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Joan Sutherland - Greatest Hits


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  London/Decca Jubilee Catalog #: 417780   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Luigi ArditiVincenzo BelliniLéo DelibesGaetano Donizetti,   ... 
Performer:  Dame Joan SutherlandRobert MerrillCesare SiepiRinaldo Pelizzoni
Conductor:  Richard BonyngeFrancesco Molinari-PradelliJohn Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony ChorusRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Whether you’re new to opera and have a growing interest in the artistry of Dame Joan Sutherland (1926-2010) with a need to know where to start or an experienced opera fan who would like a good general sampling of Sutherland’s impressive voice, this Greatest Hits album is a good choice. Here are the classic Sutherland arias from Norma, Lakmé, Lucia di Lammermoor, La fille du regiment, Samson and more, plus a rarity, Il bacio by Luigi Arditi. In most of the selections, Richard Bonynge (“Mr. Joan Sutherland”) conducts. In the Mad Scene from Lucia di Lammermoor, Joan Sutherland is joined by opera greats Robert Merrill, Cesare Siepi and Rinaldo Pelizzoni. An album opera fans will enjoy repeatedly.

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Works on This Recording

1. Il bacio by Luigi Arditi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Italy 
Language: Italian 
2. Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Language: Italian 
3. Lakmé: Où va la jeune indoue? "Bell Song" by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
Language: French 
4. Lucia di Lammermoor: Il dolce suono "Mad Scene" by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Robert Merrill (Baritone), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Cesare Siepi (Bass),
Rinaldo Pelizzoni (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Language: Italian 
5. La fille du régiment: Salut à la France by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Pour ce contrat fatal..." 
6. Faust: Ah! je ris de me voir si belle "Jewel Song" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection begins with "O Dieu! que de bijoux!..." 
7. Samson, HWV 57: Let the bright Seraphim by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; London, England 
Language: English 
8. Die lustige Witwe: Es lebt eine Vilja...Vilja, o Vilja by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Light Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
9. Casanova: O Madonna, auf uns sieh "Nuns' Chorus" by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Light Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Notes: Arranged: Benatzky and Gamley 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 AN ALL TIME GREAT! YOU'LL REGRET PASSING IT UP!!! September 11, 2013 By P. Ledesma (Wellington, KS) See All My Reviews "Arguably the greatest voice in history to grace the operatic stage and recording archives, Joan Sutherland stakes her claim to her place in history with this superior collection of show stoppers! Her presence alone is enough to get the musicians in each of these wonderful selections to perform flawlessly and with the sense that something special is being undertaken! Don't allow an anal retentive obsession with diction deprive you of an unmatched sonic spectacular!" Report Abuse
 INCREDIBLE! August 30, 2012 By Patricia Armstrong-Grant (Melbourne, Victoria) See All My Reviews "There are some people who should be immortal;Dame Joan Sutherland was one.

Some people, I doubt they were singers, criticized her diction. However, as Dame Joan herself commented "You sing as high as I do and see how good your diction is." Forget the diction, just enjoy the voice and the great tracks on this disc.

Still others, again doubtless not singers, have declared that the conductor "breathing with the singer is rubbish". Just listen to the wonderful partnership between Dame Joan and Richard Bonynge; his conducting, in my opinion, enhances her great voice. There is no other conductor I would rather have with the baton were I singing grand opera. "
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