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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Nicola Rescigno Audio CD
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  • Performer: Edita Gruberová, Alfredo Kraus, Renato Bruson, Robert Lloyd
  • Orchestra: Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
  • Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Opera
  • ASIN: B00000DOC6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Buy Sutherland or Callas version ..... 10 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
This recording has a harsh sound to it - it's not nearly as good as the Sutherland classic version with Pavarotti or the Callas studio version (mono). Possibly the two later versions of this opera with Gruberova are better. To me, her voice sounds shallow and there is nothing distinctive about her timbre. I'm a Gruberova fan and like her late recordings. Maybe her voice just isn't mature enough on this recording for my taste?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The lovers of Lammermoor--Great because of the singing 20 Mar 2010
By Mr John Haueisen - Published on Amazon.com
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If Lucia di Lammermoor is one of your favorites, this is a recording you will treasure.
I've heard better orchestras, and it's hard to beat the drama when you watch an opera live, or even on a DVD. But this one is great because Lucia performances succeed chiefly on who plays Lucia and Edgardo.

Edgardo here is Alfredo Kraus who brings a combination of passion and perhaps the clearest, honest, most believable Edgardo you will ever hear.

Lucia is Edita Gruberova who sings as close to perfection as woman or man has ever come. She sings all the difficult sections with ease, precision, and at times, ornamentation that seem almost beyond human capabilities. Occasionally people remark to Gruberova that it must be wonderful to have been born with such a gifted voice. Although she replies with a polite "Thank you so much," she has explained many times that she has worked hard all her life--that the voice must be exercised and conquered through hours of practice every day to make it the wonderful tool that we hear in this recording.

It's currently unavailable, but if you get the opportunity to buy a used copy, you will hear perhaps the greatest ever pairing of the lovers of Lammermoor.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars up there with sills and callas 26 Nov 2012
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One could make the case that is the best Lucia on record. If I prefer Sills/Bergonzi, it might be just because Schippers's conducting is more positive than Rescigno's, and surprisingly the 1971 analogue sound has more presence than this early digital (1983) version. But the singing has not been bettered . . . which is not to say that all the voices are better. Bergonzi at 47 has more juice in the voice than Kraus at about 60, but Kraus's singing is, as they say, textbook. He deploys his voice so beautifully -- and the voice still HAS beauty, though it's a bit dry -- and with regard to the drama of what he's singing that criticism seems beside the point. His singing in the final scene is one of the great pieces of singing on record. Gruberova, by contrast, was a young singer in 1983, and she sings the role as well as it has been sung. Lacking the distinctiveness of Callas and Sills, she probably is more technically secure than either, and she brings the drama home in a way that Sutherland, for all her virtues,cannot. Listen to her scene with Bruson, where he convinces her that Edgardo has deserted her --Sills and Cappuccilli are superb here, and Bruson and Gruberova are at least as moving. Bruson throughout sings as beautifully as I've heard him sing. With Lloyd as a solid Raimondo and Bottone as the hapless Arturo, it's clear that the whole opera has been cast from strength. Gruberova, as I write (2012), is still singing -- hers is one of the great underrated careers. This example of her youthful voice and art shouldn't be missed. BTW: the opera is recorded complete, unlike the Callas versions -- so you get Wolf's Crag, and other smaller cuts are opened.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but good 29 Mar 2006
By Vissi d'arte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I guess I was too excited to listen to Gruberova's Lucia for some reason. And yes...it was not as good as what I expected. It is still good but if this is the first Lucia set you are thinking to get, you better consider Callas's Lucia FIRST or if you want better recording quality with GREAT Lucia, choose Sutherland one with Pavarotti. This set though is worth to have as an additional version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Better Lucias 31 July 2003
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Lucia Di Lammermoor is Donizetti's most popular masterpiece. It is the definition of bel canto, since so much of the singing is gorgeous and listening pleasure. There are many sopranos who take on the role of Lucia. It was Maria Callas who popularized the opera in the 20th century. Before that, sopranos who had sung Lucia considered the entire opera to be non-dramatic, romantic fluff and merely a showcase for coloratura divas. The Mad Scene is the highlight and the opera's most famous and memorable scene, which requires the soprano to spin out vocal trills and roulades in an effort to convince the audience that she has gone mad and is ranting. In addition, she must match the pace of the flute which accompanies the last part of the aria. Maria Callas does a great job and succeeds in presenting a dramatic performance with her Lucia. She does seem to be going mad, and her lush elegant legato and coloratura is quite superb. But other than Callas, it is Beverly Sills, Lily Pons and Edita Gruberova who manage to take the trophies.
Personally, my favorite and the one I regard as the best and definitive Lucia is Beverly Sills. But this cd is about Edita Gruberova. Gruberova is exceptional, quite gifted and a worthy Lucia interpretor. Her "Regnava n'el Silenzio" is one of the best I've heard as is "Rapito en estasi", the forementined Mad Scene and "Spargi d'amaro pianto". Gruberova brings coloratura expression with the right touch. In addition, this recording is very worth buying for Alfredo Kraus' tenor role of Edgardo. He is one of the best, next to the likes of such great tenors as Placido Domingo, Carlo Bergonzi and Enrico Caruso.
4.0 out of 5 stars NIce recording 26 Feb 2013
By Raul Ricardo Gallo Calvo - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a recording I always wanted to have. It's a nice one. Gruberova is in great shape. Kraus, strangely, sound a little too light for the role but sings authoritatively. Bruson is nice and Wolf Crag scene is included. Some unusual tempos...
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