The Art of Joan Sutherland

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All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
That Decca produced such a loving and thorough anthology as The Art of Joan Sutherland in the lean times of 2004 is a testament to Joan Sutherland's artistic stature and commercial success. She is among the elite few opera stars to have enjoyed both in equal measure, and whose discographies have remained available for many years without interruption. Indeed, Sutherland was among the greatest singers of her time. The doleful beauty of her voice could express extremes of both tragedy and sublimity, and her high notes were virtually unmatched for their clarity and brilliance -- qualities that made her an ideal interpreter of bel canto music, the music on which her fame ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
That Decca produced such a loving and thorough anthology as The Art of Joan Sutherland in the lean times of 2004 is a testament to Joan Sutherland's artistic stature and commercial success. She is among the elite few opera stars to have enjoyed both in equal measure, and whose discographies have remained available for many years without interruption. Indeed, Sutherland was among the greatest singers of her time. The doleful beauty of her voice could express extremes of both tragedy and sublimity, and her high notes were virtually unmatched for their clarity and brilliance -- qualities that made her an ideal interpreter of bel canto music, the music on which her fame rests. The Art of Joan Sutherland covers that bel canto territory Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, etc. well, but what sets it apart from other Sutherland collections is how thoroughly it covers the other aspects of her recording career: the six volumes include everything from Handelian opera and oratorio, Wagner, Mozart, Grand opera, and French art song, some of it never before released on CD. The upshot is a far more extensive and far-reaching tribute to Sutherland's singing than has yet been offered. For that reason alone, Sutherland devotees will find this a valuable collection, and an ear-opening experience. Those looking for a greatest-hits collection, however -- something more tightly focused on the music bearing Sutherland's unique stamp of excellence -- might do better with a smaller collection of arias. There is some unevenness to the collection. Some cuts feel perfunctory and unspecial, like her "Liebestod" from Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde," conducted, as are the majority of the tracks, by her husband Richard Bonynge. It has no oomph, no grandeur, and no sense of pacing or drama. There are also a few, like her "Voi che sapete" and "Deh, vieni non tardar" from Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," that simply aren't suited to her vocally -- the first is too low for her, and the second calls for a much simpler sound. But the amazing thing about The Art of Joan Sutherland is just how much of it is great. Her Handel, recorded during the very early years of her career, is fresh and stylistically impressive. The two discs of French arias -- Sutherland's own favorites according to her liner notes -- reveal an interpretive flexibility that few singers could match. The well-seasoned joyfulness of her "Depuis le jour" Charpentier's "Louise" is a striking comparison with the childlike glee of her Jewel Song "Faust" and "Ah! Je veux vivre" "Roméo et Juliette" of Gounod. Throw in some Offenbach bon bons -- all sung with giddy abandon -- and you begin to understand what made Sutherland so special. The packaging is attractive but minimal, including only brief introductory notes and omitting texts and translations completely. But it represents an excellent value in music, and a fitting tribute to one of opera's most beloved stars.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2005
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947563020
  • Catalog Number: 000410302
  • Sales rank: 131,830

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Tornami a vagheggiar - George Frideric Handel & Joan Sutherland (5:21)
  2. 2 Alcina, opera, HWV 34: Ah! Ruggiero crudel ... Ombre pallide - George Frideric Handel & Joan Sutherland (10:51)
  3. 3 Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Let the bright Seraphim - George Frideric Handel & Joan Sutherland (5:56)
  4. 4 Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: With plaintive note - George Frideric Handel & Joan Sutherland (5:16)
  5. 5 Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion - George Frideric Handel & Joan Sutherland (4:44)
  6. 6 Athalia, oratorio, HWV 52: My vengeance awakes me - George Frideric Handel & Joan Sutherland (4:57)
  7. 7 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: V'adoro, pupille - George Frideric Handel & Joan Sutherland (4:44)
  8. 8 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Se pietà di me non senti - George Frideric Handel & Joan Sutherland (4:57)
