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  • Audio CD (13 Nov. 2006)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Universal Classics
  • ASIN: B000I8OFGE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 568,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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SUTHERLAND / HORNE / ALEXANDER

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Although Adalgisa was written for soprano voice not mezzo, this set shows how wonderful was the partnership of Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne.
This Norma in the original higher keys, beautifully and accurately sung, delivers supreme excitement, with lots of vocal display, several trills and extensions.
Once Bellini is not Wagner, the way to feel the drama is through gorgeous vocalism, incredible fioratura, perfect sustained high notes, stupendous coloratura duets, light consonant sounds...
Among all the available records, this one is by far the best, the chance of a lifetime.

Joan Sutherland.....Norma
Marilyn Horne......Adalgisa
Yvonne Minton.....Clotilde
John Alexander.....Pollione
Richard Cross.....Oroveso

Recording date: July 1964
Decca set date: 2006

cd1 62.17 (14 tracks)
cd2 30.43 (11 tracks)
cd3 69.10 (18 tracks)

ADD Stereo Studio

Libretto Enclosed (Italian/English) without photos
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It is true that I sometimes find Bonynge's beat a bit limp and I concede that to love this set you must have a taste for Sutherland's soprano. To some, she was and remains the prima donna assoluta in her chosen territory and even if she sometimes lacks the variety of a soprano sfogato like Callas, her singing per se is often simply breath-taking. What trills, what legato, what agility. As always, the power as she rises up and above the stave is astonishing and she is worthily partnered, especially by Marilyn Horne who, despite being neither the soprano for whom the role was written or having a voice which sounds as if it would complement her Norma, seems to match Sutherland perfectly. One reason is the complete unity of their phrasing; they listen carefully and match each other perfectly in those passages in thirds.

Both Americans John Alexander and Richard Cross, despite having distinguished careers, were relatively little recorded but they really shine here, having refined, passionate, properly registered voices of the old school. Alexander is especially virile and impressive, avoiding the clumsiness which sometimes afflicted the Pollione of tenors like Del Monaco and Corelli without ever sounding effete.

You will read some very strange, absurd and off-base reviews of this landmark recording. It was Norma, along with Lucia and Alcina which put Sutherland on the map as one of the greatest dramatic-lyric coloratura sopranos ever and enabled her to consolidate what Callas had begun in wresting such roles away from tweety-birds to big-voiced singers able to do them proper justice.
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O Canto aqui é belíssimo! Dame Joan Sutherland é perfeita como Norma, cada nota
executada com beleza e perfeição - recomendo!
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