Particular HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Decca) V. Bellini – La Sonnambula (Sutherland)

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# Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
# Singer: Joan Sutherland, Margareta Elkins, Nicola Monti, Fernando Corena a. o.
# Orchestra: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
# Conductor: Richard Bonynge
# Vinyl (1963)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN: B000024240
# Size: 2.69 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

Another testament why Sutherland is ‘La stupenda.’ Just listen to the final cabaletta “Ah! non giunge” and you’ll be blown away. This is Sutherland a year (or 2?) after her triumph as ‘Lucia.’ Her second recording pales in comparison (although she has Pavarotti in that recording). Very secure coloratura singing, solid, tremendous voice in alt, and perfect portrayal of what I a young innocent maiden. This is THE ‘Sonnambula’ to get.

For some foolish reason, Decca has decided to discontinue the printing of this marvelous set. If you’re looking for a fantastic Sonnambula recording, or are just a fan of great singing, I would do whatever it takes to get this set.

Why? Well we all know that nobody buys La Sonnambula looking for a gripping drama. Sonnambula has one of the dumbest plots ever created, even by opera’s standards. Bellini, in this case, is purely about beautiful singing: bel canto, we’ll call it. Also, nobody buys La Sonnambula based around the supporting cast. In this case, the tenor Monti does a more than adequate job in his few parts. And the other cast members? Well, who really cares?

So why does one buy La Sonnambula? Because it is an amazing showcase for a coloratura soprano. In this case, THE coloratura soprano: Dame Joan Sutherland. In this recording, we find Sutherland in incredible form. Her voice still has the amazing freshness of her legendary “Art of the Prima Donna”. Also, her diction is surprisingly good, which is just the icing on the cake. I actually would buy this set based purely on the incredble Eb’s that end “Sovra il sen” and Act I. They are out of this world. She holds and holds them; it is astonishing. Her dazzling coloratura technique is on full display in “Ah, non giunge” (alas, she doesn’t go for a high F, but maybe that only happens in my operatic fantasies), and the young Sutherland is perfectly able to convey the sadness in Bellini’s beautifuly melodious “Ah, non credea mirarti”.

This set is about as perfect as it comes, and I’ve run out of positive adjectives to describe it. This was the first Sonnambula to be recorded without cuts, and it is quite refreshing to hear both verses of Lisa’s aria.

I have nothing else to say. Do whatever you can to buy this set, you’ll be glad you did.

 Analyzed folder: /Users/alfredo/Desktop/ HiResMusic/96k Bellini – Sonnambula Sutherland/96k Bellini – Sonnambula Sutherland
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename

 DR12        -0.33 dB     -19.24 dB     La Sonnambula – SideA.wav
 DR13        -0.45 dB     -19.72 dB     La Sonnambula – SideB.wav
 DR17        -0.83 dB     -24.23 dB     La Sonnambula – SideC.wav
 DR12        -0.01 dB     -17.58 dB     La Sonnambula – SideD.wav
 DR12        -0.03 dB     -17.59 dB     La Sonnambula – SideE.wav
 DR12        -0.87 dB     -19.11 dB     La Sonnambula – SideF.wav

 Number of files:    6
 Official DR value:    DR13


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  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Special Edition Denon DL 103
  • Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

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  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
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