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Joan Sutherland: A Portrait

RRC3013 (3 discs)


Playing time: 70'15"/52'27"/49'49" - TT 172'31"
Tracks: 18 + 7 + 8
Booklet pages: 6
Reviewer: Gerald Fenech
Review of Joan Sutherland: A Portrait published on 22 June 2013

Listen: Handel: Happy We! (Acis and Galatea) (CD1 track 5, 0:00-0:53)

CD1 - Sutherland sings Handel

George Frideric Handel:

Acis and Galatea:
1 Accompagnato: Ye verdant plains
2 Air: Hush, ye pretty warbling quire
3 Recitative: Oh! didst thou know the pains
4 Air: As when the dove laments her love
5 Duet (with Acis): Happy we!
6 Recitative: Cease, oh cease, thou gentle youth
7 Trio (with Acis and Polyphemus): The flocks shall leave the mountain
8 Solo and Chorus: Must I my Acis still bemoan
9 Recitative: 'Tis done: thus I exert my pow'r divine
10 Air: Heart, the seat of soft delight
11 Chorus: Galatea, dry thy tears

Joan Sutherland (Galatea)
Peter Pears (Acis)
Owen Brannigan (Polyphemus)
St Anthony Singers
Philomusica of London
Adrian Boult, conductor
(Recording first published 1960)

The Messiah
12 Air: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
13 Air: How beautiful are the feet
14 Air: I know that my redeemeth [sic] liveth
15 Air: If God be for us

Joan Sutherland, soprano
London Symphony Orchestra
George Malcolm, harpsichord
Adrian Boult, conductor
(Recording first published 1960)

14 Tornami a vagheggiar
15 Ombre pallid
Joan Sutherland, soprano
Philomusica of London
Anthony Lewis, conductor
(Recording first published 1959)

18 Let the bright seraphim
(Recording first published 1960)

CD2 - Sutherland sings Verdi and Bellini

Giuseppe Verdi:
1 The Willow Song (Otello)
2 Ah, fors' è lui / Sempre libera (La traviata)
3 Recitative and Aria, Caro Nome (Rigoletto)

Vincenzo Bellini:

4 Sediziose voci ... Casta diva ... Ah! bello a me ritorna (Norma)
5 Son vergin vezzosa (Polonaise) (I Puritani)
6 O rendetemi la speme ... Qui la voce ... Vien, diletto (I Puritani)
7 Care compagne ... Come per me sereno ... Sovra il sen (La Sonnambula)
(Recording first published 1960)

CD3 - The Art of the Prima Donna

Charles Gounod:
1 The Waltz Song (Romeo et Juliet)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
2 Marten aller Arten (Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Léo Delibes:
3 The Bell Song (Lakmé)

Giacomo Meyerbeer:
4 O beau pays (Les Huguenots)

Thomas Arne:
5 The Soldier Tir'd (Artaxerxes)

Gioacchino Rossini:
6 Bel raggio lusinghier (Semiramide)

Charles Gounod:
7 O Dieu! que de bijoux ... Ah! je ris de me voir (Fasut [sic])

Ambroise Thomas:
8 The Mad Scene (Hamlet)
(Recording first published 1960)


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