with nearly every syllable well articulated, something she usually had trouble doing. Here, she covers many consanants with an open vowel-like sound, to produce a magnificent tone, to be sure, but a warmer, older sounding one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but... November 8, 2007
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Buy this recording for Pavarotti; it is one of his best performances on record. However, There are other better overall recordings. Sutherland comes across as too old and matronly for Adina, and Bonynge's conducting is absolutely dull and lifeless. Malas and Cossa are just OK.

If you really want to hear how this opera should be performed, get di Stefano's recording on Decca with Gueden, Capecchi, Corena, and Molinari-Pradelli conducting. Or, if you don't mind a live recording with decent quality stereo sound, get Bergonzi's recording with Scotto, Taddei, Cava, and Gavazzeni conducting. Both these recordings were a revelation for me after learning the opera many years ago with the Pavarotti/Sutherland version.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, very good December 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is indeed a very good recording of Donizetti's comic masterpiece. Pavarotti's singing is simply marvelous. Sutherland is a fine Adina... her singing is fresh and beautiful, despite her age. Bonynge did a splendid job conducting.
The recording is not without flaws though. Malas fits the role of Dulcamara quite well, but his timing is off at times. The quality of his voice, however, is very agreeable. Cossa is mediocre Belcore, his voice sounding rather weak at times...especially in the finale.
Don't misunderstand me; Pavarotti and Sutherland's magnificent singing alone makes this recording well worth the money. I think many reviewers are overexaggerating this recordings weak points, while down playing its finest qualities. I say, try it... chances are, you'll like it. =)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pavarotti reigns supreme!
Without a doubt, Joan Sutherland is a 'real' expert of coloratura singing. If only those so-called coloratura sopranos nowadays have but 60% of her prowess and skill, our ears will... Read more
Published on February 21, 2007 by Abert
5.0 out of 5 stars Best L'Elisir
This is a wonderful recording of "L'Elisir D'Amore" by Donizetti. Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland are excellent as always and this recording has more life than others. Read more
Published on June 3, 2006 by Jack D. McNamara
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect elixir
Solid singing by all! Pavarotti in top form. Sutherland , a marvel. Fine singing/acting by Cossa and Malas.
Published on August 23, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually the best and most exciting version out there
There may be flaws in this recording. Maybe Sutherland's diction isn't as perfect as some would have it. Read more
Published on April 25, 2002 by BDSinC
4.0 out of 5 stars Good performance, one serious flaw.
While overall this is an excellent performance with good sound, there is one serious flaw which will keep it from being just about anyone's first choice. Read more
Published on September 15, 2001 by "burlhorn"
3.0 out of 5 stars Pavarotti at his best...but not much else.
Pavarotti was born to sing Donizetti, his secure, silvery delivery is a model of its kind. His touching, vulnerable Nemorino must be next to Rodolfo, one of his best roles. Read more
Published on September 7, 2000 by Isabella Channel
2.0 out of 5 stars Pity about Pavarotti
Sure, Luciano is very good, he was in his prime and Nemorino suits his personality, but dear, everything else is grotesque. Read more
Published on December 2, 1999 by Gerardo Cabrera Munoz
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravi
I can't believe this. In this recording, Pavorotti almost outsings Sutherland, who in my opinion and most other opera fans, was the vocal wonder of the opertic world! Read more
Published on June 17, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Best performance available of this opera
This performance was originally released in 1971. Pavarotti's voice was at its peak during this period. Read more
Published on November 27, 1998
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