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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor Box set, Import

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This was Joan Sutherland's second recording of Lucia, made with an all-star cast in prime vocal condition, and it is a must for those who believe that bel canto opera should live up to its descriptive title: "beautiful singing." In the 10 years since her first Lucia recording, she had settled more comfortably into the character and become even more expert in the music. Her costars are among the greatest singers of our time, a point that is particularly important in the ensemble singing. Maria Callas is more dramatic, and her Lucia is a must for Callas fans, but this set is a joyful celebration of the glory of the human voice. In purely musical terms it is the best-sung Lucia on record. --Joe McLellan


Disc: 1
1. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 1, prelude: 'Percorrete le spiaggie vicine'
2. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 1: 'Tu sei turbato!'
3. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 1: 'Cruda, funesta smania'
4. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 1: 'La pietade in suo favore'
5. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 1: 'Ancor non giunse!'
6. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 1: 'Regnava nel silenzio'
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Disc: 2
1. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 2: 'Lucia fra poco a te verrà'
2. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 2: 'Appressati, Lucia' - 'Il pallor, funesto, orrendo'
3. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 2: 'Soffica nel pianto'
4. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 2: 'Che fia'
5. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 2: 'Se tradirmi tu portai'
6. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 2: 'Ebben?' - 'Di tua speranza'
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Disc: 3
1. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 3: 'Orrida è questa notte'
2. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 3: 'Qui del padre ancor respira'
3. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 3: 'D'immenso giubilo'
4. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 3: 'Ah! cessate quel contento'
5. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 3: 'Oh! qual funesto avvenimento!'
6. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act 3: 'Oh giusto cielo!' - 'Il dolce suono'
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Product Details

  • Performer: Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Ryland Davies, et al.
  • Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
  • Audio CD (August 12, 1985)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041OY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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177 of 180 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
First things first: this recording is truly complete, unlike many so-called "complete" LUCIA recordings. Callas may have helped to prove that Donizetti wrote a dramatic masterwork rather than an empty-headed star vehicle, but she always performed the traditional hacked-up version, so much less dark and grand than what Donizetti actually wrote. True, not all the "extra" music is great (in particular, the bass aria "Cedi, cedi" is somewhat commonplace), but it's all dramatically essential, filling out the supporting characters and revealing the brilliance of Donizetti's structural conception. Anyone wanting a LUCIA should definitely start with this uncut version...Now, about the performance. The knock on Joan Sutherland is that her diction was poor. Why this is considered a more heinous flaw than Callas's frequently ugly sound, I'll never know. Just as Callas was great despite her faults, Sutherland is great no matter how many consonants she swallows. Another knock on Sutherland is that she's not "characterful" enough, whatever that means. Baloney. Sutherland knew what today's singers usually forget--that the characterization is IN THE MUSIC, and that therefore the key to characterization is to sing the music as well as possible. (Of course, who today could sing the music as well as Sutherland? For that matter, there were few singers *before* Sutherland, at least in this century, who could sing this music so magnificently. She is unique.) In the beauty, power, and awesome technical control of her singing--her absolute committment to the music, to Donizetti--the character of Lucia comes across as thrillingly and fully as possible. This is a supreme performance, and here in 1971, she was at her best.Read more ›
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118 of 119 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This, along with Sutherland's earlier recording are the definitive recordings of Donizetti's masterpiece. Sutherland combines both a gorgeous sound with phenomenal technique...THE most incredible technique in modern history. Only the legendary sopranos of Donizetti's time even hints at a Dramatic soprano with coloratura capabilities...and WHAT coloratura capabilities!!!! All trills, runs, staccato done to complete perfection on top of a warm beautiful spinto soprano sound. And of course the legendary high notes. Certainly no one can dispute the beauty of Sutherland's top notes, effortless, big, and sooooo clear! And of course her dramatic interpretation of Lucia is legendary. Few could argue her complete mastery of the leading role. I was at her Met debut as Lucia, and in the mad scene, she ran across the stage while attacking fiedishly difficult flights of coloratura! Sutherland received over 30 curtain calls. She is equally good here, which is to say the most amazing singing in memory.
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94 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Richard Posner on November 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I bought this version of the opera because it was mentioned in the book Opera 101, and also because I love Sutherland and Pavarotti's singing. It's decadently gorgeous. I'm a lapdog for Donizetti (and bel canto in general) and he hits home runs with nearly every number in this opera. The heroine is a simpleminded patsy whose neck you want to wring for believing her brother's transparent lies, but Sutherland makes you care about her. I never found Dame Joan as good an actress as, say, Beverly Sills, but she acts here. The Mad Scene is more than the sum of its runs and trills--it has dramatic shape and logic.
Pavarotti sings Edgardo lusciously, Milnes is fiercely wicked as Enrico, and Ghiaurov sonorous as the dull Raimondo (but he gets some pulse-pounding mileage out of the music). I generally like Bonynge's conducting--he moves operas along at a good clip, but never loses the music.
If you like bel canto, if you like Donizetti, if you like Lucia, you'll like this recording. The sound is fine and you may find yourself--as I do--repeating tracks again and again, and singing lustily along.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Dame Joan Sutherland makes this Lucia special. I dare say the best there is. She is simple a miraculous singer with wonderful notes at her disposal that are well above high C. And she has the magnificent voice as well. I think one of the most beautiful voice in all of opera. But it's her technique that is unique. A heroic coloratura soprano with trills and and scales beyond approach. She is the kind of soprano that Donizetti and Bellini wrote their bel canto operas for. Pavorotti is also at his best here, his high notes ringing out brilliantly. This Lucis is historical. A must buy for every opera lover. A galaxy of stars.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Harrmor on August 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is truly a majestic and captivating performance. All the singers are in top form and this is the best sung Lucia on record. It may not be the most dramatical but musically it has no rival.
Firstly, there is Dame Joan. She may have aged here from her first recording of the role in the 1960s but she has studied the role and she has learnt it. Her voice may not be very youthful but her performance is breath-taking and her high notes secure and riveting.
Then Luciano Pavarotti gives us a wonderful account of Edgardo. He possesses a wonderful instrument and uses it perfectly. Just listen to the last act and his duets with Dame Joan (most notably at the famous "verrano a te sull' aure...") and you will get my point...
Sherril Milnes for one more time shows us what a wonderful voice he has. A most notable example is his duet with Sutherland in Act II("Se tradirmi..."). It is the first time this duet was recorded at its original pitch-one tone higher than usual- and this is due to Sutherland's and Milnes' incredible voices.
Ghiaurov is exemplary as Raimondo and the supporting cast is quite good. Notice Huguette Tourangeau as Alisa(Tourangeau is Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda with Sutherland under Bonynge)
Bonynge's conducting is very good and he is in Donizetti's spirit.
So, I must recommend this set to everyone! It is incredible!!!
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