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Joan Sutherland: My Favourites

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4826448

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 13th November 2020

Contents

Works

Arditi, Luigi

Il bacio

Bellini, Vincenzo

La Sonnambula
» Ah! non giunge uman pensiero
Norma
» Mira, O Norma
» Si, fino all'ore estreme

Benedict, Julius

The gypsy and the bird

Coward, Noel

Operette
» Countess Mitzi

Fraser-Simson, Harold

The Maid of the Mountains
» Love will find a way

Gliere, Reinhold

Coloratura Soprano Concerto, op.82
» I Andante

Gounod, Charles

Repentir (O Divine Redeemer)

Graun, Carl Heinrich

Montezuma
» Non han calma le mie pene

Hahn, Reynaldo

Si mes vers avaient des ailes

Kreisler, Fritz

The King Steps Out
» Stars in my Eyes

Lecocq, Charles

Le Coeur et la main
» Un soir Perez le capitaine

Leoni, Franco

L'Oracolo
» Ferito... L'hanno ferito

Massenet, Jules

Esclarmonde
» Esprits de l'air! Esprits de onde!

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K620
» O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn

Offenbach, Jacques

Robinson Crusoe
» Conduisez-moi vers celui que j'adore

Verdi, Giuseppe

Attila
» Santo di patria indefinito amor

Artists

Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Conductor

Richard Bonynge

Works

Arditi, Luigi

Il bacio

Bellini, Vincenzo

La Sonnambula
» Ah! non giunge uman pensiero
Norma
» Mira, O Norma
» Si, fino all'ore estreme

Benedict, Julius

The gypsy and the bird

Coward, Noel

Operette
» Countess Mitzi

Fraser-Simson, Harold

The Maid of the Mountains
» Love will find a way

Gliere, Reinhold

Coloratura Soprano Concerto, op.82
» I Andante

Gounod, Charles

Repentir (O Divine Redeemer)

Graun, Carl Heinrich

Montezuma
» Non han calma le mie pene

Hahn, Reynaldo

Si mes vers avaient des ailes

Kreisler, Fritz

The King Steps Out
» Stars in my Eyes

Lecocq, Charles

Le Coeur et la main
» Un soir Perez le capitaine

Leoni, Franco

L'Oracolo
» Ferito... L'hanno ferito

Massenet, Jules

Esclarmonde
» Esprits de l'air! Esprits de onde!

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K620
» O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn

Offenbach, Jacques

Robinson Crusoe
» Conduisez-moi vers celui que j'adore

Verdi, Giuseppe

Attila
» Santo di patria indefinito amor

Artists

Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Conductor

Richard Bonynge

About

Dame Joan Sutherland’s 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 Decca’s 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 Sutherland’s 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 Joan’s 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 Joan’s selection does not include such vocal blockbusters – though with the Queen of Night’s ‘O zittre nicht’ there is a nod to her unheralded Royal Opera debut in 1952 as the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte. 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 Massenet’s Esclarmonde – along with Norma, her favourite opera – to Graun’s Montezuma and Glière’s Concerto: ‘such a relief not to have to remember the words’.

Sutherland took particular pride in her revival of rarities such as Leoni’s L’Oracolo, 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, it’s a unique journey through Dame Joan’s 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.

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