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Lucia Di Lammermoor

Donizetti , Sutherland , Pavarotti , Bonynge Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Dec 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Bella Voce Records
  • ASIN: B000005SJE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act One: 'Let Us Search The Neigbouring Shores'
2. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act One: 'You Are Troubled!'
3. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act One: 'Cruel, Baneful Torment'
4. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act One: 'Your Doubts'
5. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act One: 'He Has Not Yet Come!'
6. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act One: 'Enveloped In Silence'
7. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act One: 'When Enraptured, Ecstatic'
8. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act One: 'He Is Coming'
9. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act One: 'On The Tomb That Holds'
10. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act One: 'Born By Gentle Breezes'
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act Three: 'With A Great Joy'
2. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act Three: 'Ah! From The Rooms Where Lucy'
3. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act Three: 'The Sweet Sound'
4. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act Three: 'The Incense Is Burning'
5. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act Three: 'Henry Approaches!'
6. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act Three: 'Spread With Bitter Tears'
7. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act Three: 'Tombs Of My Ancestors'
8. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act Three: 'Soon An Uncared-For Tomb'
9. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act Three: 'Oh, Poor Girl!'
10. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act Three: 'You Who Have Spread Your Wings To Heaven'
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ideal Sutherland version 20 July 2009
In the opera house, Sutherland is the complete package. This live recording of Lucia from 1975 captures the full phenomenon that was La Stupenda and it surely puts to rest any quibbles about her dramatic gifts or ability to enunciate the words. It's accepted by anyone with the ears to hear and the heart to feel that this was the most glorious soprano voice of the 20th century; the most complete technique, the most thrillingly spectacular vocal perfection. But she has her critics on the words versus music front. So, I say to those critics: Listen to this! It's a staggering interpretation. The pyrotechnics are triumphantly perfect, as you might expect - but the dramatic involvement is equally fully realised. This is the Lucia of our age and Sutherland lets us see why the role is one of the greatest challenges of all soprano roles through the sheer ease of her performance. It has everything, sharply etched pronunciation and supreme vocal display - but at the service of the music. Those E flats pinned you to the back of your seat, even on the back row! I remember them at Covent Graden in 1985 but here, ten years earlier, they are even more astonishing.

Pavarotti is in golden voice too: seemingly endless waves of burnished, sumptuous tone. Sutherland makes him work hard (as he was sometimes apt not to do with lesser partners) and one can feel the respect he has for the woman who, more than any other, helped him to become the great singer he was. I've said before in other reviews that they don't make them like this any more. Don't take my word for it. Just listen to this and judge for yourself.

Although live, the sound on this set is perfectly acceptable. Bonynge conducts with a great sense of style and dramatic thrust. It was evidently one of the great nights at the opera.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was privileged to hear Sutherland perform this in person 30 Nov 2000
By David E. Levine - Published on Amazon.com
In the early 1980s, I believe around 1983, Joan Sutherland returned to the Metropolitan Opera after a ten year hiatus. I was privileged to be there when she made her great return. After the mad scene, she received an extended standing ovation, right in the middle of the act. This was deja vu .. she received such an incredible reception many years earlier in her debut at the Met. Her performance in this CD captures this brilliant, bel canto artistry. In contratst to Maria Callas, who portrayed a dark, ominous side to Lucia, Sutherland's performanc is replete with coloratura trills and flutters. Rather than being dark and brooding in the mad scene, as was Callas, Sutherland is beautifully pitiful. I recommend this recording of one of the great Lucias of the 20th century and I recommend also getting one by Callas, another great, as an interesting contrast.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Stupenda! 19 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a live recording of Lucia. And in my opinion, Sutherland excels in live performances. From beginning to end, not a single note out of place, and we all know how many notes there are in this extremely difficult Donizetti opera! One can almost visualize Dame Joan darting back and force in that blood stained white nightgown. And I couldn't help but yelled BRAVA, DIVA after she sang her last high E-flat.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sutherland's 1959 Lucia...the marvel of the 20th century! 29 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Without question, this Lucia is the best there is. Yes, Sutherland's two studio recordings are quite good, but can't touch this LIVE recording. Please take my word for it, this is true bravado singing in the highest magnitude. Sutherland's sumptuous voice here is just super human, every trill, staccato, and arppegio, breath-takingly accurate. The high E's are staggering, fantastic, amazing. Dame Joan singing is moving, and full of pathos. It just doesn't get any better than this. La Stupenda deserves the supreme title of....Prima Donna Assoluta.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sutherland is magnificent. 8 May 2001
By Anthony Louis - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a live 1975 recording from Chicago with some bonus tracks from a 1959 recording, which allows you to compare a younger Joan to her more mature performance. There are moments on this CD that are breathtaking. I wish I had attended the live performance. Anyone who enjoys Joan Sutherland and Lucia Di Lammermoor will love this CD.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravissima 18 Feb 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
At the ripe old age of 50, La Stupenda can still pull it off. All the legendary technique and high notes still perfect. And this is the last set of Lucia that the diva sang before she started to steadily decline over the next 14 years before her retirement. As you can hear from the rapturous audience, they knew that this is something they're likely never hear again in their lifetime. Buy it.
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