  9. 9 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Da tempeste il legno infranto - George Frideric Handel & Joan Sutherland (5:37)
  10. 10 Griselda, opera: Per la gloria d'adorarvi - Giovanni Bononcini & Joan Sutherland (5:09)
  11. 11 La Molinara, opera: Nel cor più non mi sento - Giovanni Paisiello & Joan Sutherland (4:02)
  12. 12 La Cecchina, opera: Furie di donna irata - Niccolò Piccinni & Joan Sutherland (3:13)
  13. 13 Love In A Village, dramatic work: The traveller benighted - Thomas Arne & Joan Sutherland (1:57)
  14. 14 Artaxerxes, opera: The soldier tir'd - Thomas Arne & Joan Sutherland (4:05)
  15. 15 Rosina, opera: When William at eve - William Shield & Joan Sutherland (2:32)
  16. 16 Rosina, opera: Whilst with village maids - William Shield & Joan Sutherland (3:04)
  17. 17 Rosina, opera: Light as thistledown - William Shield & Joan Sutherland (1:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384: Martern aller Arten - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (8:46)
  2. 2 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn ... Zum Leiden be - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (4:50)
  3. 3 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Ach, ich fühl's - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (4:20)
  4. 4 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Or sai chi l'onore - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (2:50)
  5. 5 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Non mi dir - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (5:36)
  6. 6 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi, amor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (3:47)
  7. 7 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (2:45)
  8. 8 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: E Susanna non vien! ... Dove sono - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (6:53)
  9. 9 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Giunse alfin il momento ... Deh vieni, non tardar - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (5:42)
  10. 10 Il rè pastore, opera, K. 208: L'amerò, sarò costante - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (8:24)
  11. 11 Vorrei spiegarvi, o Dio, aria for soprano & orchestra, K. 418 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (7:07)
  12. 12 Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, recitative and aria for soprano, piano & orchestra, K. 505 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (11:13)
  13. 13 Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano & orchestra, K. 165 (K. 158a): Alleluja - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (2:31)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Attila, opera: Santo di patria ... Allor che i forti corrono - Giuseppe Verdi & Joan Sutherland (5:44)
  2. 2 I Masnadieri, opera: Dall'infame banchetto io m'involai ... Tu del mio - Giuseppe Verdi & Joan Sutherland (9:04)
  3. 3 Luisa Miller, opera: Che! e segnar questa mano potrebe l'onta mia? ... - Giuseppe Verdi & Joan Sutherland (3:05)
  4. 4 Ernani, opera: Surta è la notte ... Ernani! Ernani, involami - Giuseppe Verdi & Joan Sutherland (8:06)
  5. 5 Otello, opera: Mi madre aveva una povera ancella ... Piangea cant - Giuseppe Verdi & Arrigo Boito (8:06)
  6. 6 I Vespri siciliani, opera (Les vêpres siciliennes): Mercé, dilette amiche (Bolero) - Giuseppe Verdi & Joan Sutherland (3:34)
  7. 7 Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen, opera, WWV 49: Gerechter Gott ...In seiner Blüte - Richard Wagner & Joan Sutherland (6:57)
  8. 8 Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63: Johohohe (Senta's Ballad) - Richard Wagner & Joan Sutherland (6:32)
  9. 9 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Dich, teure Halle - Richard Wagner & Joan Sutherland (3:11)
  10. 10 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Allmächt'ge Jungfrau hör mein Flehen - Richard Wagner & Joan Sutherland (6:28)
  11. 11 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Einsam in trüben Tagen - Richard Wagner & Joan Sutherland (6:46)
  12. 12 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Du bist der Lenz - Richard Wagner & Joan Sutherland (2:17)
  13. 13 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: O Sachs, mein Freund - Richard Wagner & Joan Sutherland (2:39)
  14. 14 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Mild und leise wie er lächelt (Liebestod) - Richard Wagner & Joan Sutherland (6:21)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Robinson Crusoé, comic opera in 3 acts: Conduisez-moi vers celui que j'adore - Jacques Offenbach & Joan Sutherland (4:10)
  2. 2 Dinorah (Le pardon de Ploërmel), comic opera in 3 acts: Bellah! ma chèvre chérie! ... Dors, petite - Giacomo Meyerbeer & Joan Sutherland (6:30)
  3. 3 Louise, opera: Depuis le jour - Gustave Charpentier & Joan Sutherland (4:07)
