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Bellini: Beatrice Di Tenda / Sutherland, Pavarotti


Release Date: 01/19/1993 
Label:  London/Decca Grand Opera Series Catalog #: 433706   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Dame Joan SutherlandLuciano PavarottiJosephine VeaseyCornelius Opthof,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraAmbrosian ChorusFlorence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bellini’s penultimate opera – written for La Fenice, Venice, in 1833 – has never enjoyed the popularity of such works as La sonnambula, Norma and I puritani. Listening to this vintage Joan Sutherland recording dating from 1966, it is hard to fathom why. The story is strong and stirring – a sort of cross between Maria Stuarda and La Gioconda – and offers fine roles for the wronged titular heroine, her villainous husband Filippo, her platonic admirer Orombello and his would-be mistress, Agnese del Maino (a Princess Eboli avant la lettre). How odd that Sutherland never managed to persuade Covent Garden to mount it for her, especially with this glorious cast. The Decca set is historic because it offered the legendary Sutherland/Pavarotti Read more collaboration for the first time on disc. Luciano is wonderfully stylish here, elegant and ringing: Nureyev, vocally-speaking, to Sutherland’s Fonteyn. La Stupenda was going through one of her ‘moony’, muddy-diction phases, but the vocalism is quite dazzling. It’s a joy to encounter Josephine Veasey in her only commercially recorded Italian role: velvet-toned, shining, she is Sutherland’s most lustrous mezzo rival in any bel canto recording. More recent recordings include a Rizzoli set – Mariana Nicolescu in the title role – and a brand new one starring Edita Gruberova on the ominously named Nightingale label, which I have not yet heard. Buyers, however, can safely invest in this mid-price reissue. It would have been even more attractive if Decca had encompassed Beatrice di Tenda’s 150-minute duration on two CDs, rather than padding out a third with (nonetheless desirable) excerpts from Sutherland’s earlier recording of Sonnambula, Norma and Puritani.

-- Hugh Canning, BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Beatrice di Tenda by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Josephine Veasey (Mezzo Soprano),
Cornelius Opthof (Baritone), Joseph Ward (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus
Written: 1833 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 147 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Selection recorded in January and February, 1966.
Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (01/1966 - 02/1966) 
2.
La sonnambula: Ah, non credea mirarti by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Nicola Monti (Tenor), Fernando Corena (Bass)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1962 
Venue:  Teatro della Pergola, Florence 
Length: 11 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Richard Cross (Bass)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1964 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Sediziose voci" 
4.
I puritani: Son vergin vezzosa "Polacca" by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Margreta Elkins (Mezzo Soprano), Pierre Duval (Tenor), Ezio Flagello (Bass),
Renato Capecchi (Bass), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1963 
Venue:  Teatro della Pergola, Florence 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
I puritani: Qui la voce sua soave by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Renato Capecchi (Bass), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Margreta Elkins (Mezzo Soprano),
Pierre Duval (Tenor), Ezio Flagello (Bass)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1963 
Venue:  Teatro della Pergola, Florence 
Length: 16 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Oh rendetemi la speme..." 

Sound Samples

Beatrice di Tenda: Preludio
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 1: Tu, signor! lasciar sì presto
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 1: Ah! non pensar che pieno
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 1: Silenzio e notte intorno
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 1: Sì: rivale ... rivale regnante
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 1: Respiro io qui
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 1: Ma la sola, ahimè! son io
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 1: Ah! la pena in lor piombò
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 1: Vedi? ... La tua presenza fugge sdegnosa
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 1: E quali? quali? spergiura! ingrata!
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 1: Qui di ribelli sudditi
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 1: Lo vedeste?
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 1: Il mio dolore e l'ira
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 1: Parti ... Deh! perdona ... Fuggi ... parti
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 2: Introduzione ... Lassa! e può il ciel
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 2: Omai del suo destino
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 2: O troppo a mie preghiere
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 2: Oh! voce! è dessa ...
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 2: Al tuo fallo ammenda festi generosa
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 2: Filippo! Tu! ... ti appressa
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 2: Rimorso in lei?
Beatrice di Tenda / Act 2: Qui m'accolse oppresso

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