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Operatic Duets / Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti


Release Date: 09/11/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 417815   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gaetano DonizettiGiuseppe VerdiVincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Luciano PavarottiDame Joan SutherlandGillian KnightRiccardo Cassinelli,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraEnglish Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sutherland's collaboration with Pavarotti began in 1966 with Beatrice di Tenda. These duets are highlights from the great partnership of Pavarotti & Sutherland, excerpted from their studio recordings of Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, L'Elisir D'Amore, Maria Stuarda, La Fille du Régiment, and I Puritani.

Sutherland's first partner in Italian opera on records was Renato Cioni: and she might have done much worse. Nicola Monti, Carlo Bergonzi Pierre Duval and John Alexander followed. The collaboration with Pavarotti began in 1966 with Beatrice di Tenda, and continued up to the Norma issued last year... Those whose mental picture of
Read more Sutherland's voice has been formed by her singing during the last ten years or so will enjoy hearing the clearer, steadier tones of her middle years. Among Pavarotti's admirers will be some who will come to this, as I have done, directly from his Carnegie Hall recital of 1987, and for them it will be impressive to observe how the 20-year gap between that and the earliest of the excerpts (La fille du regiment) has brought little of the change and decay that afflicts ordinary mortals. In these extracts he also appears as the more expressive of the two singers, who are generally well matched, sympathetic in the quieter, more reflective passages and exciting on the high Cs (and even higher).

Their work with Richard Bonynge has of course been an integral part of the partnership with each other and this too goes well, with a satisfying balance of rhythmic tautness and lyrical flexibility.

— Gramophone [3/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1. Lucia di Lammermoor: Sulla tomba che rinserra...Verranno a te by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
2. Rigoletto: E' il sol dell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Gillian Knight (Mezzo Soprano), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor),
Riccardo Cassinelli (Tenor), John Gibbs (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
3. L'Elisir d'Amore: Chiedi all' aura lusinghiera by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
4. Maria Stuarda: Da tutti abbandonata by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
5. La fille du régiment: Depuis l'instant by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
6. I puritani: Fini...Me lassa by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 

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