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Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)

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Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Osian Ellis, Horst Stein, Josef Sivo - Glière: Coloraturo Concerto, Harp Concerto; Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 293 Mb | Total time: 62:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 430 006-2 | Recorded: 1968, 1971

Of the rarities presented in this unusual Russian music collection, the most tantalizing is Gliére’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra. Judging by the slight surface noise, it sounds as if this transfer could have been made from an LP. No matter, the sound is fine, and Joan Sutherland sings radiantly, pouring out beguiling tone throughout her range, while her trademark trills are put to good use by Gliére’s vocal writing, which isn’t particularly original, especially considering it was composed in 1943. The same can be said for Gliére’s 1938 Harp Concerto: beguiling solo writing set against standard-fare 19th-century orchestral accompaniment.

Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2004/1986)

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Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2004/1986)

Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Richard Greager - Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2004/1986)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.48 Gb (DVD9) | 143 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol

Lucia di Lammermoor catapulted Joan Sutherland to international fame in 1959. It is a role with which her name is now inextricably linked and one which provides a perfect showcase for her remarkable vocal agility and acting ability. Set in the misty moors of Scotland, Lucia di Lammermoor is based on the novel by Sir Walter Scott. It is a tragic tale of star-crossed lovers separated by a family feud. In Gaetano Donizetti's dark, romantic opera, the forces of hate tear the young couple apart, leading to madness and murder. Richard Greager, Malcolm Donnelly, Joan Sutherland. Directed by John Copley, conducted by Richard Bonynge.

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Bellini: I Puritani (1987)

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Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Bellini: I Puritani (1987)

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Bellini: I Puritani (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 794 Mb | Total time: 174:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 417 588-2 | Recorded: 1975

Sutherland's singing here is brighter and fresher than her earlier recording, with the lovely aria 'Qui la voce' no longer a wordless melisma…The recording is vivid and atmospheric and one marvels at Bellini's gorgeous melodies…with Sutherland, Bonynge and all on electrifying form.

Richard Bonynge, Scottish National Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Nicolai Gedda - Haydn: Orfeo ed Euridice (1996)

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Richard Bonynge, Scottish National Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Nicolai Gedda - Haydn: Orfeo ed Euridice (1996)

Richard Bonynge, Scottish National Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Nicolai Gedda - Haydn: Orfeo ed Euridice (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 306 Mb | Total time: 132:61 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Verona ‎| 28018/19 | Recorded: 1967

When Haydn first came to London in 1791 he was recognised as one of the greatest composers in the world, but his extensive operatic output was essentially unknown outside Eszterháza, where the works had originated. He was commissioned to produce a new opera to celebrate the opening of the King’s Theatre in the Haymarket, but political intrigue prevented its production. Although the resources in terms of orchestra and chorus (particularly in the final Underworld act) were far greater than anything he had known in Hungary, Haydn seems to have been unworried by the fracas, since his generous fee was already in his bank in Vienna, and his concerts were proving an outstanding success. But he never composed another opera. The official title, L’anima del filosofo, seems to have been a half-hearted attempt to distinguish it from the successful Gluck version of Orfeo.

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2002/1980)

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Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2002/1980)

Richard Bonynge, Joan Sutherland, Alfredo Kraus - Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2002/1980)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.71 Gb (DVD9) | 140 min
Classical | Pioneer | Sub: English

Dame Joan Sutherland and tenor Alfredo Kraus star in Donizetti's tale of sixteenth century opulence and decadence. Joan Sutherland is unquestionably the unsurpassed Lucrezia of all-time, and this production at Covent Garden showcases her incomparable coloratura technique. Bel canto specialist Richard Bonynge conducts The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in this historic performance.

Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (1991)

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Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (1991)

Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, New Philharmonia Orchestra - Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 987 Mb | Total time: 217:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | 430 549-2 | Recorded: 1969

Sutherland is predictably impressive. Her 'O beau pays' is thrillingly done…with much attention to detail. Tourangeau as the page is another highlight…This is by far the most successful recording of this work and with a brilliant recording to match the ambitions of the project.— Penguin Guide

Joan Sutherland, Nicola Rescigno, New York Opera Society Orchestra - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2000)

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Joan Sutherland, Nicola Rescigno, New York Opera Society Orchestra - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2000)

Joan Sutherland, Nicola Rescigno, New York Opera Society Orchestra - Bellini: La Sonnambula (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 73:33+75:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gala | GL 100.545 | Recorded: 1961

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 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".

Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (2006)

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Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (2006)

Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (2006)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 140 min | 5,47 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: English | Recorded: 1984

Francesco Cilea’s most popular work is based on the 1849 play by Eugene Scribe and Ernest Legouvé. Adriana Lecouvreur is a star of the stage who could seemingly have any man she desires, but when she falls hopelessly in love with the Count of Saxony, she discovers he's already been promised to the Princess of Bouillon, leading to a battle of wills between them. Filmed in 1984 at Sydney Opera House.

Verdi The Complete Works [75CDs] (2016)

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Verdi The Complete Works [75CDs] (2016)

Verdi: The Complete Works [75CDs] (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 20,9 Gb | Total time: 76:18:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 4789574 | Recorded: 1950-2013

Decca proudly presents the Complete Works by Giuseppe Verdi in a single 75 CD box set. From the ever-popular “Aida” to the obscure “Alzira,” all 28 of Giuseppe Verdi's operas are here as well as his Sacred Works, Arias, Songs, Ballet Music, the String quartet and other rarities.

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Teresa Berganza - Handel: Alcina (1992)

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Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Teresa Berganza - Handel: Alcina (1992)

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Teresa Berganza - Handel: Alcina; Giulio Cesare [highlights] (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,98 Gb | Total time: 211:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 433 723-2 | Recorded: 1962

Joan Sutherland first sang the role of Alcina in 1957 and continued to sing it until 1983. The role allows her to display her technical agility, the breath control on long phrases and her stunning trill. It must be admitted that her diction is not clean – but what glorious singing. Teresa Berganza as Ruggiero is Sutherland's equal throughout the entire opera. Her approach is less overtly spectacular but her "Verdi prati" is an object lesson in classic vocalism. With a glorious contralto voice, Monica Sinclair attacks the role of Bradamante with gusto. The three octave scale which concludes her Act 1 aria is not stylistic, but it is exciting. In the shorter roles Mirella Freni and Graziella Sciutti are excellent. Freni was at the beginning of long and glorious career. The male roles are of less importance in this opera but they are very well sung by Luigi Alva and Ezio Flagello.

Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2006)

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Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2006)

Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia (2006)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 140 min | 6,42 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: English | Recorded: 1977

Lucrezia Borgia is a lyrical masterly example of Donizetti's art that delights the ear endlessly… Sutherland made the low key arias breathtaking vehicles for the most ravishing singing one is likely to hear on any opera stage in the world.
— The Financial Review

Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment (2006)

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Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment (2006)

Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra - Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment (2006)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 119 min | 6,06 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: English | Recorded: 1986

Marie, found abandoned as a baby on the battlefield, was adopted and raised by soldiers. She is the darling of the regiment. When the Marquise of Berkenfield tells the Sergeant that Marie is actually her niece and she must leave the regiment, the troops are heartbroken. The Marquise plans to educate and marry Marie in a manner befitting a lady of quality, but Marie wants only to return to her regiment and the man she loves.
"Sutherland once again produced that glittering unmistakable brilliance of sound." (The Canberra Times)

Richard Bonynge, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - Handel: Rodelinda (1995)

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Richard Bonynge, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - Handel: Rodelinda (1995)

Richard Bonynge, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland - Handel: Rodelinda (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 625 Mb | Total time: 76:05+69:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Bella Voce | # BLV 10 7206 | Recorded: 1973

In 1973 ging Rodelinda in het Holland Festival met de wereldberoemde coloratuursopraan Joan Sutherland in de titelrol, begeleid door het Nederlands Kamerorkest onder leiding van Richard Bonynge. De voorstelling werd met superieure en spectaculaire virtuositeit gezongen. De decors van ragfijne hekwerken met klassicistische elementen en uitbundig barokke versieringen daalden uit de hemel en stegen weer op zonder de grond te hebben geraakt.

Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2006)

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Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2006)

Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 661 Mb | Total time: 140:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 475 7514 | Recorded: 1970

Donizetti's rollicking comic opera The Elixir of Love receives a scintillating performance in this early 1970's London/Decca recording. Featuring an unbeatable cast, headed by Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti, this wonderful interpretation demonstrates singing of the highest levels of artistic integrity- definitive, passionate, lyrical, committed. The English Chamber Orchestra responds to Richard Bonynge's direction to provide sharp, colorful orchestral support, and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus' performance can only be described as brilliant.

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Rossini: Semiramide (2006)

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Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Rossini: Semiramide (2006)

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Rossini: Semiramide (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 778 Mb | Total time: 52:30+42:11+73:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 0289 475 7918 2 | Recorded: 1966

This 1966 recording, billed as the first complete Semiramide on disc, with Joan Sutherland singing Semiramide and Marilyn Horne singing the trouser role Arsace, has long been considered the standard by which all other Semiramide's are measured. Although subsequently there have been more complete recordings, this remains among the best recorded performance and is a recommendation for every opera collection.