The Art of the Prima Donna
Label
Decca Eloquence
Catalogue No.
4844325
Barcode
00028948443253
Format
2-CD
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CD 1

THOMAS ARNE (1710–1778)
1 The soldier tir’d of war’s alarms (Artaxerxes)

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685–1759)
2 Let the Bright Seraphim (Samson)

VINCENZO BELLINI (1801–1835)
3 Sediziose voci … Casta Diva … Ah! bello a me ritorna (Norma)
4 Son vergin vezzosa (I puritani)

GIOACHINO ROSSINI (1792–1868)
5 Bel raggio lusinghier (Semiramide)

VINCENZO BELLINI (1801–1835)
6 O rendetemi la speme … Qui la voce … Vien, diletto (I puritani)
7 Care compagne, e voi, tenere amici (La sonnambula)

CHARLES GOUNOD (1818–1893)
8 O Dieu ! que de bijoux … Ah ! je ris de me voir ‘Jewel Song’ (Faust)

CD 2

CHARLES GOUNOD (1818–1893)
1 Ah ! Je veux vivre ‘Waltz Song’ (Roméo et Juliette)

GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813–1901)
2 Mia madre aveva una povera ancella … Piangea cantando ‘Willow Song’ (Otello)

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)
3 Martern aller Arten (Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813–1901)
4 E’ strano! … Ah, fors’è lui … Sempre libera (La traviata)

AMBROISE THOMAS (1811–1896)
5 A vos jeux, mes amis, permettez-moi (Mad scene) (Hamlet)

LÉO DELIBES (1836–1891)
6 Ah ! Où va la jeune Indoue ? (Bell Song) (Lakmé)

GIACOMO MEYERBEER (1791–1864)
7 O beau pays de la Touraine ! (Les Huguenots)

GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813–1901)
8 Gualtier Maldè … Caro nome (Rigoletto)

Joan Sutherland, soprano
Harry Dilley, trumpet (Let the Bright Seraphim)
Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli

 

Recording information

Recording Producers: James Walker, Michael Bremner, Ray Minshull
Balance Engineers: Kenneth Wilkinson, Peter Attwood
Recording Location: Kingsway Hall, London, London, UK, 12 July 1960 and 15–18 August 1960
Original Decca Release: SXL 2256–57: December 1960 (originally released as two separate LPs)

Reviews

“Let me say straight away: she triumphs! … The range of this recital is extraordinary. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of it is the new sweetness and beauty of tone.” Gramophone, December 1960

“More than an hour and a half of fabulous soprano agility and beautifully focused voice production … worth having not only for its intelligently varied musical content, but as a document of an artist on the verge of supreme accomplishment… Miss Sutherland shows herself to be a sovereign artist of our day” High Fidelity, November 1961

“I would not hesitate to say that the Arne, Handel, Rossini, and Meyerbeer arias are among the very best vocal performances every committed to disc … a superb reissue. No opera lover should be without it.” Fanfare, May 1986