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5.0 out of 5 stars Sutherlands second set - the best Lucia of them all!, 26 Aug 2004
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This review is from: Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Audio CD)
This Lucia di Lammermoor is excellent.
Sutherland's second recording is 10 years after her first and this set is by far the stronger reading. She seems more dramatic and her diction is better. Pavarotti is a step up on Renato Cioni as Edguardo, he is more ardent and comes into his own in the last act. Milnes is very strong also as Enrico.
Bonynge is excellent, drawing very beautiful tone from the ROH Orchestra.
The sound is better than Sutherland's earlier set with clearer, better focused stereo.
With brilliant singing and very good conducting there are very few better Lucia's than this recording.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one to be judged by, 29 Sep 2007
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This review is from: Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Audio CD)
In every respect, Sutherland's second studio recording is the benchmark for this work. Her performance remains supreme technically, with dazzling coloratura etc etc, as expected. But it is far more than that. Her Lucia is a real flesh and blood woman and she wrings evey last drop of pathos out of the role - with the most beautiful, evenly produced voice of the 20th century. And to cap it all, she sings it a semi-tone higher than any other recorded performance - as Donizetti intended it! Milnes is also wonderfully dramatic and Sutherland's scenes with him raise this set to a compendium of truly great singing. Pavarotti warbles beautifully but, like most of his interpretations, it could be any composer from the first half of the 19th century. This aside, however, you have to give in to Dame Joan's heart stopping interpretation. Many have tried, but no-one comes near her full realisation, in every aspect, of this key bel canto role.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic, 22 Sep 2011
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This review is from: Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Audio CD)
This without doubt is a true classic of the type, not only because of the superb singing of Dame Joan Sutherland in the title role, but also with a superb line up behind her. Sherrill Milnes is peerless as Enrico, Nicolai Ghiaurov is at his best as Raimondo and there is even Huguette Tourangeau in the smaller role of Alisa. Last but not least the set is completed with Luciano Pavarotti as Lucia's fiance Edgardo. What a cast!

What a production! Richard Bonynge, naturally directs the Covent Garden forces. Christopher Raeburn produces another fantastic set for Decca.

For all the above reasons, this set has to be the Lucia to go for.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lucia, 7 July 2007
This review is from: Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Audio CD)
OK, her diction is rather uninspiring, OK, her portrayal is purely musical, but WHO CARES? Her Lucia is second only to Callas's. It is unfair to dismiss it as too sweet, because she puts a lot of effort into her portrayal, and her diction isn't half as bad as her detractors would have you believe. Pavarotti, Ghiaurov, Tourangeau and Milnes are all fabulous too, and Bonynge is a very lucky conductor to be working with such talent. A dream ticket.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic Lucia but not without faults, 25 July 2001
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This review is from: Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Audio CD)
Many people consider this the best Lucia ever. It has some nice qualities, but overall I prefer Sutherland's first try on Decca or one of Callas' performances. Compared to her first try, Sutherland seems to have less trouble with the diction, but the voice has lost some of its bloom and sounds a little bit too mature for Lucia. On the plus side, her voice is better captured on this recording than in 1961. The coloratura is as always impressive, but the characterization remains rather dull. Pavarotti is in a good voice, and sounds appropriately passionate at times, but still sounds more like Pavarotti than Edgardo. If you are his fan (which I am not), you may quite enjoy his performance and vocal health. Milnes to me is one of the best Enricos on record. He adds a note of sensuality and obsession that many others fail to provide, and can even arouse some sympathy at certain moments. Bonynge's conducting is completely focused on the singers, but he fails to bring the darkness and drama that this opera requires. The sound is clear, but a bit artificial and studio-bound for my taste.
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