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Complete Decca Studio Recitals [Box set]

Joan Sutherland Audio CD
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"As a singer she had no rivals. When she sang, it was the sound of heaven. As a person, she brought pleasure just by being in the room. It will be a very long time before we hear such a voice again." Dame Kiri Te Kanawa ONZ, DBE, AC, soprano.

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  • Audio CD (5 May 2012)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 23
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B005DWWVS4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan Sutherland - Complete Studio Recitals 29 July 2012
By Matthew
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After Joan Sutherland's death, it was inevitable that various box sets and collections would be released. Here, Decca have compiled all of her recital discs in one value box set.

Firstly the box set has all of the discs in card sleeves with the original covers on and a track list printed on the back. The set is well presented and easy to search through if you're looking for a certain album or piece. There is a small booklet with a short biography and then a tracklist of all of the discs.

The actual music in itself is on the whole, excellent. The first few discs are superb and really show what Sutherland was capable of. The Art of the Prima Donna is a stand-out, not just in this set, but in recorded music history in general. The albums, The Age of Bel Canto and the Command Performance discs are fantastic collections which show Sutherland's coloratura ability to its full power.

The later discs in the collection are not always so successful. For me personally the Mozart disc is far from her best. Although I think she made a fantastic Donna Anna on stage, the repertoire she chooses for the Mozart disc does not suit her voice at all.

The only real criticism I have of the set would be that some of the material is fairly light. For example, one of the last discs is music from the movies which is not exactly riveting stuff. However, Sutherland left a huge collection of more serious complete opera recordings and these recital discs were probably light relief from the constantly melodramatic heroines she portrayed on stage!

If you are a fan of Joan Sutherland I would highly recommend this set, it provides good value for money and also has some music that you won't find recorded elsewhere. I have my fingers crossed that Decca will release a collection of all the operas she recorded (Like EMI did with Callas) however I fear I could be waiting in vain!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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THIS IS A FINE COLLECTION OF JOAN SUTHERLAND, BUT IT DOES NOT CONTAIN ALL OF HER INDIVIDUAL lpS, MADE INDEPENDENTLY OF THE COMPLETE OPERAS. ONE OF THE BEST, PARTICULARLY IF YOU CAN FIND IT IN A FINE, WIDE BAND LP IS HER RECORDING OF BELLINI ARIAS. THERE ARE OTHER OMISSIONS, BUT I DO NOT INTEND TO SPOIL THE ENJOYMENT WHICH COLLECTORS OF THIS GREAT SINGER WILL FEEL WHEN THEY COME ACROSS AN LP OR CD NOT INCLUDED HERE. THERE IS , HOWEVER, ANOTHER SERIOUS OMISSION. NO TEXTS OR TRANSLATIONS ARE INCLUDED AT ALL. YOU HAVE THE REMARKABLE VOICE, BUT UNLESS YOU ARE POLYGLOT, NO IDEA AS TO WHAT SHE IS SINGING. IF YOU BOUGHT AN LP OF SUTHERLAND ON DECCA, YOU WOULD HAVE THE COMPLETE TEXTS AND TRANSLATIONS. I AM SICK OF DECCA AND OTHER MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE EXTRA COSTS OF ADDING SUCH ITEMS TO THEIR CDS. THEY ARE MERELY REPROCESSING ALREADY ISSUED ITEMS AND TAKING A PROFIT FOR AT LEAST THE THIRD TIME. I HAVE SHOWN HOW VITALLY NECESSARY THESE LIBRETTI ARE. I SHOULD LIKE TO SEE THESE PEOPLE DO SOMETHING TO ENCOURAGE THE UNDERSTANDING OF OPERA, EVEN IF IT MEANS AN EXTRA POUND OR TWO ON THE COST!
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7 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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Completists have probably never had it so good: for me this was the fifth large vocal collection of earlier generations of singers I managed to acquire, previous ones being those of Callas Studio Recitals =box=, Caballé Original Jacket Collection [15cd], Domingo Placido Domingo: The Album Collectionand Pavarotti Pavarotti Studio Albums, in each of which I discovered lots of sublime music and music-making previously unknown to me--not so with this one. The problem is not so much the occasional recording issues --uncharacteristic of Decca anyway-- that is with what I can best describe as fire and lightness issues. First, more often than not the fire is just not there, and for each part of the repertoire I knew from before I can recommend more engaging alternatives. Second--and this may be just my taste--is that the collection is too light: there are many discs of not-so-serious music, and then there are discs of the lighter side of serious music, leaving little room for the more emotionally loaded side of the soprano repertoire, and even that often performed with a lightness you may or may not find appropriate. This is not to say there is nothing good about the collection (`Serate Musicali' and `Romantic Music for Soprano, Horn and Piano' for example contain beautiful rarities one is unlikely to find elsewhere) but if it is more the soprano repertoire than the art of the late Joan Sutherland you are interested in, there are probably better alternatives to consider.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A God-given voice 3 Jan 2012
By Bill McCann - Published on Amazon.com
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The first delight of this set was a purely visual one - Decca had the great vision to reproduce the original LP sleeve images on each of the individual disks/sets in this collection. As I turned the discs over, the old, familiar, and well-loved, images of "Our Joan" brought back many memories of discovery, astonishment and almighty pleasure.

