Bellini - Norma - Highlights - Joan Sutherland - Horne -1968 Sealed Classical Opera LP

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Highlights from Bellini's Norma - Joan Sutherland - Marilyn Horne - John Alexander - Richard Cross

Richard Bonynge (conductor)
The London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus



Label: London Records – FFRR (Full Frequency Range Recording)
Cat#: Stereo OS 26388
Format: Vinyl LP
Sealed with original sticker on shrink
Slight damage to bottom back cover middle
Country: US issue Vinyl Imported from UK
Released: 1968
Genre: Classical
Style: Opera


Tracklist

Side 1:

Band 1: Meco all'altar di Venere (7:09)
Band 2: Casta diva...Fine al rito (11:12)
Band 3: Va, crudele (8:56)


Side 2:

Band 1: Mira, o Norma (7:50)
Band 2: In mia man alfin tu sei (7:30)
Band 3: Qual cor tradisti (12:15)




Notes
RICHARD BONYNGE- Conductor
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
ORCHESTRA OF THE MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO
CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT GARDEN


Joan Sutherland is beyond praise in this definitive recording of Norma. Her interpretations are beautifully and technically mastered.
Her singing makes all the other Normas obsolete (Callas, Caballe, Ponselle). Only Sutherland sings the arias and duets in their original keys. Callas and Ponselle say that Norma is their most difficult role, yet they sing everything one FULL note lower than what was originally written. That is ridiculous! Imagine the Immolation Scene from Gotterdamerung transposed one note down. Or how about transposing Nessum Dorma from Turandot one note down. The result, of course is that it loses most of its excitement.


However, in this recording, one is instructed in the art of bel canto interpretation. Sutherland adds embellishments to her arias ( some actually used by the creator of the role -- Pasta ), as was the custom at the time of its writing. She blends well with Horne, and together they create a wonderful atmosphere ( even if in the world premiere of the opera Pasta was more a mezzo and Grizi a soprano ).


I would go further after hearing this miraculous recording to call her the vocal wonder of all time. The voice is just opulent and huge. Even Marilyn Horne's voice sounds thin next to Sutherland's. She simply opens her mouth, and a gigantic high E-flat comes out with the greatest of ease. Note here that Casta Diva is sung in "G" instead of "F". Which is must more difficult, of course, because of all the sustain high notes. You have to hear it to believe it. Also, all the duets between the two divas were sung one full note above the written keys. This was done to demonstrate the phenomenal voice and technique that was Sutherland's. Opera is voice, and Sutherland has been called by Pavorotti as the greatest voice of the century.


Listen to this Norma and you'll be amazed at Sutherland and Horne's showmanship and artistry.
Bellini wrote some interesting music, that is never recorded, as postludes to these pieces. Still this recording is wonderful, and those who are not familiar with Norma will find this version easy to take, and enjoyable to listen to.

bonynge / Sutherland Casta diva...Fine al rito

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Condition New
Format LP
Label London Records