Joan Sutherland: Command Performance

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Joan Sutherland: Command Performance
Joan Sutherland (soprano) / London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

[ Decca Eloquence / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Wednesday 5 August 2015

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The first complete issue (outside of a limited edition box set collection) of a celebrated 2LP set recorded by Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge in 1962. The songs, arias and ballads were selected to make up the kind of program which, as contemporary accounts reveal, might well have been given by royal command before Queen Victoria. The pieces range from 'Ocean! Thou mighty monster' from Weber's Oberon to one of Queen Victoria's staunchest favourites - Home, Sweet Home. The colourful and fascinating original notes for the LP issue by Andrew Porter are reprinted for this CD issue.

'Queen Victoria loved music for music's sake, and singing appealed especially to her. It was a joy, a necessity to her to hear music every day and to keep in contact with the musicians of her time. Artists met with the most charming and graceful reception, and the Queen always entertained herself for a long time with them about the works and their performance!'

That is from Blanche Marchesi's autobiography; the passage could be paralleled in the life of almost every singer of Victoria's reign. The Queen was a connoisseur.


Disc 1
Ozean! Du Ungeheuer! (Ocean! Thou mighty monster) (Oberon - Weber)
De cet affreux combat...Pleurez, mes yeux (Le Cid - Massenet)
"Dieu! Comme cette nuit est lente...Ombre légère" (Dinorah - Meyerbeer)
Qual fiamma avea nel guardo..Stridono lassù (I Pagliacci - Leoncavallo)
Dall' infame banchetto...Tu del mio Carlo
Che! e segnar questo mano...Tu puniscimi, o Signore? (Lucia Miller - Verdi)
Come tacer...vorrei spiegarvi il giubilo
Eccomi pronta...Deh, se un'urna (Beatrice fi Tenda - Bellini)

Disc 2
The Gypsy and the Bird
Parla !
Io non sono piu l'Annetta
Ideale (Italy)
Il Bacio
La Serenata
Lo! hear the gentle lark
Last Rose of Summer
Scenes that are brightest
I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls
Home Sweet Home