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Joan Sutherland - My Favourites

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Joan Sutherland - My Favourites
Joan Sutherland - My Favourites


Dame Joan Sutherlands personal selection of her favourite recordings, with her own liner notes. Tributes from Moffatt Oxenbould and Fiona Janes, previously unpublished photographs, a series of costume designs for her key operatic roles, and illustrations of all the original jackets from which the selection was made. Plus her recipe for Christmas Pudding, all issued to commemorate the tenth anniversary of her passing. With barely a shadow of permissible exaggeration, The Voice of the Century was Deccas title for a 1977 compilation of arias from the defining roles sung by Dame Joan Sutherland. On her death in 2010, Opera magazine acclaimed her still as one of the voices of the century who almost single-handedly with the support of her husband and mentor, Richard Bonynge restored the bel canto repertoire to the opera house. Now, a decade on, Eloquence releases Sutherlands personal selection of her own favourite recordings, from a Decca catalogue studded with award-winning albums. What makes this particular collection unique, and an essential acquisition for all who treasure their memories of the supreme successor to Melba, is Dame Joans introductions to each item. Choosing them, she could look back over a career spanning more than 40 years, from her career-launching competition win in Sydney in 1949 singing Ritorna vincitor to her first Alcina in 1957 at St. Pancras Town Hall, of all places, and her famous Royal Opera Lucia in 1959 that floored the critics. However, Dame Joans selection does not include such vocal blockbusters though with the Queen of Nights O zittre nicht there is a nod to her unheralded Royal Opera debut in 1952 as the First Lady in Die Zauberflote. Rather than her fearless negotiation of their Mad Scenes, she chose passages of moving recovery from Norma and La sonnambula, and in doing so generously acknowledges her partnership of warm mutual understanding with Marilyn Horne. Nevertheless, there is plenty of her pinpoint coloratura to be enjoyed, from Massenets Esclarmonde along with Norma, her favourite opera to Grauns Montezuma and Glieres Concerto: such a relief not to have to remember the words. Sutherland took particular pride in her revival of rarities such as Leonis LOracolo, but her choice of favourites concludes in lighter vein with songs by Arditi, Hahn and Kreisler which beguiled as well as dazzled her recital audiences: Trifles, perhaps, but I enjoyed singing them. She recalls living next to and working with Noël Coward I think he was quite pleased with me! and finally pays tribute to her musical education in Sydney with Love will find a way from The Maid of the Mountains. All in all, its a unique journey through Dame Joans life and career, enhanced by several tributes from her colleagues, previously unpublished photographs and rarely seen costume designs for La Stupenda in many of her signature roles. Callas is wonderful, yes, but the one to keep your eye on is the girl singing Clotilde. Edward J. Dent Nothing touched Mira, o Norma I still cant walk down the street in New York without someone coming up to me and saying they will never forget our partnership. Marilyn Horne [Sutherland] was one of the greatest singers of the last century, possessed of a voice second to none: warm even, flexible, large and wide-ranging, always used to musical and dramatic ends. It was a thrilling and glorious sound. Sir John Tooley She was a dab hand at charming the listener in Noël Coward numbers, operetta and songs from the 19th century. In all these one felt she could relax and enjoy herself. Opera


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  2. GRAUN Montezuma: Non Han Calma Le Mie Pene
  3. MOZART Die Zauberflote: O Zittre Nicht
  4. BELLINI La Sonnambula: Ah! Non Giunge
  5. BELLINI Norma: Mira, O Norma Si, Fino Allore Estreme Compagna Tua Mavrai
  6. VERDI Attila: Santo Di Patria...allor Che I Forti Corrono
  7. MASSENET Esclarmonde: Esprits De Lair Roland ! Roland ! Roland !
  8. LEONI Loracolo: Ferito Lhanno Ferito
  9. LECOCQ Le Coeur Et La Main: Un Soir Perez Le Capitaine
  10. OFFENBACH Robinson Crusoe: Conduisez-moi Vers Celui Que Jadore
  11. ARDITI Il Bacio
  12. HAHN Si Mes Vers Avaient Des Ailes
  13. GLIERE Concerto For Coloratura And Orchestra: I. Andante
  14. GOUNOD Repentir (O Divine Redeemer)
  15. KREISLER Sissy The King Steps Out: Stars In My Eyes
  16. COWARD Operette: Countess Mitzi
  17. BENEDICT The Gypsy And The Bird
  18. FRASER-SIMSON The Maid Of The Mountains: Love Will Find A Way
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