- Performer: Tatiana Troyanos, Christina Deutekom, Gary Burgess, Janice Felty
- Conductor: Carlo Felice Cillario
- Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
- Audio CD (June 6, 2000)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Gala
- ASIN: B00000JWHX
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Top Customer Reviews
In Tatiana Troyanos she has an equal partner in every respect. Together they do put the famed Sutherland/Horne duo in the shade.
Never mind it being a live recording, get it!
As mentioned below- Clifford Grant is excellent- every bit the imposing father with his rich, huge voice. One wishes that the part were much larger. Merolla sings at a loud volume the entire time and muscles the character's limited coloratura.
Troyanos is ...remarkable ... Her voice is a rich, dark miracle- luscious and sensual like the very finest red wine. It reminds me of the mahogany glory of Flagstad, imposing like hers, but yet vulnerable, and feminine even sexy. She certainly doesn't do anything inappropriate for the character of a deceived vestal virgin, but you can easily believe that she caught Pollione's eye. I doubt that Troyanos could have takne the gorgeous sensuality out of her voice if she tried. She has no trouble with the high notes or the coloratura- needing no aspirates: beautiful legato. She is the one who provides the lion share of vocal subtlety: dynamic shading, technically secure and dramatically sensitive phrasing: even without any artistry, her vocal color is so beautiful that it would have carried her through the performance and yet she misses not one opportunity for expression. The set is worth a far higher price for her singing alone.
It is the impression that Deutekom leaves on the other listeners that puzzles me. I find her performance to be very uneven: yes, she gives her all dramatically, but not as much as Callas. Why must I compare her to Callas? Deutekom has some of the same acid in her voice, and many many times on this recording she sounds like a brighter-voiced Callas. More troubling are a couple of entrance mistakes and more times when her intonation strays too far south.Read more ›
Troyanos's velvety sound is a real bonus; what a lovely singer she was, and here she is more impassioned than was sometimes the case with an artist who could be temperamentally cool. The other vocal treat here is Clifford Grant's rich, flexible bass with its distinctive timbre.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a fan of Deutekom - under rated singer of her time. Solti liked her too.Published 21 months ago by Janet Flanders
I have experienced just about every recording of Norma since the Old Cetra release with Gina Gigna but I have never experienced a Norma
of such impact and strength of this... Read more
I was expecting more from this performance given the strength of the cast, but it was only okay. Deutekom was probably the strongest.Published on July 7, 2013 by cabrooks
I think others have elucidated the many wonders of this magnificent performance and recording (which is in excellent sound) so I will just add my name to the tally. Read morePublished on December 6, 2010 by Howard M. Bushnell
Heard Deutecom on an opera recording on radio, liked her voice, and wanted to purchase a recording that I thought would be representative of her voice and style and also of musical... Read morePublished on October 31, 2010 by AisA.Always
Après les Norma de Sutherland (avec Tourangeau et avec Cossotto) voici la Norma de Deutekom.
Il faut croire que le retrait de Callas, après ses Norma de... Read more
This recording was a great surprise because I've heard Norma many times but listening to the young Deutekom in fearless, secure voice was an exciting experience I enjoyed... Read morePublished on July 26, 2007 by Armindo
There is something not right with the sound quality on this CD. The performance is rather good, but after a while the sound gets to be grating, especially the female voices. Read morePublished on August 3, 2001 by Anthony Louis