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# Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
# Performer: Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Spiro Malas, Monica Sinclair
# Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
# Conductor: Richard Bonynge
# Vinyl (1968)
# Number of discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN CD: B0000041QJ
# Size: 2.02 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
I love this set. It always put a smile on my face. To begin, the music is marvelous…very catchy tunes. As Marie, Sutherland is a breath of fresh air…what lovely tone quality…what breathtaking coloratura and high notes. The diva simply makes child’s play with Marie’s difficult arias, interpolating many high E’s and trills, and fioratura. Sutherland is the supreme vocal virtuoso. Pavorotti is at his absolute best here, never have I heard him in better voice, what a talent he is.
Wait till you hear him hit the nine high C’s in his big aria!
Yes…that’s nine high C’s in one aria!
This set is a must have for everyone who loves opera and beautiful singing.
This opera, about an orphan girl who is adopted by a whole regiment of Napoleon’s army (meaning that anyone who wants to marry her must get the regiment’s consent) combines sparkling comedy with spectacular vocal writing–not only for the soprano but for the tenor who, in one legendary passage, must produce nine high Cs in quick succession. Pavarotti’s performance in this production, fairly early in his career, ranks with his Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore, among the best of his recording career. Sutherland finds the role of Marie congenial, in terms of characterization as well as vocally, and the conducting is generally acceptable if not spectacularly good. –Joe McLellan
It’s just like grabbing the big family blanket, snacks, drinks, flashlights, hopping in the car and going to watch the fireworks display on Independence Day. I’m serious. Prepare yourself because this opera will just blow you away with the amount of vocal pyrotechnics that are jam-packed in. It’s like the best 4th of July, EVER!
One would almost think Donizetti wrote this opera with Dame Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti in mind. Both are in extremely good voice here in this late 60’s recording, and all the high notes packed in here tell you just that. Listen to what seems like hundreds of high D’s and E’s from Sutherland, and the gorgeous high C’s from Pavarotti. These two pull out all the stops, especially Sutherland, and one sees just why they became popular… perfect technique, incomparable and beautiful voices, everything.
The comedy here is done very well by all of the cast, and one can actually find themself laughing in “Le jour naissait dans le bocage” in Act 2, when Sutherland in the part of Marie is being vocally coached by her mother, and nudged on by her father. Marie gets carried away and flustered, and it truly is hilarious to hear the communication between all three. All of the cast is vocally quite good, although Monica Sinclair is at times really quite squawky and muffled in her alto role. However, she uses this to her advantage when she flashes about her comedic prowess.
One drawback to this recording… the French accents. Sutherland’s is pretty good, and her diction is not really that bad at all. Monica Sinclair I think tries too hard. It sounds more like she’s making fun of the accent than trying to speak French well. And I caught her a couple times pronouncing things wrong (if only Amazon allowed people to hear her pronounce “perdue” from the track “La romance perdue”… yikes!). The chorus… ugh. If only Bonynge could have gotten a true French-speaking chorus. I really had to cringe sometimes when I heard them pronouncing some simple words completely wrong. It was somewhat distressing. And Pavarotti, bless him, tries his best, though his own accent is evident through his french. HOWEVER… I’m being somewhat picky, and everything else that this recording provides completely wins me over. If I could give this CD set a thousand stars instead of 5 I would.
Whether you like Bonynge’s usual work with the baton or not, I think one has to admit he conducts excellently here. He conducts this perky little opera with so much spunk, yet allows time for the emotions of it all to sink in. And one has to praise Donizetti. A thousand thanks that he composed this opera. It’s so full of fun, comedy, glorious singing, and is really quite uplifting with all of its marchlike tunes.
There aren’t enough performers of this caliber that can sing this sort of repertoire these days. This is truly a benchmark recording, and I think the finest that Pavarotti and Sutherland ever recorded together. Perhaps it is one of the most historic opera recordings… Although it is evident that it is not praised enough.
When looking at the competition, I’m sorry, but NOTHING will compare. Not the Sills version (her coloratura does not even come close to this), and not Pavarotti’s other version (it doesn’t feature Sutherland as Marie, and it’s sung in Italian!).
To sum it up, grab that big blanket, the goodies, and get settled to hear the vocal fireworks of two greats in recorded opera history! This is a priceless set, and belongs in the collection of ANY opera lover (it could quite possibly convert those who aren’t currently fans of Sutherland’s work!). I promise…… THIS IS SINGING AT ITS ABSOLUTE FINEST WITH TWO OF THE FINEST SINGERS EVER… IN THEIR PRIME!!!
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Official DR value: DR14
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