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Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor: Complete Opera (with full libretto and translation) [Original recording remastered]

Beverly Sills , Carlo Bergonzi , Piero Cappuccilli , Justino Diaz , Adolf Dallapozza , Gaetano Donizetti , Thomas Schippers , London Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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listen  1. Preludio - "Percorrete le spiaggie vicine" - Preludio - "Percorrete le spiaggie vicine"Keith Erwen 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. "Tu sei turbato!" - "E n'ho ben donde" - "Tu sei turbato!" - "E n'ho ben donde"Keith Erwen 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. "Cruda, funesta smania" - "Cruda, funesta smania"Piero Cappuccilli 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. "Il tuo dubbio è ormai certezza" - "Il tuo dubbio è ormai certezza"Keith Erwen 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. "Ancor non giunse!" - "Ancor non giunse!"Beverly Sills 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. "Regnava nel silenzio" - "Regnava nel silenzio"Beverly Sills 9:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. "Egli s'avanza" - "Egli s'avanza"Patricia Kern 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. "Sulla tomba che rinserra" - "Verranno a te sull'aure" - "Sulla tomba che rinserra" - "Verranno a te sull'aure"Carlo Bergonzi10:51Album Only
listen  9. "Lucia, fra poco a te verrà" - "Lucia, fra poco a te verrà"Piero Cappuccilli 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. "Appressati, Lucia" - "Appressati, Lucia"Piero Cappuccilli 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. "Il pallor, funesto, orrendo" - "Il pallor, funesto, orrendo"Beverly Sills13:10Album Only
listen12. "Ebben? - Di tua speranza" - "Ebben? - Di tua speranza"Beverly Sills 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. "Ah! cedi, cedi o più sciagure" - "Ah! cedi, cedi o più sciagure"Justino Diaz 6:10$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. "Per te d'immenso giubilo" - "Per poco fra le tenebre" - "Per te d'immenso giubilo" - "Per poco fra le tenebre"Adolfo Dallapozza 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. "Dov'è Lucia?" - "Ecco il tuo sposo" - "Dov'è Lucia?" - "Ecco il tuo sposo"Adolfo Dallapozza 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. "Chi mi frena in tal momento" / "Chi raffrena il mio furore?" - "Chi mi frena in tal momento" / "Chi raffrena il mio furore?"Carlo Bergonzi 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. "T'allontana, sciagurato" - "Maledetto sia l'istante" - "T'allontana, sciagurato" - "Maledetto sia l'istante"Adolfo Dallapozza 5:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. "Orrida è questa notte" - "Orrida è questa notte"Carlo Bergonzi 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. "Ashton! - Si" - "Qui del padre ancor respira" - "Ashton! - Si" - "Qui del padre ancor respira"Carlo Bergonzi 8:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. "D'immenso giubilo" - "D'immenso giubilo"London Symphony Orchestra 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. "Deh, cessate quel contento" - "Deh, cessate quel contento"Justino Diaz 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. "Oh, giusto cielo!" - "Il dolce suono" - "Oh, giusto cielo!" - "Il dolce suono"Beverly Sills 7:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. "Ardon gli incensi" - "Ardon gli incensi"Beverly Sills 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. "S'avanza Enrico" - "S'avanza Enrico"Justino Diaz 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. "Spargi d'amaro pianto" - "Spargi d'amaro pianto"Beverly Sills 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. "Si tragga altrove" - "Si tragga altrove"Piero Cappuccilli 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. "Tombe degli avi miei" - "Tombe degli avi miei"Carlo Bergonzi 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. "Fra poco a me ricovero" - "Fra poco a me ricovero"Carlo Bergonzi 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. "Oh meschina!" - "Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali" - "Oh meschina!" - "Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali"Carlo Bergonzi 9:26$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
  • Audio CD (March 12, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Run Time: 146.53 minutes
