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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor [Hybrid SACD - DSD]

Natalie Dessay , Piotr Beczala , Vladislav Sulimsky , Ilya Bannilk , Mariinsky Orchestra , Valery Gergiev , Gaetano Donizetti Audio CD
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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act I, Scene 1, No 1 Preludio e coro d'Introduzione "Percorrete le spiagge vicine"Valery Gergiev, Sergei Skorokhodov, Mariinsky Chorus, Mariinsky Orchestra 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act I, Scene 1, No 2 i. Scena e Cavatina "Tu sei turbato"Valery Gergiev, Sergei Skorokhodov, Vladislav Sulimsky, Ilya Bannik, Mariinsky Orchestra 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act I, Scene 1, No 2 ii. Larghetto "Cruda, funesta smania"Valery Gergiev, Vladislav Sulimsky, Sergei Skorokhodov, Ilya Bannik, Mariinsky Orchestra 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act I, Scene 1, No 2 iii. Coro di Cacciatori "Il tuo dubbio"Valery Gergiev, Sergei Skorokhodov, Vladislav Sulimsky, Ilya Bannik, Mariinsky Chorus, Mariinsky Orchestra 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act I, Scene 1, No 2 iv. Allegro moderato "La pietade in suo favore"Valery Gergiev, Vladislav Sulimsky, Ilya Bannik, Mariinsky Orchestra 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act I, Scene 2, No 3 i. Scena e Cavatina "Ancor non giunse!"Valery Gergiev, Natalie Dessay, Zhanna Dombrovskaya, Mariinsky Orchestra 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act I, Scene 2, No 3 ii. Larghetto "Regnava nel silenzio"Valery Gergiev, Natalie Dessay, Zhanna Dombrovskaya, Mariinsky Orchestra 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act I, Scene 2, No 3 iii. Moderato "Quando rapito in estasi"Valery Gergiev, Natalie Dessay, Zhanna Dombrovskaya, Mariinsky Orchestra 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act I, Scene 2, No 4 i. Scena e Duetto - Finale I "Egli s'avanza!"Valery Gergiev, Natalie Dessay, Zhanna Dombrovskaya, Piotr Beczala, Mariinsky Orchestra 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act I, Scene 2, No. 4 ii. Larghetto "Sulla tomba"Valery Gergiev, Natalie Dessay, Piotr Beczala, Mariinsky Orchestra 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act I, Scene 2, No 4 iii. Moderato assai "Verranno a te"Valery Gergiev, Natalie Dessay, Piotr Beczala, Mariinsky Orchestra 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act II, Scene 1, No 5 Scena "Lucia fra poco a te verra"Valery Gergiev, Sergei Skorokhodov, Vladislav Sulimsky, Mariinsky Orchestra 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act II, Scene 1, No 6 i. Duetto "Appressati, Lucia"Valery Gergiev, Vladislav Sulimsky, Natalie Dessay, Mariinsky Orchestra 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act II, Scene 1, No 6 ii. Larghetto "Soffriva nel pianto"Valery Gergiev, Natalie Dessay, Vladislav Sulimsky, Mariinsky Orchestra 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act II, Scene 1, No 6 iii. Vivace "Se tradirmi tu potrai"Valery Gergiev, Vladislav Sulimsky, Natalie Dessay, Mariinsky Orchestra 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act II, Scene 1, No 7 i. Scena ed Aria "Ebben?"Valery Gergiev, Natalie Dessay, Ilya Bannik, Mariinsky Orchestra 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act II, Scene 1, No 7 ii. Moderato "Al ben de'tuoi"Valery Gergiev, Natalie Dessay, Ilya Bannik, Mariinsky Orchestra 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act II, Scene 2, No 8 i. Finale II - Coro e Cavatina "Per te d'immenso"Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Chorus, Mariinsky Orchestra 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act II, Scene 2, No 