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The Essential Joan Sutherland

Sutherland,Joan
Release Date: 02/22/2005 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 2917  
Composer:  Various ArtistsVincenzo BelliniGaetano DonizettiGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  Monique BrynnelHuguette TourangeauGregory YurisichRonald Stevens,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraOpera Australia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

THE ESSENTIAL SUTHERLAND
Joan Sutherland (sop); Richard Bonynge, cond; Robert Allman, Anson Austin, Heather Begg, Monique Brynnel, Malcolm Donnelly, Graeme Ewer, Robert Gard, Clifford Grant, Marilyn Horne, Cynthia Johnsston, Patricia Price, John Shaw, Ronals Stevens, Huguette Tourangeau, Gregory Yurisch; Op Australia Ballet & Ch; Elizabethan Sydney O; Australian Op & Ballet O; O of the Royal Op House KULTUR DVD D 2917 (115 :00)

Excerpts from: Norma, La fille du régiment, Il trovatore, La traviata, The Merry Widow, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Adriana Lecouvreur, Les Huguenots, Lakmé, Semiramide, Lucrezia Borgia, Die Fledermaus, Lucia di Lammermoor

Dame Joan Sutherland has reached
Read more iconic status today, and it is a good thing to have these excerpts illustrating the many facets of her career, however stilted the manner in which they are introduced by the soprano herself and Richard Bonynge. What is of greater concern to the viewer today is that these are excerpts taken almost entirely from the last 10 years of Sutherland’s career, when we might have preferred to see and hear items from the magic decade of the 1960s and even early 1970s. What never ceases to amaze us is the facility with which such a large voice can maintain such agility and high notes, while to everyone’s credit there is also emphasis on the singer’s ability to sustain a lyric line as we can see in the examples from Lakmé (and not the “Bell Song”) or Trovatore. Although most of her career was taken up with the tragic heroines, Sutherland possessed a great comedic talent, demonstrated in the items from Fille du regiment or Fledermaus, at the same time indicating her ability to adapt to other modes—the second solo of Mme Lidoine from Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (sung in relatively comprehensible English). Let us not forget that Sutherland was in the Covent Garden cast when the work was given there shortly after its Scala and Paris premieres. She relates that Poulenc even authorized a high note for her that wasn’t in the original score. Marilyn Horne sings in a duet from Semiramide (a concert performance), Luciano Pavarotti a duet from Traviata, and Anson Austin is credited with his performance as Raoul in Les Huguenots but not elsewhere, while the remaining singers are lumped together in the end credits; we do, however, recognize Huguette Tourangeau in the Lakmé excerpt, where she is in good form, though the role is one that does not evoke the more exuberant aspects of her vocal personality. But it is Dame Joan who is the center of interest, and the DVD allows us to see and hear her in a cross-section of her repertoire, so that those who did not see and hear her in her prime can still be aware of the potent magic she was able to distill.

Joel Kasow, FANFARE


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Works on This Recording

1. Work(s) by Various Artists
Performer:  Monique Brynnel (Voice), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano), Gregory Yurisich (Bass Baritone),
Ronald Stevens (Baritone), John Shaw (Baritone), Graeme Ewer (Baritone),
Robert Allman (Baritone), Patricia Price (Mezzo Soprano), Malcolm Donnelly (Baritone),
Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano), Clifford Grant (Bass), Robert Gard (Voice),
Heather Begg (Mezzo Soprano), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Anson Austin (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Opera Australia Orchestra
2. Norma: Excerpt(s) by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
3. La fille du régiment: Excerpt(s) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
4. Il trovatore: Excerpt(s) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
5. La traviata: Excerpt(s) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
6. Die lustige Witwe: Excerpt(s) by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
7. Dialogues des carmélites: Excerpt(s) by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
8. Adriana Lecouvreur: Excerpt(s) by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
9. Les Huguenots: Excerpt(s) by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
10. Lakmé: Excerpt(s) by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
11. Semiramide: Excerpt(s) by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
12. Lucrezia Borgia: Excerpt(s) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Italy 
13. Die Fledermaus: Excerpt(s) by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
14. Lucia di Lammermoor: Excerpt(s) by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 

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