"La Stupenda" and "The Voice of the Century", were the headlines that hailed her early performances. A God-given voice and a flawless technique, underpinned by dedication and sheer hard work, propelled Joan Sutherland into a commanding place in the history of Opera. She occupied this place for most of the last half of the 20th century.

Her last public performance in the UK was a recital in Newcastle, which had its first half cut short by a bomb threat. We all trouped out into the cold street, and stood for 45 agonising minutes before being allowed back into the theatre. When we were all settled, the host for the evening appeared, and announced that the programme would take up from the first item after the planned interval ,whereupon he was interrupted with a loud "Young Man," from the wings. On strode Our Joan to declare that she still had an aria to sing and no bomb threat was going to stop her! We were rewarded with a gauntlet-flashing rendition of Santo di Patria, from Verdi's Attila. The evening finished very late, but Joan and Richard were there at the stage door smilingly chatting, and signing everything we pushed at them, well into the small hours. Outside, because we all thought that this could indeed be the last time we might hear and see her live, car stereo systems played her recordings at full belt. This was not the mere adulation of besotted and faddy fans, but respect and thanks for almost half a century of dedicated professionalism and, well, selfless giving.

This set has revived for me all of those memories of course, but it is, naturally much more than that. It is, perhaps, both a unique record of a great singer's dedication to her art, and a valuable record of her development as a singer. Throughout her career, most professional critics seem to have missed the point of Joan Sutherland: She was a musician in possession of a most wonderful instrument, which she and Richard Bonynge, protected, nurtured and developed through right through her long career. Late in her career, one critic had the insight to write of her "Com'e Bello" from Lucrezia Borgia that she "actually projects the music, not her own voice" sustaining "the line quite magnificently through a welter of decoration". The event was a Gala Performance to mark the 30th anniversary of her first appearance at Covent Garden. The same Times critic went on to write that in the "Mira O Norma, Sutherland used the consonants to sharpen the sound and to propel it with brilliant focus". Well, the simple truth is that Sutherland had been doing this for many years- she acted with her voice.

The old argument of "Prima la musica, poi le parole" was ignored, if indeed it was ever understood, by the "with it" critics in the 60's and 70's when they forcibly moved the focus of Opera critique from the musical to the visual aspects of a performance. Their new paradigm is now so established that the Director and Costume Designer - and goodness knows what other backstage apparatchiks - all get top billing, with the musicians reduced to small type as a kind of afterthought. However, without the music, Opera is nothing. NO opera singer is, or can be, a consummate actor or actress - those who thought they were, dismally failed when they transferred to the dramatic stage/film set. The simple fact is that, in Opera, the music places severe constraints on a performer's freedom of timing and of movement and, indeed of histrionics. When these things are introduced into a performance on the Opera stage the Opera disappears.