  • ASIN: B000060P5O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This Lucia was recorded in 1970, when Beverly Sills was at the peak of her vocal and dramatic powers. She had been singing the role of Lucia on stage for six years, and she knew the character. Here is a manic-depressive who is slightly crazy from the start, and Sills's embellishments to the vocal line (and there are tons of them; hardly a line is left as written), mostly composed especially for her, are always at the service of the drama. She is a far cry from the chirpy Pons and Peters (and even Sutherland, whose just-plain-singing of the role is unmatchable, but who was never all that interested in building character) and comes closer to Callas, but without the great Greek soprano's huge palette of colors or, for that matter, vocal limitations. Sills is gloriously fluent in the coloratura, the high notes are impeccable, and her reading of the words is truly involved and involving. Carlo Bergonzi has everything as Edgardo, while Piero Cappuccilli's Enrico is snarling and cruel. Schippers leads a very tight, exciting, complete performance, and for the first (and only) time on CD, the glass harmonica Donizetti asked for is used in the Mad Scene. This is a must for lovers of great singing. --Robert Levine

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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucia what is all the "madness" about? March 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Lucia di Lammermoor has serveral wonderful recordings... it can be a hard choice.... the mighty Callas, the smooth voice of Sutherland or the florid singing of Sills? Each have soprano and thier respective recordings have their own virtues and fall backs... lets start with Maria Callas... picking a recording for her is always hard to do... the youth and fullness of her voice for her first studio recording in 1953... or the masterful Berlin performance of 1955? Personally I pick the later and you really can't get a better Lucia... she is right on the money... emontionally the most on-key performance in the books... the draw-back (as with any Callas recording) first the mono sound and second the lack of beauty in her voice... yes there is passion and yes there is power, but not a whole lot of beauty.
Second we have Sutherland... for me there is only one Lucia recording for Dame Joan.. and thats her 1961 studio for Decca. This is what made Joan an overnight success! She is flawless! Her Lucia is beauty and charm... but lacks the passion of Callas and emotion.
So that brings us to the recording at hand... 1970 studio with Beverly Sills. This is and always will be THE LUCIA! She has the beauty of Sutherland and the passion of Callas all wrapped up in one expressive masterpiece. Her portrayal in the mad scene is breathtaking. You just wonder where all this magic is coming from? You have to hear this recording to believe what it is all about. Bergonzi is a totally commited Edgardo and Cappuccilli is very alert and responcive to Sills in their duet.
What else can I say... Is this the best Lucia ever? I am not sure there are a few others that are also wonderful... but it has always been my favorite to listen to. When you want to hear vocal splendor and masterful singing then listen to this Lucia.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What "bel canto" is all about! March 31, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This recording is just one of a whole arsenal made during the late 1960s and early 1970s that present Beverly Sills at her considerable best. Unfortunately, these wonderful performances were made under the defunct ABC label with production values so inferior they were quickly pulled from the catalogue. It is good news that these brilliantly remastered recordings are being reissued. Sills' "Lucia" is what most collectors have been waiting for because it's not only one of her best performances, it stands as one of the best overall recordings of "Lucia" in the catalogue.
Sills first sang "Lucia" in the spring of 1970 and this recording was made later that same year. By the diva's own admission, it took her a few years to get this part under her belt but it's amazing to hear how much she brings to the role after relatively little exposure. From her first entrance, Sills conveys the heroine's fragility. In the cavatina, "Regnava nel silenzio" Sills projects Lucia's sense of dread as she describes her encounter with the ghost of the murdered girl. At the line "L'ombra monstrarsi, a me!" she utilizes a breathless quality, hurrying to the end of the musical line, the terror in the text clearly mirrored in her excited delivery. In that same cavatina, Lucia describes how the ghost beckoned to her. In the line, "Chiamarmi a se parea" Sills replaces the usual embellishments with a chromatic scale that sounds like a wail, reflective of the specter she is describing. These are just two examples of the myriad of touches Sills brings to her interpretation.
