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listen  1. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore - Overture (Preludio)English Chamber Orchestra and Richard Bonynge 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Bel conforto"Ambrosian Opera Chorus and English Chamber Orchestra and Maria Casula and Richard Bonynge 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Quanto è bella"Ambrosian Opera Chorus and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Casula and Richard Bonynge 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Benedette queste carte!" - "Della crudele Isotta"Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Dame Joan Sutherland and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Casula and Richard Bonynge 5:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - Marcia..."Come Paride vezzoso"Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Dame Joan Sutherland and Dominic Cossa and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Casula and Richard Bonynge 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Or se m'ami, come io t'amo...Intanto, o mia ragazza"Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Dame Joan Sutherland and Dominic Cossa and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Casula and Richard Bonynge 5:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Una parola..chiedi all'aura"Dame Joan Sutherland and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Richard Bonynge 9:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Che vuol dire codesta suonata?"Ambrosian Opera Chorus and English Chamber Orchestra and Richard Bonynge 1:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Udite, udite, o rustici" - "Così chiaro"Ambrosian Opera Chorus and English Chamber Orchestra and Richard Bonynge and Spiro Malas 8:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Ardir! Ha forse il cielo"English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Richard Bonynge and Spiro Malas0:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Voglio dire, lo stupendo...Va mortale fortunatoEnglish Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Richard Bonynge and Spiro Malas 7:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Caro elisir! Sei mio!"English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Richard Bonynge 1:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Lallarallara...Chi è mai quel matto?"Dame Joan Sutherland and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Richard Bonynge 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Esulti pur la barbara"Dame Joan Sutherland and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Richard Bonynge 5:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Tran, tran, tran, tran - In guerra ed in amor"Dame Joan Sutherland and Dominic Cossa and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Richard Bonynge 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Signor sargente"Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Dame Joan Sutherland and Dominic Cossa and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Casula and Richard Bonynge 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 1 - "Adina credimi...Fra lieti concenti"Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Dame Joan Sutherland and Dominic Cossa and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Casula and Richard Bonynge 8:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - Introduzione - "Cantiamo, cantiam" - "Poichè cantarvi alletta"Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Dame Joan Sutherland and Dominic Cossa and English Chamber Orchestra and Maria Casula and Richard Bonynge and Spiro Malas 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Barcaruola a due voci...Io son ricco e tu sei bella""Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Dame Joan Sutherland and English Chamber Orchestra and Richard Bonynge and Spiro Malas 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Silenzo!..."Le feste nuziale"Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Dame Joan Sutherland and Dominic Cossa and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Casula and Richard Bonynge and Spiro Malas 4:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "La donna è un animale...Venti scudi"Dominic Cossa and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Richard Bonynge 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Ai perigli della guerra...qua la mano giovinotto"Dominic Cossa and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Richard Bonynge 7:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Saria possibile?"Ambrosian Opera Chorus and English Chamber Orchestra and Maria Casula and Richard Bonynge 4:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Dell'elisir mirabile" - "E bellissima"Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Dame Joan Sutherland and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Casula and Richard Bonynge and Spiro Malas 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Io già m'immagino" - "Come sen va contento!"Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Dame Joan Sutherland and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Casula and Richard Bonynge and Spiro Malas 5:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Quanto amore!" - "Una tenera occhiatina"Dame Joan Sutherland and English Chamber Orchestra and Richard Bonynge and Spiro Malas 7:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Una furtiva lagrima...Eccola!"Dame Joan Sutherland and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Richard Bonynge 6:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Prendi; per me sei libero"Dame Joan Sutherland and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Richard Bonynge11:17Album Only
listen13. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - Alto! Fronte!Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Dame Joan Sutherland and Dominic Cossa and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Casula and Richard Bonynge and Spiro Malas 1:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Ei corregge ogni difetto"Ambrosian Opera Chorus and Dame Joan Sutherland and Dominic Cossa and English Chamber Orchestra and Luciano Pavarotti and Richard Bonynge and Spiro Malas 2:29$1.29  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: #137,298 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1999
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 By John C. Wood on 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 By Jay Adeff on 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 By Michael J. Mallon on December 13, 2001
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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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