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The Art Of Beverly Sills


Release Date: 11/12/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471766   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Jules MassenetGustave CharpentierGaetano DonizettiVincenzo Bellini,   ... 
Performer:  Beverly SillsPatricia KernNicolai GeddaGwynne Howell,   ... 
Conductor:  Julius RudelSir Charles MackerrasJussi JalasThomas Schippers,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraAmbrosian Opera ChorusRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

All of these (previously available) selections catch Sills at or near her best, which is to say before 1973, when the roles of Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux and Anna Bolena had taken their toll on her voice. Only the Puritani scene (the last-act duet) finds her not-very-fresh--and the same can be said for her Arturo, Nicolai Gedda, but they're still marvelous.


Because she's sort of the guest-who-won't-leave, it's easy to forget how spectacular Sills was: absolutely fluid in passage-work at any speed, a trill to die for (though it invariably, and oddly, starts on the wrong note), solid up to an E-flat, no fear of chest voice (the finale of Anna Bolena is very potent), capable of glorious, sustained pianissimo singing
Read more (in Manon, Louise, the "Vilja" lied, and Elisabetta's first-act aria), dead-on staccatos (as Linda di Chamounix and the Hoffman Doll), and glorious legato (the Daphne final scene is riveting). Her tone might have been slim and a bit wiry, but dramatically she could easily transform herself with her phrasing and attitude. This is a great collection, and if you don't own the sets from which it's taken (and don't want to commit to such an expense), do yourself a favor and buy this.
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Manon: Adieu, notre petite table by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1970 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Allons! Il le faut ..." 
2.
Louise: Depuis le jour by Gustave Charpentier
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1969 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
Linda di Chamounix: O luce di quest' anima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jussi Jalas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1968 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Concert Hall, Vienna 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ah! Tardai troppo..." 
4.
Lucia di Lammermoor: Regnava nel silenzio by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Patricia Kern (Mezzo Soprano), Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1970 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection continues with "Quando rapito in estasi..." 
5.
I puritani: Fini...Me lassa by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1973 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
I puritani: Vieni fra queste braccia by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1973 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Roberto Devereux: L'amor suo mi fe' beata by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Gwynne Howell (Bass), Don Garrard (Bass), Kenneth MacDonald (Tenor),
Beverly Wolff (Mezzo Soprano), Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1969 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Maria Stuarda: O nube, che lieve by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Patricia Kern (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1971 
Venue:  Fairfield Hall, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Les oiseaux dans la charmille by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1972 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: French 
10.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Elle a fui, la tourterelle! by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/1972 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: French 
11.
Zaide, K 344 (336b): Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1970 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Die tote Stadt, Op. 12: Glück, das mir verblieb "Mariettalied" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1971 
Venue:  Fairfield Hall, Croydon, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
13.
Mignon: Je suis Titania la blonde by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1969 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Oui, pour ce soir je suis reine des fées ..." 
14.
Manon: Obéissons quand leur voix appelle "Gavotte" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Michel Trempont (Tenor)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1970 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Je marche sur tous les chemins ..." 
15.
Anna Bolena: Coppia iniqua, l'estrema vendetta by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Patricia Kern (Mezzo Soprano), Robert Lloyd (Bass),
Stuart Burrows (Tenor)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1972 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by "Cielo, a' miei lunghi spasimi..." 
16.
Der Opernball: Im chambre séparée "Midnight Bells" by Richard Heuberger
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1971 
Venue:  Fairfield Hall, Croydon, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
17.
Die lustige Witwe: Es lebt eine Vilja...Vilja, o Vilja by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1971 
Venue:  Fairfield Hall, Croydon, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
18.
Daphne, Op. 82: Ich komme, grünende Brüder [Final scene] by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1936-1937; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1970 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 18 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection begins with "Was blendet so..." 
19.
Lieder aus Lotusblättern (6), Op. 19: no 2, Breit' über mein by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1888; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1970 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: German 
20.
The Ballad of Baby Doe: Gold is a fine thing (Silver aria) by Douglas Moore
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1959 
Venue:  State Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Mignon / Act 2: "Oui! pour ce soir... Je suis Titania"
Manon / Act 2: Allons, il le faut...Adieu, notre petite table
Manon / Act 3: Je marche sur tous les chemins...Ah! vous ętes vraimen
Louise / Act 3: "Depuis le jour"
Linda di Chamounix / Act 1: Ah! tardai troppo... O luce di quest'anima
Lucia di Lammermoor / Part 1: "Regnava nel silenzio"
I Puritani / Act 3: Fini ... me lassa!
I Puritani / Act 3: Vieni, vieni fra questa braccia
Roberto Devereux - original version / Act 1: L'amor suo mi fč beata (Elisabetta)
Maria Stuarda / Act 2: "O nube che lieve per l'aria"
Anna Bolena - Tragedia lirica in due atti / Act 2: Cielo, a'miei lunghi spasimi... Coppia iniqua, l'estrema vendetta
Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2: "Les oiseaux dans la charmille"
Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 4: Elle a fui, la tourtelle
Zaide, K.344 / Act 1: "Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben"
Der Opernball. Overture: Im chambre séparée
The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe) / Act 2: Vilja-Lied
The Ballad of Baby Doe / Act 1: "Gold is a fine thing" (Silver Aria)
Die tote Stadt / Act 1: Glück, das mir verblieb (Mariettalied)
Daphne - Opera in 1 Act, Op.82: Was blendet so...Ich komme - ich komme
Sechs Lieder op.19: 2. Breit über mein Haupt dein schwarzes Haar

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