As noted in the booklet, the studio recordings collected in this set are an essential adjunct Sutherland's recordings of her core operatic repertoire. Some, are rare records of the range of Sutherland's musical interests. The "Love Live Forever", Noel Coward and "Talking Pictures" disks naturally stand out, but so does the "Serate Musicali" which remains the only major studio example of the Sutherland/Bonynge voice/piano partnership which thrilled so many audiences over the years. The extraordinary 1987 Romantic Trios for Soprano, Horn and Piano in which Sutherland and Bonynge are joined by Barry Tuckwell is a truly fitting farewell to the studio by a consummate artiste who was then a month shy of her 61st birthday.

These 23 disks are an astonishing record, spanning 20 studio performances from 1958 to 1987, by an artiste whose voice, innate musicality and sheer hard work and dedication rightfully earned her those headline acclamations of "La Stupenda" and "The Voice of the Century".

But there was another acclamation, and one which I believe she treasured more, and that was "Our Joan". For all the fame and adulation that, rightfully, came her way, she never lost touch with her own roots, her audience and her plain Aussie humanity. No histrionics, no tantrums, no walking off at the last minute - just dedication, and an obvious pleasure in being able to give pleasure. To her legion of fans, the enduring image of "Our Joan" will always be her unflappable good humour when hundreds of us would keep her stuck in a draughty Stage Door signing autographs and making simple chat for up to three hours after a Lucia, Marie, Leonora, Lucrezia, Anna Bolena - or a bomb scare!

To sum up, for Joan's fans, this was a wonderful Christmas present from Decca, for the upcoming generation of Opera lovers, this is a set which will define for you the essential parameters of the Bel Canto era, but also the high standards of musicality, dedication and sheer hard work that go to make a great Operatic Voice, something that the younger generation of singers conspicuously seem to lack. Treasure it, it truly is the Voice of the 20th Century.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soooo worth getting, a very good deal. 19 Nov 2011
By Drelnis - Published on Amazon.com
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All are familiar with Joan Sutherland's magnificent vocal career, so I am not going to touch on the content of this box collection, but rather the packaging and presentation itself. Beautifully arranged boxed set of all the CDs in cardboard sleeves with original artwork cover. Back of each cardboard sleeve details track listing as expected, the set also comes with a booklet that further expands the track listings (recording date, composer, librettist, conductor, chorus master, etc.). Booklet sadly comes with only 3 printed pictures of Joan, could have done much more work in compiling a small photobook, considering how easily Decca could have come up with something great. But over all, this is a great buy, not to miss for any Sutherland fan who doesn't already have all of her studio recital CDs in other issues. If you already have the majority of these titles, don't buy the set, it doesn't come with any extra material worth getting. Now we just wait for Decca to release the Complete Opera Recording.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Studenda Doesn't Disappoint 27 Dec 2011
By Peter Grant - Published on Amazon.com
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Somehow I had several of Sutherland's complete opera recordings, but not her "recitals." Some of the discs are traditional recital albums with selections from various operas, but others are albums with a specific theme (Noel Coward, Christmas music, etc.). The discs follow the original album programming, which means they could have condensed it by about half, but the quality of the recordings is excellent and there is the voice of the century sounding young and joyous.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A history of Joan Sutherland's voice 12 Mar 2013
By Britman 48 - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always been a fan of Joan Sutherland and have many of these recordings on Vinyl so I jumped at the chance to own this CD set. Now I can relive the excitement of hearing these gems again.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite complete 22 Mar 2013
By wdhspg - Published on Amazon.com
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There were a couple of releases in the late 60s or early 70s (on LP of course) of arias by Verdi and by Bellini and Donizetti with striking cover photography by either Avedon or Scavullo which are not included here although the arias are scattered among other CDs. I was disappointed not to find those recordings in the box but perhaps they've never been released in original form on CD before. ("Original" after all doesn't specify LP or CD.) Either way complete is complete and this is not. It would have been nice to listen to the arias included in those recordings in the original sequence without hunting for them on other CDs.
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