Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucie de Lammermoor

by Natalie Dessay
     
 

This recording presents a welcome opportunity to hear Donizetti's dramatic masterpiece in its French incarnation of 1839, which, although popular for many years (and the version first heard in America in 1841), has largely fallen out of the repertory. It also allows its two stars, Natalie Dessay and Roberto Alagna, to weigh in on a standardSee more details below

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This recording presents a welcome opportunity to hear Donizetti's dramatic masterpiece in its French incarnation of 1839, which, although popular for many years (and the version first heard in America in 1841), has largely fallen out of the repertory. It also allows its two stars, Natalie Dessay and Roberto Alagna, to weigh in on a standard work without duplicating the many recordings already in existence. The results are well worth hearing; fans of the Italian version will notice substantial differences in the plot and subtle re-working of the vocal lines that make the entire piece seem fresh. Both Alagna and Dessay deliver excellent performances; together they could use more chemistry -- their love duet at the end of Act I, for example, feels a little dry -- but individually they each have terrific moments. Alagna shines in the third act, bringing great passion and beauty of singing to the graveyard scene, and Dessay sings a wonderfully intricate "Que n'avons-nous des ailes," capturing an optimism and loving spirit that makes her final betrayal seem all the more tragic. Ludovic Tézier is outstanding as Henri Ashton; his mellifluous tone and stolid delivery make his callous treatment of Lucie seem plausible, as if from lack of feeling more than ill intent. Nicolas Cavallier is equally interesting in the role of Raymond, and the supporting roles are all capably sung, if not with great flair. Evelino Pidó leads the Orchestra and Chorus of l'Opera National de Lyon in a solid performance. The chorus in particular greatly contributes to the mood of the piece.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - John Rockwell
Ms. Dessay is a high soprano without Callas's dramatic heft, although she commands a lot more color and character than some other piping little birds. Roberto Alagna, as Edgard, sounds comfortable singing in his native French.... This studio-recorded set easily surpasses the first album of the French version, recorded live in 1997 and available on the Dynamic label.
Gramophone - Patrick O'Connor
Natalie Dessay is a Lucy in the tradition of Lily Pons, a light soprano rather than the more dramatic character we have become used to in the performances of Callas and Sutherland. She phrases "A toi ma vie" ("Alfin son tua") with real feeling.... Alagna is a fine Edgard.... "Tombe de mes aieux" is the highpoint of the proceedings.
BBC Online - Andrew McGregor
You may not think you need to hear Donizetti's masterpiece in French, but you really should hear Dessay making sense of the title role in a way I've never heard before.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/07/2003
Label:
Emi Classics
UPC:
0724354552823
catalogNumber:
45528

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  1. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Evelino Pidò  - Alan Woodbridge  -  Lyon National Opera Chorus  -  Orchestre De L'Opera National De Lyon  - Roberto Alagna  - Nicolas Cavallier  - Natalie Dessay  - Marc Laho  -  Ludovic Tézier  - Yves Saelens  - Salvatore Cammarano  - Hugh Graham  - Alphonse Royer  - Gustave Vaez  - Gudrun Meier  - Alain Lanceron

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