Dramatics aside, this recording is some of the loveliest singing Sills ever committed to disc. To fully appreciate her style, you must consider Sills in the context of her time.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!! April 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
At last we have the Sills "Lucia." The wait has been frustrating, but it has now been wonderfully made worth while. From her first utterance, Sills's Lucia foreshadows her end in the tone of mental instability of her every phrase. There are no weaknesses in Sills's performance (or any of the others, for that matter), and Schippers leads a tight, propulsive production, keenly aware of the drama and of the requirements of bel canto opera. Technically, the 1970 recording shows its age, but only in direct comparison with more recent versions. There is one (tiny) flaw: 17 measures of the orchestral introduction to the opening chorus are missing; does anyone know if this was true of the original LP release or may be the result of some carelessness in preparing the CD transfer? As noted, the flaw is tiny and should not by any means discourage anyone from buying this set for all of the splendid pleasures it has to offer, not least in the use of the glass harmonica for the Mad Scene: it really transports you into the world of the demented. Buy it and enjoy bel canto opera at its best.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!! January 15, 2003
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I owned this recording on vinyl many years ago and have just got around to purchasing it on CD. How I've managed to live so long without this recording being restored to my musical collection is a real mystery to me. It truly is one of the best (if not the best) recordings of that Donizetti favorite Lucia di Lammermoor.
First of all, Thomas Schippers was a wonderful conductor especially of opera; he was a conductor that truly loved opera--it shows in his recordings and in this recording in particular. You are made fully aware from the very beginning that he takes Lucia seriously--he really conducts the hell out of the score (look at some of the recording photographs of him in action and listen to the second half of the sextet--he literally whips the orchestra and singers into a frenzy). He died much too soon! What he does for this opera is make it truly exciting, emotional, vital and dynamic--something not heard too often in recordings of Lucia. (I find him to be far more exciting and thrilling than Karajan's live recording with Callas) Of course, his task was made somewhat easy since he had a spectacular group of singers to work with!
Sills was at her peak!! For those that only can think of her by her nickname Bubbles and have the erroneous idea that she was just funny, nice, bubbly and just so "un-prima donna like" , not being a really serious singer need only to listen to this recording. You fully realize that no matter how many Johnny Carson and Carol Burnett appearances she made she WAS a great singer/musician and took her art VERY seriously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Opera
My music tastes run from folk to classical with everything in between. I was introduced to Donizetti in a Music Appreciation Class in High School. Read more
Published 8 months ago by TGFinn
5.0 out of 5 stars wow! bergonzi, just blew me away!
i expected this much singing from sills, but bergonzi i heard him once in caballe's traviata & didn't like him at all. Read more
Published 16 months ago by jose
5.0 out of 5 stars Schippers's last testament
Thomas Schippers was only 47 when he died, about half a dozen years after this recording of Lucia. Earlier, he had worked with Carlo Bergonzi on the RCA Ernani in the mid-1960's,... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Stanley Crowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite perfect Lucia.
The cast list shout's 'Perfection' and it was the reason I bought it. Many people have raved over it and I'm sure it is a kind of perfection to the right listener. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Steve Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional, Heart-Wrenching Mania!
There are many great performances of Lucia and this is definitely one to have in your collection. There is nothing like Sills with her deep routed emotional interpretations. Read more
Published on June 9, 2012 by Tomaso
3.0 out of 5 stars So much vibrato
I wanted to love this recording, but couldn't. So much vibrato in Ms. Sills rendering got in the way for me. A subjective opinion, I know, but there it is.
Published on March 14, 2012 by Bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Sills is simple superb; singing almost non-stop for nearly six hours
Beverly Sills had to record the famous mad scene twice in quick succession because placing the microphone for balancing was so difficult. Read more
Published on June 15, 2010 by KC
5.0 out of 5 stars bravo,Beverly
Bravro, Beverly. God must be in heaven with you there now . Oh, of course, God is already in Heaven---You just made it better ! Read more
Published on July 24, 2008 by Marcia Hennessy
5.0 out of 5 stars opera
I bought this as a present for my husband who is an "opera maven". It is considered to be a rare recording as it is not only the complete (unabridged) opera but features Beverly... Read more
Published on April 5, 2008 by amshobbit
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I usually don't write reviews but this is a worthy recording. I have heard about eight different recordings of Lucia Di Lammermoor (including popular Callas and Sutherland ones)... Read more
Published on March 19, 2008 by J. Silfa
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