  4. 4 La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, operetta in 3 acts: Dites-lui qu'on l'a remarqué - Jacques-François Fromental Halévy & Jacques Offenbach (2:50)
  5. 5 Manon Lescaut, opera: C'est l'histoire amoureuse - Daniel-François-Esprit Auber & Joan Sutherland (4:13)
  6. 6 Fra Diavolo, opera: Non temete, milord ... Or son sola - Daniel-François-Esprit Auber & Joan Sutherland (8:18)
  7. 7 Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Me voilà seule ... Comme autrefois dans la nuit so - Georges Bizet & Joan Sutherland (6:37)
  8. 8 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Les oiseaux dans la charmille - Jacques Offenbach & Joan Sutherland (4:44)
  9. 9 Cendrillon, opera in 4 acts: Ah! que mes sœurs sont heureuses ... Rest au foyer - Jules Massenet & Joan Sutherland (3:36)
  10. 10 Mireille, opera: Ô légère hirondelle - Charles Gounod & Joan Sutherland (2:59)
  11. 11 La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, operetta in 3 acts: Vous aimez le danger ... Ah! que j'aime les milita - Jacques-François Fromental Halévy & Jacques Offenbach (3:45)
  12. 12 L' Étoile du Nord, comic opera in 3 acts: C'est bien lui ... La, la, la, air chéri - Giacomo Meyerbeer & Joan Sutherland (4:41)
  13. 13 Le tribut de Zamora, opera: Ce Sarrasin disait - Charles Gounod & Joan Sutherland (3:01)
  14. 14 Robert le diable, grand opera in 5 acts: En vain j'espère ... Idole de ma vie - Giacomo Meyerbeer & Joan Sutherland (9:04)
  15. 15 Le Coeur et la Main, operetta: Un soir Perez le capitaine - Charles Lecocq & Joan Sutherland (3:42)
  16. 16 Les Noces de Jeannette, opera: Au bord de chemin ... Cette nuit, sur ma croisée - Victor Massé & Joan Sutherland (8:15)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Faust, opera: Si le bonheur - Charles Gounod & Joan Sutherland (2:56)
  2. 2 Vasco da Gama, ode-symphony for chorus & orchestra: La marguerite a fermé sa corolle ... Ouvre ton cœu - Georges Bizet & Joan Sutherland (2:29)
  3. 3 L' Étoile du Nord, comic opera in 3 acts: Veille sur eux ... Vaisseau que le flot balance - Giacomo Meyerbeer & Joan Sutherland (4:11)
  4. 4 Les Huguenots, grand opera in 5 acts: Ô beau pays de la Touraine ... Sombre chimère ... - Giacomo Meyerbeer & Joan Sutherland (12:35)
  5. 5 Dinorah (Le pardon de Ploërmel), comic opera in 3 acts: Dieu! Comme cette nuite est lente ... Ombre légère - Giacomo Meyerbeer & Joan Sutherland (7:59)
  6. 6 Le Cid, opera: Decet affreux combat ... Pleurez, mes yeux - Jules Massenet & Joan Sutherland (5:38)
  7. 7 Le roi de Lahore, opera in 5 acts (3 versions): De moi je veux bennir - Jules Massenet & Joan Sutherland (7:19)
  8. 8 Esclarmonde, opera in 4 acts: Esprits de l'air! Esprits de l'onde!... Roland! Ro - Jules Massenet & Joan Sutherland (6:39)
  9. 9 Faust, opera: Ô Dieu! que de bijoux ... Ah! je ris de me voir si - Charles Gounod & Joan Sutherland (4:40)
  10. 10 Roméo et Juliette, opera: Ah! je veux vivre - Charles Gounod & Joan Sutherland (3:33)
  11. 11 Le Rossignol, song for voice & piano - Léo Delibes & Joan Sutherland (5:03)
  12. 12 Sérénade, for voice & piano with harmonium or cello ad lib. (and various arrangements; "Chantez, riez, dormez") - Charles Gounod & Joan Sutherland (2:59)
  13. 13 Les Filles de Cadix, bolero for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Léo Delibes & Joan Sutherland (3:05)
  14. 14 Pastorale, song for voice & piano - Georges Bizet & Joan Sutherland (3:36)
  15. 15 Oh! si les fleurs avaient des yeux, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.7") - Jules Massenet & Joan Sutherland (2:01)
  16. 16 Le Papillon et la Fleur, song for voice & piano in C Major, Op. 1/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Joan Sutherland (2:37)
Disc 6
  1. 1 La fille du régiment, opera: Pour ce contrat fatal ... Salut à la France - Gaetano Donizetti & Joan Sutherland (4:54)
  2. 2 Oberon, opera, J. 306: Ocean! thou mighty monster - Carl Maria von Weber & Joan Sutherland (8:19)
  3. 3 Hamlet, opera in 5 acts: À vos jeux, mes amis, permettez-moi ... - Ambroise Thomas & Joan Sutherland (12:38)
  4. 4 Hamlet, opera in 5 acts: Le voilà! Je crois entendre - Ambroise Thomas & Joan Sutherland (4:04)
  5. 5 Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce ... Ardon gl'i - Gaetano Donizetti & Joan Sutherland (16:12)
  6. 6 La Traviata, opera: È strano! ... Ah, fors'è lui ... - Giuseppe Verdi & Joan Sutherland (7:01)
  7. 7 La Traviata, opera: Follie! Delerio vano è questo! ... Sempre libera - Giuseppe Verdi & Joan Sutherland (5:02)
  8. 8 Norma, opera: Dormono entrambi ... - Vicenzo Bellini & Joan Sutherland (5:00)
  9. 9 Norma, opera: Mi chiami, o Norma! ... - Vicenzo Bellini & Joan Sutherland (2:33)
  10. 10 Norma, opera: Deh! Con te, con te li prendi ... - Vicenzo Bellini & Joan Sutherland (3:33)
  11. 11 Norma, opera: Mira, o Norma - Vicenzo Bellini & Joan Sutherland (5:12)
  12. 12 Norma, opera: Sì, fino all'ore estreme - Vicenzo Bellini & Joan Sutherland (2:13)
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