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Classic Recitals - Sylvia Sass


Release Date: 03/08/2005 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 4756415   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniGiuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sylvia Sass
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 47 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

As the arias follow one another it becomes quite clear that here is an exceptional singer, distinctive in timbre, distinguished in artistry.

The very first phrases of the opening aria (Turandot's "In questa reggia", no less) command attention and let you know that something rather special has arrived on the scene. And as the Puccini arias follow one another it becomes quite clear that here is an exceptional singer, distinctive in timbre, distinguished in artistry. The voice glitters rather than soothes, shines rather than warms. It is powerful, has a wide range, and is firmly placed. The tone can be brilliantly luminous (as in the Turandot aria), or may acquire a deeper kind of radiance (as in the "Vissi
Read more d'arte" that follows it). The powerful edge can be taken away entirely, and a very gentle pianissimo will replace it (as at the end of "In quelle trine morbide"). Always there is a live, imaginative sensibility at work. It can sometimes startle with a sudden ferocity, as with the word "trascinata" ("dragged") Turandot turns her vindictive attention to the stranger Prince before her. Or it can enter with a most touching generosity of spirit into the tender little vision in which poor Cio-Cio-San comforts her troubled heart and her doubting servant in "Un bel di". In all of this, the newcomer to records has already achieved a certain greatness.

In the Verdi, certain misgivings arise, though again much is very fine indeed. The Aida aria is sometimes gusty, and the Lombardi has, I think, too great a difference between the floating, almost disembodied tone of the aria and the severe, rather hard-toned cabaletta following it. It is in this, and this only, that I am reminded of the criticisms heard at the time of Miss Sass's appearances at Covent Garden. The Lady Macbeth, it must be said, is superb. "Opera's sensational new star" proclaims the sleeve, with its photograph of an extremely pretty girl below the caption. It is the kind of thing that makes the critic almost by reflex cast himself as Grumpy or as one of those crusty old grandfathers in the Shirley Temple films, who are eventually won over in the last reel. In this instance, I capitulated early on in the first [track].

-- Gramophone [9/1977, reviewing the original LP release]
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Works on This Recording

1. Turandot: In questa reggia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Sylvia Sass (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1977 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2. Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Sylvia Sass (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1977 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3. Manon Lescaut: In quelle trine morbide by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Sylvia Sass (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1977 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4. Manon Lescaut: Sola, perduta, abbandonata by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Sylvia Sass (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1977 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5. Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Sylvia Sass (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1977 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6. Aida: Ritorna vincitor! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sylvia Sass (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1977 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7. Macbeth: Una macchia è qui tuttora "Sleepwalking Scene" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sylvia Sass (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1977 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8. I lombardi: O madre, dal cielo soccorri al mio pianto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sylvia Sass (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1977 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Turandot / Act 2: In questa reggia
Tosca / Act 2: "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"
Manon Lescaut / Act 2: In quelle trine morbide
Manon Lescaut / Act 4: "Sola perduta, abbandonata"
Madama Butterfly / Act 2: Un bel dì vedremo
Aida / Act 1: Ritorna vincitor!
Macbeth / Act 4: Una macchia è qui tuttora
I Lombardi / Act 2: "Oh madre, dal cielo...Se vano, se vano è il pregare

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