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Donizetti: Lucie Di Lammermoor / Natalie Dessay, Et Al


Release Date: 11/17/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 66731   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Roberto AlagnaYves SaelensLudovic TézierNicolas Cavallier,   ... 
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera OrchestraLyon Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The whims of 19th-century prima donnas take a lot of explaining. Early on in Lucia’s career in Italy, Donizetti found that sopranos didn’t like the Act 1 cavatina, ‘Regnava nel silenzio’, and he allowed it to be replaced by another aria and cabaletta, ‘Perchè non ho’, from Rosmonda d’Inghilterra (the opera he had composed for Florence in 1834, the year before the première of Lucia in Naples). It’s a pleasant enough aria, but by losing all the story of Lucy seeing the ghost by the fountain (the subject of ‘Regnava’), the references later in the Mad Scene to this become meaningless. Similarly, as the Rosmonda aria is accompanied by a flute, that spoils the effect of the flute’s entry later in the opera.

When Lucia
Read more was translated into French to become Lucie, for the Théâtre de la Renaissance in Paris in 1839 (not the theatre of that name we know today, but a quite different venue in the Rue Neuve-Ventadour), this transposed aria was kept, and the opera was shortened. The Lucy-Raimond duet was excised, as was the character of Lucy’s companion, Alisa. It’s all rather strange, and it’s difficult to believe that Donizetti actually wanted these changes, rather that they were forced on him by the managementand its stars. This French Lucie continued to be performed into the 1900s – Lucette Korsoff recorded the replacement aria in 1913 (reissued on IRRC, 8/92).

Lucie – the earlier one, live from the Martina Franca Festival in 1997, has a lot of spirit, but is inevitably overshadowed by this new studio version, recorded after a series of performances at the Lyon Opera in 2002. Natalie Dessay is a Lucy in the tradition of Lily Pons, a light soprano rather than the more dramatic character we have become used to in the performances of Callas and Sutherland. She phrases ‘A toi ma vie’ (‘Alfin son tua’) with real feeling, and takes the lower options at the climax of this and the sextet, which subsequently rather fails to make its usual impact.

Roberto Alagna is a fine Edgard; both the Wolf’s Crag duet – with Ludovic Tézier as Henry – and the tomb scene go well. For dramatic effects Alagna has taken to using a rather ‘throaty’ quality, which was never evident in his earlier recordings. I hope it is for effect, and not the result of singing too many Manricos and Don Josés. Nevertheless, ‘Tombe de mes aieux’ is the high point of the proceedings.

Evelino Pidò directs a mostly restrained reading, with little of the white heat that Schippers brings to it in the recently reissued Westminster set with Sills and Bergonzi (10/02). As for the Rosmonda aria, it is so much more appropriate in its original context, with a middle section as a duet for two sopranos, as can be heard in Renée Fleming’s performance on Opera Rara (6/01). Lucie is such a curiosity, that I’m glad to have heard it, but it makes one admire the original Lucia all the more.

-- Patrick O'Connor, Gramophone [reviewing the original release of this recording, Virgin 45528]
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Works on This Recording

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Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Yves Saelens (Tenor), Ludovic Tézier (Baritone),
Nicolas Cavallier (Bass), Marc Laho (Tenor), Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Lyon Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Lyon National Opera, Lyon, France 
Language: French 
Notes: This is the French version of the opera.  

