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5.0 out of 5 stars Joan Sutherland - Complete Studio Recitals
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...
Published on 29 July 2012 by Matthew

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2.0 out of 5 stars A definitive Sutherland, but not so definitive soprano repertoire collection
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...
Published on 24 Jan 2012 by Iradj Moeini


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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
This review is from: Joan Sutherland - The Studio Recitals (Audio CD)
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
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE COMPLETE STUDIO RECITALS AND NO TEXTS/TRANSLATIONS, 28 Feb 2013
This review is from: Joan Sutherland - The Studio Recitals (Audio CD)
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
2.0 out of 5 stars A definitive Sutherland, but not so definitive soprano repertoire collection, 24 Jan 2012
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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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