The Art of the Prima Donna

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ARNE / BELLINI / HANDEL / MOZART / GOUNOD / VERDI / THOMAS / DELIBES
The Art of the Prima Donna
Joan Sutherland (soprano) Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera, Molinari-Pradelli

[ Decca Legends / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Wednesday 25 October 2000

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"Remains one of Dame Joan Sutherland's outstanding gramophone achievements." -
Rosette (highest rating) Penguin Stereo Guide

"Its merits include all of the expected qualities-the exceptional purity of tone, the brilliant fluency, the fullness and freedom on high-as well as others that seem to have passed unappreciated in earlier days...Desdemona's anxiety, Constanze's determination, Marguerite's wonderment, are all real presences here as are the scales, trills, staccatos and other anticipated accomplishments." (Gramophone)

"Here was what seemed like a very large voice...tossing off roulades as if they were a natural mode of communication...Now Dame Joan is silent, but this set tells the truth: She was one of the 20th century's greatest singers--perhaps one of the greatest ever. You must own this set." (ClassicsToday)

"Vocally, Joan Sutherland was at her freshest when she recorded The Art of the Prima Donna in 1960...Her brilliance in vocal pyrotechnics amazes, and is here matched by the fullness of a fleshy tone rarely heard in such offerings...one of the essential Sutherland albums" (OperaNow)

Tracks:

CD 1
1 The soldier tir'd
Artaxerxes - Arne

2. Let the bright Seraphim
Samson - Handel

3 Sediziose voci … Casta diva
Ah! bello a me ritorna
Norma - Bellini

4 Son vergin vezzosa
I puritani - Bellini

5 Bel raggio lusinghier
Semiramide - Rossini

6 O rendetemi la speme …
Qui la voce sua soave …
Vien, diletto
I puritani - Bellini

7 Care compagne … Come per me
sereno … Sovra il sen
La sonnambula - Bellini

8 Ô Dieu! que de bijoux …
Ah! je ris de me voir si belle
Jewel song from Faust - Gounod

CD 2

1 Je veux vivre
Roméo et Juliette - Gounod

2 Mia madre aveva una povera
ancella … Piangea cantando
Willow song from Otello - Verdi

3 Martern aller Arten
Die Entführung aus dem Serail - Mozart

4 E' strano … Ah, fors'è lui …
Sempre libera
La traviata - Verdi

5 À vos jeux, mes amis
Mad scene from Hamlet - Thomas

6 Ah! Où va la jeune Indoue
Bell song from Lakmé - Delibes

7 Ô beau pays de la Touraine!
Les Huguenots - Meyerbeer

8 Gualtier Maldè … Caro nome
Rigoletto - Verdi