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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Verdi: Attila / Prologue - Santo di patria..allor che i forti corronoRichard Bonynge 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Delibes: Lakmé / Act 1 - Viens, Mallika, ... Dôme épais (Flower Duet)Richard Bonynge 6:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2 - "Les oiseaux dans la charmille"L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K.620 / Act 1 - "O zittre nicht"Richard Bonynge 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Donizetti: Linda di Chamounix / Act 1 - Ah! tardai troppo... O luce di quest'animaNello Santi 6:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Rossini: Semiramide / Act 1 - "Serbami ognor"Richard Bonynge 7:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda / Act 2 - Eccomi pronta...Deh, se un'urnaThe Ambrosian Singers 6:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Donizetti: La fille du régiment / Act 2 - Pour ce contrat fatal...Salut à la FranceRichard Bonynge 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Verdi: La traviata / Act 1 - "Un dì felice, eterea"Carlo Bergonzi 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Balfe: The Bohemian Girl / Act 2 - I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble HallsRichard Bonynge 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Bishop: Home Sweet HomeRichard Bonynge 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. J. Strauss II: Casanova - Nuns' ChorusRichard Bonynge 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Act 3 - O giusto cielo...Il dolce suono...Ardon gl'incensiOpera Chorus Of Paris16:11$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Bellini: Norma / Act 1 - Sediziose voci...Casta DivaDame Joan Sutherland 8:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Handel: Alcina / Act 1 - Tornami a vagheggiarRichard Bonynge 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Glière: Concerto for Coloratura & Orchestra, Op.82 - 1. AndanteRichard Bonynge 6:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Glière: Concerto for Coloratura & Orchestra, Op.82 - 2. AllegroRichard Bonynge 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Act 1 - "Sulla tomba che rinserra" - "Verranno a te sull'aure"Richard Bonynge 9:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 1 - Scena ed Aria. "Gualtier Maldè" - "Caro nome"Richard Bonynge 6:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Massenet: Esclarmonde/ Act 1 - Esprits de l'air!...Roland! Roland! Roland!Richard Bonynge 6:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Coward: Operette - operetta (1938) - Orch. arr. Gamley - Where Are The Songs We Sang?Richard Bonynge 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Falling In Love With Love ("The Boys from Syracuse")Richard Bonynge 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Bellini: I Puritani / Act 1 - Son vergin vezzosaRichard Bonynge 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Puccini: Turandot / Act 2 - In questa reggiaZubin Mehta 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Act 3 - "Mild und leise wie er lächelt" (Isoldes Liebestod)Richard Bonynge 6:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Cilèa: Adriana Lecouvreur / Act 4 - Poveri fiori, gemme de'pratiRichard Bonynge 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Bellini: La Sonnambula / Act 2 - Ah! non giunge uman pensieroRichard Bonynge 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Gaetano Donizetti, Jules Massenet, Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland
  • Audio CD (October 9, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00005OC0E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Listen to the aria from Esclamonde - an "Wagnerian" style of orchestratal writing written for a true dramatic coloratura, which was exactly the type of singer that Joan Sutherland was. No one today or yesterday can touch this. That aria alone is worth the cost of this two cd collection. In the beginning, after extremely fast staccati, she hits and holds two of the most powerful high D's I can recall hearing. Other highlights are the Lucia mad scene, the Puritani polanaise, and the "Santo di Patria" from Verdi's Attila - which must be heard to believe. In this aria, Sutherland attacks her cabelettas the way Callas would have - extremely aggressive! Another big highlight is the unbelievably difficult concerto for coloratura and orchesta - another gem that only La Stupenda could sing. You have to hear it to believe it.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Gillespie on January 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I love Ms. Joan Sutherland. I discovered her unique voice in a compilation recording that I bought on the Opera Gala label (a London/Decca sub-label). It was just one piece that she was on, but it started a love of her voice and singing. I've since bought a number of Joan Sutherland CDs, but this compilation is the tops. The concerto for coloratura soprano sounds like it must be a grueling piece for a singer, but Ms. Sutherland makes it sound like it's a magic carpet ride. Her voice floats, soars, and radiates with seemingly ease. Definitely, this is the highlight of the two CD set, but all of it is great stuff.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 2001
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simply beautiful singing. what makes this unique is that this collection contains recordings anywhere from 1958 to as late as the 80's. there are two cds, which makes it a good value. most of the materials are from her stupendous period, but there are one or two from her droopy period. but 90% of the items here are beautiful indeed. the highlights: the queen of the night aria, duet with horne from semiramide that is out of print, the coloratura concerto, the fabulous duet from traviata (wow!), and the very first recording of the mad scene done by sutherland (1958) that even supercedes her first complete lucia with tenor cioni(1960). to give you the importance of this mad scene, it was recorded before her legendary debut as lucia at covent garden in 1959! at this period, sutherland did not scoop, or droop, or whatever. she follows maestro tullio serafin, who insisted on pure coloratura precision ( he also coached callas ) and he insisted that sutherland will surpass callas as a coloratura, and he was right. not to put down the fantastic contribution by perhaps an even more important diva than la stupenda. the two divas are the greatest contribution to the annals of opera than all other divas combine. i love them both dearly. but perhaps i am even more prone to callas because she is the complete package, both voice, technique, and artistry. but sutherland is impressive because of complete control of everything that rossini, donizetti, and bellini ever wrote. just how she is able to achieve vocal lines that are nearly impossible with ease is perhaps god's gift to her. she is superhuman when she opens her mouth. yes, unfortunately, she is not that that convincing when she needs to act, but the level of bravura is so high, that one leaves her performances in disbelief.Read more ›
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Alberto Velez Grilo on December 3, 2001
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This is why Dame Joan Sutherland is called La Stupenda. It's all here. The usual and the unusual. From the spectacular cabaleta Santo di Patria from Atilla to Mild und leise wie er lachet from Tristan und Isold. I must refer the Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and agree with the music fan from New York - Only Sutherland can do this with such technique and cristal clear voice. This is a must have.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There are a lot of jealous people here especially Sills fans who knows that Sutherland is the undisputed greatest coloratura soprano of the Twentieth Century.
To get an unbias view, here is a quote from Harriet Johnson's comments about La Stupenda's incomparable voice in the New York Post:
"...Her voice - a true, dramatic coloratura - and her effortless use of it are phenomenal. In my experience, I have heard only one
singer to compare with her in vocal greatness, the late Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad, whose voice in a completely different genre - a real dramatic soprano - was also miraculously beautiful and effortless. Today, Miss Sutherland has no peer."
Even the most ardent Callas and Sills fans have to admit that Kirsten Flagstad's voice is consider one of the wonders of this operatic century. She is consider the greatest Wagnerian soprano to even grace the operatic stage...To compare Sutherland's voice to her is to state that Sutherland's soprano is not only of the highest order in terms of trancendental beauty, but also of amazing power. Yes, La Stupenda can sing Seglinda, or maybe even Brunhilde, she was trained for that early in her career. Because of this, she's became a true dramatic soprano coupled with the most amazing coloratura technique ever. So all comparison with Sills, who is a light coloratura is rediculous and without merit.
But there's much more...Sutherland's vocal superiority goes even further, making her the "Voice of the Century". Besides having a voice that is supreme in beauty and clarity second to none. It is universally accepted that La stupenda is the ultimate technician in all aspects of coloratura...
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