8 ii. Meno mosso "Per poco fra le tenebre"Valery Gergiev, Dmitry Voropaev, Mariinsky Chorus, Mariinsky Orchestra 2:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act II, Scene 2, No 9 i. Scena e Quartetto nel Finale II "Dov' e Lucia?"Valery Gergiev, Dmitry Voropaev, Natalie Dessay, Vladislav Sulimsky, Ilya Bannik, Sergei Skorokhodov, Piotr Beczala, Zhanna Dombrovskaya, Mariinsky Chorus, Mariinsky Orchestra 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act II, Scene 2, No 9 ii. Larghetto "Chi mi frena in tal momento?"Valery Gergiev, Piotr Beczala, Vladislav Sulimsky, Natalie Dessay, Ilya Bannik, Zhanna Dombrovskaya, Dmitry Voropaev, Mariinsky Chorus, Mariinsky Orchestra 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act II, Scene 2, No 10 i. Seguito e Stretta del Finale II "T'allontana, sciagurato"Valery Gergiev, Dmitry Voropaev, Vladislav Sulimsky, Piotr Beczala, Ilya Bannik, Mariinsky Chorus, Mariinsky Orchestra 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act II, Scene 2, No 10 ii. Moderato "Sconsigliato!"Valery Gergiev, Vladislav Sulimsky, Piotr Beczala, Ilya Bannik, Natalie Dessay, Dmitry Voropaev, Zhanna Dombrovskaya, Mariinsky Chorus, Mariinsky Orchestra 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act III, Scene 1, No 11 i. Uragano. Scena e Duetto "Orrida e questa notte"Valery Gergiev, Piotr Beczala, Vladislav Sulimsky, Mariinsky Orchestra 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act III, Scene 1, No 11 ii. Andante "Ashton!"Valery Gergiev, Vladislav Sulimsky, Piotr Beczala, Mariinsky Orchestra 7:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act III, Scene 2, No 12 Corro "D'immenso giubilo"Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Chorus, Mariinsky Orchestra 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act III, Scene 2, No 13 Gran Scena con Cori "Cessi, ah cessi quel contento"Valery Gergiev, Ilya Bannik, Mariinsky Chorus, Mariinsky Orchestra 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act III, Scene 2, No 14 i. Scena ed Aria "Oh giusto cielo!"Valery Gergiev, Natalie Dessay, Mariinsky Chorus, Mariinsky Orchestra 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act III, Scene 2, No 14 ii. Allegretto "Ohime!"Valery Gergiev, Natalie Dessay, Sergei Skorokhodov, Ilya Bannik, Vladislav Sulimsky, Mariinsky Chorus, Mariinsky Orchestra11:23Album Only
listen13. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act III, Scene 2, No 14 iii. Moderato "Spargi d'amaro pianto"Valery Gergiev, Natalie Dessay, Vladislav Sulimsky, Ilya Bannik, Mariinsky Chorus, Mariinsky Orchestra 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act III, Scene 2, No 14 iv. Scena "Si tragga altrove"Valery Gergiev, Vladislav Sulimsky, Ilya Bannik, Sergei Skorokhodov, Mariinsky Orchestra 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act III, Scene 3, No 15 i. Aria Finale "Tombe degliavi miei"Valery Gergiev, Piotr Beczala, Ilya Bannik, Mariinsky Chorus, Mariinsky Orchestra10:19Album Only
listen16. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act II, Scene 3, No 15 ii. Moderato "Tu che a Dio"Valery Gergiev, Piotr Beczala, Ilya Bannik, Mariinsky Chorus, Mariinsky Orchestra 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Natalie Dessay, Piotr Beczala, Vladislav Sulimsky, Ilya Bannilk
  • Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
  • Audio CD (August 9, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Mariinsky
  • ASIN: B0053SQRQK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,870 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editor's Choice: ''The new recording from the Mariinsky brings us into another world... Dessay's delicately thought-out heroine [is] well captured in this new Russian set.'' --Gramophone

