Tag Archives: Joan Sutherland

HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Georg F. Händel – Highlights from “Julius Caesar” (Sutherland/Horne/Bonynge)

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Many thanks to our friend Lemarquis for a beautiful angel
Sutherland, Bonynge and Co. (What a Co.!) recorded only the highlights for Julius Caesar. It was one of their earliest Decca collaborations.
Almost 6 years after Joan has passed away, it hurts more than ever to know, she will never sing again, but from her records.

Composer: Georg F. Händel
Performer: Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Margareta Elkins, Monica Sinclair, Richard Conrad
Orchestra: New Symphony Orchestra London
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Vinyl (1964)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: 13
Size: 1.0 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca/London) Gaetano Donizetti – Maria Stuarda (Sutherland/Pavarotti/Tourangeau)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks for this jewel to a generous friend from Lake Michigan area
This opera becomes a battle of the divas in its great second act, with Sutherland, as Mary Stuart, pitted against the jealous, paranoid, and vengeful Elizabeth I (Tourangeau). There is an intensely dramatic confrontation in which insults are violently exchanged between the powerful monarch and her imprisoned but still regal rival to the throne. Mary wins the battle of insults, but this is a dangerous victory over one who has the power of life and death. Elizabeth orders Mary’s execution and Act III becomes a spectacle of pathos and horror. Sutherland’s usual style is more attuned to pathos than to the swapping of insults, but she rises splendidly to the challenges of Act II and she has a splendid supporting cast.
–Joe McLellan

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Huguette Tourangeau, James Morris
Orchestra: Orchestra Del Teatro Comunale Di Bologna
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Vinyl (1976)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Decca/London
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 1.85 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (Ansermet)

front-small-boxset Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this pearl
What is truly amazing to me is the fact that this version was originally recorded in 1959 (!!!). While the strings might seem a bit thin in places to some, the basses and woodwinds really shine in this recording. Ansermet’s crisp, up-tempo interpretation of the score is one of the best ever, in my estimation, and not to be missed. Ansermet delivers a lean, muscular performance of the ‘Ninth’ with a slow movement of cool beauty. The youthful choir adds real zest to the finale and aided by a quartet of star soloists (this was Joan Sutherland’s first recording for Decca) Ansermet gives the choral finale real nobility.

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Joan Sutherland, Norma Procter, Anton Dermota, Arnold van Mill
Orchestra: L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
Conductor: Ernest Ansermet

Vinyl (1961)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 1.31 GB
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L.Delibes – Lakme – Australian Opera (J.Sutherland , R.Bonynge) (1976 ,1991,Opera,DVD5)

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L.Delibes – Lakme – Australian Opera (J.Sutherland , R.Bonynge) (1976 ,1991,Opera,DVD5)

Composer:L.Delibes
Performer:Joan Sutherland
Conductor:Richard Bonynge
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD Video
Size: 4.36 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: florenfile

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca/London) Vincenzo Bellini – Norma (Sutherland)

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Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this wonderful gift
La Stupenda” Joan Sutherland underlines with this performance, that she was the best soprano ever lived. She was able to sing every role with an angelic smile on her face. Sutherland was the vocal wonder of the world at the time of this recording (1964). I would go further after hearing this miraculous recording to call her the vocal wonder of all time. The voice is just opulent and huge. Even Marilyn Horne’s voice sounds thin next to Sutherland’s. She simply opens her mouth, and a gigantic high E-flat comes out with the greate of ease. Note here that Casta Diva is sung in “G” instead of “F”. Which is much more difficult, of course, because of all the sustain high notes. Opera is voice, and Sutherland has been called by Pavorotti as the greatest voice of the century. And this recording proves that. I respect Callas, but her voice and technique can’t touch Sutherland’s.

# Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
# Performer: Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, John Alexander, Richard Cross

# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Richard Bonynge
# Vinyl (1968)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca/London
# DR-Analysis: DR: 14
# Size: 3.19 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

 

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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Decca) Charles Gounod – Faust (Sutherland/Corelli/Ghiaurov)

front-small-boxsetIf you want to know this great masterpiece composed by Gounod, or if you are just adding one more recording to your collection, please get this recording! You WON’T be disappointed! I have listened to many of the other catalogue recordings of this opera and this recording leaves them in it’s shadow. The orchestral playing and conducting are a revelation. Corelli is a ‘force of nature’. He portrays Faust as a tortured man. Sutherland is a stupendous Marguerite and Ghiaurov is a herculean Mephistopheles.

# Composer: Charles Gounod
# Performer: Dame Joan
Sutherland, Franco Corelli, Nicolai Ghiaurov
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Richard Bonynge
# Vinyl (1966)
# Number of discs: 4
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN CD: B0000041TQ
# Size: 3.83 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Vincenzo Bellini – I Puritani (Sutherland/Pavarotti/Bonynge)

front_small_boxsetMany thanks to our Bob for this fantastic gift
Maybe I get sentimental, when I get older and older, but I always send a kiss to heaven and cannot thank enough, if I can hear again the voices of Sutherland, Pavarotti, Ghiaurov and the music of Bellini. The sicilian wonder Bellini died too early (aged 34), but he conditioned and impressed the opera scene like no one other. His handful of operas are among the most beautiful you can find in the operatics world: Norma, I Capuleti E I Montecchi, La Sonnambula, Beatrice Di Tenda, I Puritani.

# Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
# Performers: Piero Cappuccilli, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Anita Caminada, Gian Carlo Luccardi, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Richard Bonynge
# Vinyl (1973/75)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Label: London (Decca)
# ASIN: B0000041SB
# Size: 3.45 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Jaques Offenbach – The Tales Of Hoffmann (Sutherland/Domingo)

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This is the first of many recordings that attempts to return this opera–which the composer left unfinished at his death–to something more in line with what he envisioned. While it may work in the theater, it seems fitful on record, particularly with spoken dialogue. The cast, with Plácido Domingo in the title role and Joan Sutherland playing all four heroines, has long made this recording a first-choice Hoffmann among some critics.

# Composer: Jaques Offenbach
# Performer: Joan Sutherland, Gabriel Bacquier, Huguette Tourangeau, Margarita Lilova, Paul Plishka, Placido Domingo
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Richard Bonynge

# Vinyl (1972)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: B0000041RR

# Size: 2.88 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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High-End Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Dame Joan Sutherland – The Art Of The Primadonna, Vol. 1 & 2

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If you are an opera lover and don’t own this…or don’t grab it, you are everything you want, but not an opera lover

# Composer: Vincenzo Bellini, Georg Friedrich Händel, Gioacchino Rossini, Thomas Arne, Charles Gounod, Giuseppe Verdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Leo Delibes, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Ambroise Thomas
# Performer: Joan Sutherland
# Orchestra: Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden
# Conductor: Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
# Vinyls (1960)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN: B00004XQ8G
# Size: 2.25 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Don Giovanni (Giulini)

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# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Singer: Eberhard Wächter, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Giuseppe Taddei, Gottlob Frick, Graziella Sciutti, Joan Sutherland, Luigi Alva, Piero Cappuccilli
# Orchestra: Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
# Vinyl (1959)
# Number of Discs: 4
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR14
# ASIN: B002N4DZ2G
# Size: 2.96 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
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