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Bellini: Norma Highlights / Bonynge, Sutherland, Horne


Release Date: 04/08/2010 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 421886   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Dame Joan SutherlandMarilyn HorneJohn Alexander
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I believe this is...the only one [Norma] that is sung in all of the original keys (in almost every other recording "Casta diva" and the duets are transposed down). It is a spectacular example of bel canto. Recorded in 1964, Joan Sutherland was at her peak, exhibiting fearless, beautiful singing, thoroughly accurate in fiorature and breath control, and, for Sutherland, dramatically telling. Her usually dreadful diction is somewhat better than elsewhere, and she presents Norma's unhappiness and acceptance of her fate honestly... Marilyn Horne is a spectacular Adalgisa, her tone and technique stunning, her word painting sincere and telling, and her legendary blending with Sutherland nowhere more remarkable.

--Robert
Read more Levine, ClassicsToday.com [reviewing the complete Norma, Decca 000717202]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Language: Italian 
2.
Norma: O, rimembranza! by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Language: Italian 
3.
Norma: Mira, o Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Language: Italian 
4.
Norma: Guerra, guerra le Galliche selve by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Language: Italian 
5.
Norma: Qual cor tradisti by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), John Alexander (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Language: Italian 

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