**** Performance ***** Recording: ''The main attraction is Natalie Dessay as Lucia, a part she can despatch without strain... as post-Maria Callas Lucias go, she is one of the best.'' --BBC Music Magazine

''Easily worth the price of admission for Natalie Dessay's rendering of the title role. [Dessay] owns a flexible, controlled soprano that seems to have limitless expressive possibilities. Her high notes are thrilling... Gergiev leads stylishly and energetically.The reproduction of the exotic glass harmonica during Lucia's famous 'mad scene' is exquisite.'' --The Absolute Sound

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The Mariinsky label s opera recordings have garnered acclaim and awards from around the world, most recently for Valery Gergiev s recording of Parsifal released in 2010. For the label s fifth opera, Gergiev conducts Donizetti s masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor with a magnificent cast led by Natalie Dessay. Donizetti s tragic opera depicts a family feud set in the Lammermuir hills of Scotland. Inspired by Sir Walter Scott s novel The Bride of Lammermoor, the central character of Lucia Ashton is torn between her family and true love and eventually descends into madness. Dessay is one of the world s most sought-after sopranos and an admired interpreter of lyric heroines. She is particularly renowned for her interpretation of the role of Lucia, which she has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House and the Mariinsky Theatre.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dessay is Past her Vocal Prime August 21, 2011
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I really wanted to like this performance as I've enjoyed so many of Natalie Dessay's performances in the past. I'm afraid "past" has to be the operative word here as she sounds very uncomfortable indeed. Within a narrow dynamic range, Dessay can still be impressive, her tone well-supported, her phrasing clear and specific. However whenever she puts pressure on her voice, an unpleasant vibrato, almost a wobble, intrudes diminishing her intentions. She sounds like she is walking on vocal eggshells, wanting to make bold choices, but unable to because of her fragile vocal estate. Furthermore, the highest notes are achieved with desperate lunges and are not at all pretty or exciting. She just manages an E-flat at the end of the Mad Scene. Some opera lovers insist one has to see her on stage to understand why people love her so much. Maybe, but this is a CD. Perhaps the Met will release a DVD of her performances from last March (seen in HD in movie theaters), but there her voice was in even more parlous condition.

The other singers are satisfactory, if unmemorable. Beczala has a handsome sound and certainly can sing this role well (he's excellent on the DVD with Netrebko), but here he sounds like he's just phoning it in. There's little passion and even less involvement. The other singers have excellent voices, but sound like they have no idea what they're singing about. Gergiev's leadership is limp and uninspired as is the fuzzy, diffuse sound.

If you love Dessay, you may still want this as some kind of souvenir. But try to get hold of one of her Met broadcasts from 2007 or one of her performances from even earlier. This simply came too late and in a crowded field it's an also-ran.

Incidentally, Dessay recorded the French version of Lucia (now reissued on EMI). That one finds her in far better voice with a superior supporting cast.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lackluster Performance August 30, 2011
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This set looks very appealing, however, this is a performance that lacks excitement and stars a soprano who shold not be singing this role. Ms. Dessay's sound can be shrill and unpleasant and there is a great tendency for the voice to spread under pressure. At times sounding downright ugly. I thought the saving grace of the performance would be the tenor Piotr Beczala as Edgardo but he offers nothing special. At best his voice is servicble. As for the conducting, Gergiev is just marking time. The one good thing about this set is that the opera is performed virtually complete. If you want a Lucia look back to the Sutherland, Callas era.....!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A note of caution August 11, 2011
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Please don't take this as a review, but after listening online to the first act of this new 'Lucia," I gave up. Dessay's slow wide vibrato is not appealing. After hearing Dessay'sher 'Quando, rapito in estasi,' I listened to Calls, Scotto, and Gheorghiu. I know Dessay is beloved, but she isn't even in the ballpark. There's an appealing vulnerability, but the rest is deficient on several grounds, starting with vocal production, phrasing, attack, and dramatic shaping of the aria. She's droopy in the same way that Sutherland used to be criticized for. I realize that Dessay is beloved, and I've admired her in concert, but not here.

Gergiev's conducting is polished but rather glib and oddly without punch. Gifted with an innately beautiful lyric tone, Piotr Beczala sounds monochromatic and uninvolved here. I suppose we can't ask for Italianate style anymore. It's certainly nowhere to be heard in this performance. On their own terms, the Russian cast is robust and strong. So take this as a note of caution, since I have no basis for criticizing the entire performance.
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