Joan Sutherland The Art of The Prima Donna 180g 2LP Speakers Corner
180 Gram Double Virgin Vinyl! La Stupenda! Elegant, Subtle Colorings and Expressive Nuances!
The "Art of the Prima Donna" stands out like a shining star in the firmament
of virtuoso song repertoire and the world of grand opera. And this double LP
pays homage to this cult. It is of little importance that the majority of the
divas who are praised in the cover text celebrated their success long before the
days of the phonograph and that therefore no recordings of them exist. After
all, Joan Sutherland with her wonderfully supple and artistically flexible
soprano voice is more than compensation, and she gives us an idea of how these
works would have sounded in the salons of the 18th and 19th century.
Joan Sutherland is wonderfully British in her poised rendering of the opening
work, Thomas Arne's coloratura aria The Soldier Tir'd, and in Handel's
jubilatory Let the Bright Seraphim. But she earned her honorary title "La
Stupenda" by singing Italian repertoire. With utmost ease, agility and
remarkable clarity in the top register, her voice gets right to the heart of bel
canto. One of the most exquisite and beautiful roles is demonstrated in the
demanding aria Casta Diva from Bellini's Norma, here sung in the original key.
How lucky we are not to have to imagine how this great singer might have
sounded, but can listen to her amazing voice over and over again.
"Ms. Sutherland’s singing was founded on astonishing technique. Her voice was evenly produced throughout an enormous range, from a low G to effortless flights above high C. She could spin lyrical phrases with elegant legato, subtle colorings and expressive nuances. Her sound was warm, vibrant and resonant, without any forcing." - Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
• 180g Virgin Vinyl
• Double LP
• High Quality Pressing
• Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering
Royal Opera House Orchestra & Chorus
2. The Soldier Tir'd
Georg Friedrich Handel
4. Let the Bright Seraphim
6. Recit. and Aria Casta Diva
7. I Puritani
8. Polonaise, Son vergin vezzosa / Qui la voce
9. La Sonnambula
10. Recit. and Aria Come per me sereno
12. Bel raggio lusinghier
14. Ah! Je ris de me voir si belle "Jewel Song"
15. Romeo et Juliette
16. Je veux vivre dans le reve "Waltz Song"
18. Piangea cantando "Willow Song"
19. La Traviata
20. Ah, fors e lui, Sempre libera
22. Recit. and Aria Caro nome
24. A vos jeux "Mad Scene"
26. Ou va la jeune indoue? "Bell Song"
27. Les Huguenots
28. O beau pays
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
29. Die Entfuhrung aus der Serail
30. Martern aller Arten
Recorded July and August 1960 in Kingsway Hall, London.