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Joan Sutherland - The Art of the Prima Donna Original recording remastered

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Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 10-OCT-2000

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In February 1959, an unknown (well, comparatively) Australian singer appeared at Covent Garden in Franco Zeffirelli's new production of Lucia di Lammermoor and took the world by storm. The following year, Joan Sutherland went into the studio to record this reissued tribute to prima donnas of previous generations, illustrating along the way the bel canto tradition of which she was to become a leading exponent. The 16 excerpts on this digitally remastered double CD include several roles she had already sung or was on the verge of singing, from Gilda in Rigoletto, which she had sung at Covent Garden before her Lucia debut, to Norma. What a performance! The voice is fresh, remarkable in its beauty, and she makes it all sound so effortless, tossing off Handel's "Let the bright Seraphim" or the Jewel aria from Gounod's Faust as if they're the easiest things in the world. This sparkling selection of glorious singing demonstrates just why Sutherland was to remain at the top of her profession for the next 30 years and join those to whom she here pays tribute as one of the great singers of all time. --Richard Fawkes

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Artaxerxes: The Soldier Tir'd
  2. Samson: Let The Bright Seraphim
  3. Norma: Sediziose voci ... Casta diva ... Ah! bello a me ritorna
  4. I Puritani: Son vergin vezzosa (Polonaise)
  5. Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier
  6. I Puritani: O rendetemi la speme ... Qui la voce ... Vien, diletto
  7. La Sonnambula: Care compagne ... Come per me sereno ... Sovra il sen
  8. Faust: O Dieu! que de bijoux ... Ah! je ris de me voir

Disc: 2

  1. Romeo et Juliette: Ah! Je veux vivre
  2. Otello: Mia madre aveva una povera ancella ... Piangea cantando
  3. Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail: Martern aller Arten
  4. La Traviata: E' strano ... Ah, fors'e lui ... Sempre libera
  5. Hamlet: A vos jeux, mes amis
  6. Lakme: Ah! Ou va la jeune Indue
  7. Les Huguenots: O beau pays de la Touraine!
  8. Rigoletto: Gualtier Malde ... Caro nome


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  • Composer: Gaetano Donizetti, Vincenzo Bellini, Léo Delibes, Ambroise Thomas, Giacomo Meyerbeer, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00004XQ8G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,947 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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