The Age of Bel Canto
Label
Decca Eloquence
Catalogue No.
4844328
Barcode
00028948443284
Format
2-CD
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CD 1

NICCOLÒ PICCINNI (1728–1800)
1 Furia di donna irata (La buona figliuola)

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685–1759)
2 Care selve (Atalanta)

GIOVANNI BATTISTA LAMPUGNANI (1706–1786)
3 Superbo di me stesso (Meraspe)

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685–1759)
4 With plaintive note (Samson)
5 Hence, Iris, hence away (Semele)

GIOVANNI BONONCINI (1670–1747)
6 Mio caro ben (Astarto)

THOMAS ARNE (1710–1778)
7 Oh! too lovely (Artaxerxes)

WILLIAM SHIELD (1748–1829)
8 Light as thistledown (Rosina)
9 When William at eve (Rosina)

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)
10 Voi che fausti ognor donate (Il re pastore)
11 O zittre nicht, mein Lieber Sohn! … Zum Leiden bin ich auserkoren (Die Zauberflöte)
12 Ich baue ganz auf deine Stärke (Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

FRANÇOIS-ADRIEN BOIELDIEU (1775–1834)
13 Ma Fanchette est charmante (Angéla)


CD 2
GIOACHINO ROSSINI (1792–1868)
1 Serbami ognor sì fido (Semiramide)

DANIEL-FRANÇOIS-ESPRIT AUBER (1782–1871)
2 Ferme tes yeux (La Muette de Portici)

CARL MARIA VON WEBER (1786–1826)
3 Und ob die Wolke sie verhülle (Der Freischütz)

VINCENZO BELLINI (1801–1835)
4 Angiol di pace (Beatrice di Tenda)

GAETANO DONIZETTI (1797–1848)
5 Tornami a dir che m’ami (Don Pasquale)

GAETANO DONIZETTI (1797–1848)
6 Il segreto per esser felici (Lucrezia Borgia)

GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813–1901)
7 Santo di patria … Allor che i forti corrono … Da te questo or m’è concesso (Attila)

VINCENZO BELLINI (1801–1835)
8 Un ritratto? … Sventurato il cor che fida (La straniera)

GIOACHINO ROSSINI (1792–1868)
9 Cavatina: Ecco, ridente in cielo (Il barbiere di Siviglia)

LUIGI ARDITI (1822–1903)
10 Bolero

Joan Sutherland, soprano
Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
Richard Conrad, tenor
New Symphony Orchestra of London (CD 1)
London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra (CD 2)
Richard Bonynge

Recording information

Recording Producer: Christopher Raeburn
Balance Engineers: Arthur Lilley, Arthur Bannister (CD1); Arthur Lilley (CD2)
Recording Locations: Decca Studio 3, West Hampstead, London, UK, 7, 11, 13, 16 & 20 June 1963 (CD1); Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 25–29 June 1963 (CD2)
Original Decca Releases: MET 268 / SET 268 (CD 1), MET 269 / SET 269 (CD2): June 1964

Reviews

“Conrad is probably more adept than any other contemporary tenor in execution of vocal ornamentation. He has a real trill, excellent stylistic sense and an admirable legato … Sutherland is for the most part in very good form. The Piccinni and Shield selections could not be bettered.” High Fidelity, January 1965

“There are many truly novel items … Miss Sutherland is right in her element.” High Fidelity, April 1965

“No one could fail to respond to the virtuoso work. The other two singers are equally brilliant.” Stereo Review, May 1965

“Sutherland is in fantastic voice throughout … [this set] would demonstrate to anyone who wanted to find out exactly why Sutherland was such a sensation … A great classic of the gramophone.” Gramophone, November 1996