Sound Samples

Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "Couronnez la crète des montagnes" (Gilbert/Choeur): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "Couronnez la crète des montagnes" (Gilbert/Choeur)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: No.2 - Scene & air avec choeur: Quel air sombre (Gilbert/Ashton)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "D'un amour qui me brave" (Ashton/Gilbert/Choeur): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "D'un amour qui me brave" (Ashton/Gilbert/Choeur)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "A moi viens, ouvre tes ailes" (Ashton/Choeur/Gilbert): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "A moi viens, ouvre tes ailes" (Ashton/Choeur/Gilbert)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "J'arrive le dernier au rendez-vous" (Arthur/Ashton/Gilbert/Choeur): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "J'arrive le dernier au rendez-vous" (Arthur/Ashton/Gilbert/Choeur)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "Gilbert! - C'est moi, mademoiselle" (Lucie/Gilbert): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "Gilbert! - C'est moi, mademoiselle" (Lucie/Gilbert)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "Que n'avons nous des ailes" (Lucie): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "Que n'avons nous des ailes" (Lucie)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "C'est moi Lucie, j'ai voulu" (Edgard/Lucie): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "C'est moi Lucie, j'ai voulu" (Edgard/Lucie)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "Sur la tombe de mon père" (Edgard/Lucie): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "Sur la tombe de mon père" (Edgard/Lucie)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "Qu'une lettre en ma misère" (Lucie/Edgard): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 1: "Qu'une lettre en ma misère" (Lucie/Edgard)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "Ainsi tu viens de France?" (Ashton/Gilbert): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "Ainsi tu viens de France?" (Ashton/Gilbert)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "Je t'attendais, approche" (Ashton/Lucie): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "Je t'attendais, approche" (Ashton/Lucie)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "Pleurant son absence, du fond de ma souffrance" (Lucie/Ashton): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "Pleurant son absence, du fond de ma souffrance" (Lucie/Ashton)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "Entends-tu ces chants de fête?" (Ashton/Lucie): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "Entends-tu ces chants de fête?" (Ashton/Lucie)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "Suivons l'amant qui nous conduit" (Choeur/Arthur): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "Suivons l'amant qui nous conduit" (Choeur/Arthur)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "Eh bien, Lucie?" (Arthur/Ashton/Choeur/Edgard/Raymond): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "Eh bien, Lucie?" (Arthur/Ashton/Choeur/Edgard/Raymond)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "J'ai pour moi mon droit "(Tous/Choeur): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "J'ai pour moi mon droit "(Tous/Choeur)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "Loin de nous, j'ordonne" (Ashton/Arthur/Choeur/Raimond/Edgard/Lucie): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "Loin de nous, j'ordonne" (Ashton/Arthur/Choeur/Raimond/Edgard/Lucie)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "Non, du serment tu trahis la foi ! Anatheme...." (Tous/Choeur): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 2: "Non, du serment tu trahis la foi ! Anatheme...." (Tous/Choeur)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: Entracte: Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: Entracte
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Oui mon seigneur, à la petite porte" (Gilbert/Ashton/Edgard): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Oui mon seigneur, à la petite porte" (Gilbert/Ashton/Edgard)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Souviens-toi qu'en ce domaine" (Ashton/Edgard): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Souviens-toi qu'en ce domaine" (Ashton/Edgard)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "J'aurai ton sang" (Edgard/Ashton): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "J'aurai ton sang" (Edgard/Ashton)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Elle a quitté ces lieux" (Choeur): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Elle a quitté ces lieux" (Choeur)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Malheur ! Malheur !" (Raymond/Choeur): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Malheur ! Malheur !" (Raymond/Choeur)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Elle s'avance, hélas, pauvre victime" (Raymond/Lucie): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Elle s'avance, hélas, pauvre victime" (Raymond/Lucie)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Ah ! C'est l'hymne des noces" (Lucie): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Ah ! C'est l'hymne des noces" (Lucie)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Ashton s'avance" (Raymond/Lucie/Choeur/Ashton): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Ashton s'avance" (Raymond/Lucie/Choeur/Ashton)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Je vais quitter la terre" (Lucie/Ashton/Raymond/Choeur): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Je vais quitter la terre" (Lucie/Ashton/Raymond/Choeur)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Tombes de mes aïeux" (Edgard): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Tombes de mes aïeux" (Edgard)
Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Ravenswood, à ton attente" (Choeur/Edgard/Raymond/Ashton): Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor, Act 3: "Ravenswood, à ton attente" (Choeur/Edgard/Raymond/Ashton)

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