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Bellini: La Sonnambula

Joan Sutherland Audio CD
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  • Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland, Nicola Monti, Fernando Corena, Sylvia Stahlman
  • Orchestra: Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus, Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
  • Audio CD (11 Nov 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Grand Opera
  • ASIN: B000024240
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,892 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enchanting 26 July 2001
By A Customer
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Joan Sutherland was in her youthful prime when she recorded this first Sonnambula in 1962. For sheer tonal beauty and brilliance her Amina remains unsurpassed. Despite her mushy diction her portrayal is full of girlish charm. Nicola Monti has a light attractive voice that blends well with Sutherland. Altough he cannot go all the way in the upper register he sings firmly and elegantly and like Sutherland, his portrayal is charming. Fernando Corena, well known for his buffo roles, perhaps lacks finesse but he too has an attractive voice and he portrays a good-natured Count with a twinkle in the eye. Sylvia Stahlman and Margreta Elkins offer excellent support. Chorus and orchestra are very good and Richard Bonynge conducts expertly. An enchanting set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tha amazin Sutherland 12 Sep 2003
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This is the best studio record of La Sonnambula.
Sutherland was here on her top form. No one can sing "Ah Non Giunge" like this, technical perfection and amazing coloratura.
Nicola Monti goes quite well with Sutherland, his voice sometime is similar to the men's voice in Portuguese "Fado de Coimbra".
Sylvia Stahlman and Margret Elkins are in very good shape.
I like particularly Corena's Conte Rodolfo.
This is really a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best choice overall 24 Dec 2011
By Arnar
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This is arguably the best recording available of this beautiful opera. Sutherland may not possess the young, innocent tone some think Amina should have but her singing here is touchingly beautiful and as perfect as I could ever wish for this role. Nicola Monti may not be the greatest Elvino (compared to Tagliavini at least) but he sings this role very well and with feeling. Corena is terrific too. As far as the conducting and the performance of the orchestra is concerned, I have no complaints, just praise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The amazing Sutherland 12 Sep 2003
By Alberto Velez Grilo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the best studio record of La Sonnambula.
Sutherland was here on her top form. No one can sing "Ah Non Giunge" like this, technical perfection and amazing coloratura.
Nicola Monti goes quite well with Sutherland, his voice sometime is similar to the men's voice in Portuguese "Fado de Coimbra".
Sylvia Stahlman and Margret Elkins are in very good shape.
I like particularly Corena's Conte Rodolfo.
This is really a must have.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking! 31 Aug 2003
By apj monrovia, ca - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Another testament why Sutherland is 'La stupenda.' Just listen to the final cabaletta "Ah! non giunge" and you'll be blown away. This is Sutherland a year (or 2?) after her triumph as 'Lucia.' Her second recording pales in comparison (although she has Pavarotti in that recording). Very secure coloratura singing, solid, tremendous voice in alt, and perfect portrayal of what I a young innocent maiden. This is THE 'Sonnambula' to get.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy! 7 July 2009
By M. Jacobson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For some foolish reason, Decca has decided to discontinue the printing of this marvelous set. I recently searched high and low on the internet and found that this recording is available on several places other than Amazon.com. If you're looking for a fantastic Sonnambula recording, or are just a fan of great singing, I would do whatever it takes to get this set.

Why? Well we all know that nobody buys La Sonnambula looking for a gripping drama. Sonnambula has one of the dumbest plots ever created, even by opera's standards. Bellini, in this case, is purely about beautiful singing: bel canto, we'll call it. Also, nobody buys La Sonnambula based around the supporting cast. In this case, the tenor Monti does a more than adequate job in his few parts. And the other cast members? Well, who really cares?

So why does one buy La Sonnambula? Because it is an amazing showcase for a coloratura soprano. In this case, THE coloratura soprano: Dame Joan Sutherland. In this recording, we find Sutherland in incredible form. Her voice still has the amazing freshness of her legendary "Art of the Prima Donna". Also, her diction is surprisingly good, which is just the icing on the cake. I actually would buy this set based purely on the incredble Eb's that end "Sovra il sen" and Act I. They are out of this world. She holds and holds them; it is astonishing. Her dazzling coloratura technique is on full display in "Ah, non giunge" (alas, she doesn't go for a high F, but maybe that only happens in my operatic fantasies), and the young Sutherland is perfectly able to convey the sadness in Bellini's beautifuly melodious "Ah, non credea mirarti".

This set is about as perfect as it comes, and I've run out of positive adjectives to describe it. This was the first Sonnambula to be recorded without cuts, and it is quite refreshing to hear both verses of Lisa's aria.

I have nothing else to say. Do whatever you can to buy this set, you'll be glad you did.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Stupenda in her first Sonnambula !!! 7 May 2007
By Michel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Joan Sutherland recorded her first Sonnambula in 1962 when at her utmost

peak - for sheer tonal beauty and virtuosity her Amina is unlikely to be

equaled let alone surpassed and despite her mushy diction her portrayal

is full of gentle pathos and girlish charm. Nicola Monti has a light and

attractive voice and though he cannot go all way at the top he sings with

charm and elegance. Fernando Corena - better known in buffo roles - has

a big colorful voice and portrays a good-natured Count with a twinkle in

the eyes. Sylvia Stahlman and Margrete Elkins offer excellent support.

Chorus and orchestra under Richard Bonynge are splendid and this was the

first recording to offer the score complete. A classic !!!
3.0 out of 5 stars Monti spoils the show 4 Sep 2012
By Arnar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is hardly the best rendition of this opera. It is not because Sutherland does not possess the young, innocent tone some think Amina should have. After all, her singing here is beautiful and she is the strongest part of this recording. What lets the show down is Nicola Monti's performance. His Elvino sounds bleaty compared to Tagliavini who is exemplary in this role in the italian radio broadcast recording available here on Amazon. Corena can't get anywhere near Siepi as the count in that same recording with Tagliavini. The conducting is ok here but doesn't give rise to any praise per se.

What this recording has primarily to offer is Sutherland's gorgeous voice and the stereo sound. Unfortunately, I have not heard a flawless Sonnambula (performance as well as sound-quality wise).
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