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Bellini: La Sonnambula
Vincenzo Bellini, Nello Santi, Nicola Rescigno
Bellini: La Sonnambula
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (22) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (17) - Disc #2


     
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Spectacular
Dr. F. J. Augustus | 01/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"STOP EVERYTHING! BUY THIS NOW FOR THE MOST PHENOMENAL DISPLAY OF VOCAL FIREWORKS IMAGINABLE. A WOW! THIS WOMAN IS GREAT!"
Astonishing
Dr. F. J. Augustus | Woollahra, NSW Australia | 05/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There's little doubt that to have heard Sutherland in 1961 must have been really something. It was the year she found New York, and New York found her. This recording, along with the live recording of her early 1961 New York debut in Beatrice di Tenda (the one to buy) are legendary moments. Both are concert performances, conducted by Nicola Rescigno.
This Sonnambula was in Carnegie Hall in December and just after her Met debut. The voice is astonishing. The 'Ah, non guinge' is sung with almost wild abandon, absolutely thrilling, and was described the next day by Harold Schonberg as "flawlessly performed pyrotechnics". She had forgotten the words, and rewrote some of the music! Only to hear is to beleive.
OK the quality of the sound in not studio-like, but it's very good, and compared to the later studio versions, for me it's a completely more interesting perforance with a very passionate Renato Cioni. He is the Edguardo in Sutherland's first studio Lucia (c. Pritchard). I think this is the best Lucia by far she ever put on record (again there are good live ones around - Covent Garden 1959, The Met 1961)
This double CD also has Renata Scotto as Amina live from Venice with Santi conducting. The sound is not so good, but terrific to hear these voices making some sense of this fairly silly work, with Sutherland singing the pants off the whole lot of them."
Best ever
Dr. F. J. Augustus | 05/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Yes, the sound is not great. But way better than any of Callas's 1950 live recordings. Sutherland pulls out a tour de force. The screaming from the audience is enormous. You hit the most amazing coloratura I've ever heard. And the best high E ever. BRAVA!
In fact, she received countless curtain call.
This is one of the most historical recording in the book. Buy it"