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Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor / Bonynge, Sutherland, Milnes, Ghiaurov

Release Date: 11/21/2011 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001616002  
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dame Joan SutherlandLuciano PavarottiRyland DaviesNicolai Ghiaurov,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the first version of Lucia to appear on CD, and very welcome it is. Those who have the LPs will know how excellent the recording is on that medium; in this case, therefore, the improvement and immediacy on the CD is marginal, except for the constant factor of the absence of clicks and splutters. You will recall that Bonynge's is a genuinely complete edition of the score with every number in its original key—particularly significant in ''Se tradirmi'', which sounds particularly thrilling a semitone above the pitch in which it is usually given.

Sutherland's return to the title role last season at Covent Garden was an almost unqualified triumph, showing that she could still encompass it as successfully as on this set.
Read more Those who saw her then for the first time, and have CD, will surely want this reminder of the soprano in probably her best role. It is more interesting as an interpretation than her earlier Decca 1961 recording on LP only, verbally more precise in many ways and almost as freshly voiced. Pavarotti sings with predictable elan as Edgardo, and with great feeling in the last act. Ghiaurov makes a sonorous Raimondo. Bonynge conducts with buoyancy but not always the feeling for line of Serafin for Callas. One of her versions is promised from EMI on CD sometime next year and it is still to Callas that one would turn for the ultimate in projecting Lucia's sorrow—but both her sets made the bad old theatre cuts. So for the whole thing, not to forget a really spacious recording, the Decca is an essential.

-- Alan Blyth, GRAMOPHONE [11/1985]
reviewing the original release, Decca 410193
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Works on This Recording

Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Ryland Davies (Tenor),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone),
Pier Francesco Poli (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Venue:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden 
Language: Italian 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Best ever recording, period February 28, 2014 By Sharon W. See All My Reviews "Stunning sound, superb performances from Sutherland, Ghiaurov, Pavarotti and Milnes....Pavarotti's Edgaro is sad, Milnes' Arturo is evil and Sutherland portrays a tremendous sadness. But my favorite part is the fiery duet between Pavarotti and Milnes, where Milnes ends the duet by effortlessly soaring to a fantastic high Bb!!!! The chorus is fine.....the sound is London's typical superb offering. Highly recommended" Report Abuse
 Wonderful Recording January 12, 2014 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Absolutely superb in every respect! This early 1970's recording features Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Nicolai Ghiaurov, and Sherril Milnes- what more could one ask for? With the Chorus and Orchestra of the Covent Garden Opera House led by Richard Bonynge, the cast delivers a spectacular, passionately sung story centering on the classic Italian opera themes- misunderstood/rejected love relationships, leading to violence, tragic emotional pathos, and the redeeming qualities of true love. Pavarotti and Milnes are superb in their roles as bitter enemies, but the real star is Joan Sutherland's great voice as the emotionally wrought Lucia. Donizetti's coherently organized and relatively compact Lucia di Lammermoor (under 2 1/2 hours) makes for a sensational listening experience. The re-mastered sound is excellent, and the accompanying libretto booklet is thorough and full of inciteful background information. In short, a great opera and a great performance, so don't hesitate! Highest recommendations." Report Abuse
 Highly Recommend May 27, 2013 By C. Liu (Richardson, TX) See All My Reviews "This is the best Lucia recording I have ever had." Report Abuse
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