Thursday, September 15, 2011

Own Every Note Joan Sutherland Recorded For Decca Studios

To commemorate the one year anniversary of Dame Joan Sutherland's death, the label she spent her entire career recording for will release a 23-CD box set complete with a 48-page booklet. Chances are that most opera fans will already own much (or all) of the material in the recitals left by the soprano known as "La Stupenda," but the many will not be able to pass up the original cover art sleeves and commentary by opera critic George Hall. Dame Joan would have turned 85 on November 7, 2011. This limited-edition box is set for release on October 3, 2011. A complete track listing is after the jump.

Sutherland devotees can opt for a slightly less extravagant package by getting The Prima Donna - Deluxe Edition. Issued on three CDs, you'll get the set as it was originally released plus a 73-minute interview CD that Dame Joan recorded in 2002. The package also comes with an 80-page booklet packed with photos. Release date is also set for October 3, 2011.


CD 1: Operatic Arias
Scenes and arias from Lucia di Lammermoor, Ernani, I vespri siciliani, Linda di Chamounix
Orchestre des Concerts du Conservatoire; Nello Santi; recorded April 1959

CDs 2 & 3: The Art of the Prima Donna
Arias from Artaxerxes, Samson, Norma, I puritani, Semiramide, La sonnambula, Faust, Roméo et Juliette, Otello, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, La traviata, Hamlet, Lakmé, Les Huguenots, and Rigoletto
Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Francesco Molinari-Pradelli; recorded August 1960

CDs 4 & 5: Command Performance
Arias from Oberon, Le Cid, Dinorah, Pagliacci, I masnadieri, Luisa Miller, La cambiale di matrimonio, Beatrice di Tenda; songs - The Gypsy and the Bird, Parla!, Io non sono più, Ideale, Il bacio, La Serenata, Mattinata, Lo! here the gentle lark, The Last Rose of Summer, Scenes that are brightest may charm awhile, I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls, Home sweet home
London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Bonynge (conductor & piano); recorded October-November 1962

CDs 6 & 7: The Age of Bel Canto
6. Arias from La buona figliuola, Atalanta, Meraspe, Samson, Semele, Astarto, Artaxerxes, Rosina, Il re pastore, Die Zauberflöte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Angéla ou L'Atelier de Jean Cousin
7. Arias from Semiramide, La Muette de Portici, Der Freischütz, Beatrice di Tenda, Don Pasquale, Lucrezia Borgia, Attila, La straniera, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Arditi: Boléro
with Marilyn Horne (mezzo), Richard Conrad (tenor), New Symphony Orchestra of London (CD 6); London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (CD 7); recorded June 1963

CD 8: Joy to the World
Joy to the World, It came upon a midnight clear, O holy night, O divine Redeemer, What Child is this?, Adeste fideles, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Good King Wenceslas, Hark! the herald angels sing, The Virgin's Slumber Song,
Ave Maria, The Holly and the Ivy, Angels we have heard on high, Deck the hall
The Ambrosian Singers, New Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Bonynge; recorded May 1965

CD 9: Noël Coward Album
Songs from Conversation Piece, Bitter Sweet, Operette, After the Ball, Pacific 1860
Chorus and Orchestra; Richard Bonynge; recorded July 1966

CDs 10 & 11: Love Live Forever
Songs from operetta: The Student Prince, The Boys from Syracuse, The Desert Song, Music in the Air, Rose Marie, The Only Girl, Show Boat, The Maid of the Mountains, Tom Jones, La Périchole, Chérubin, Der Vogelhändler, The Dubarry, Die geschiedene frau, Die spanische Nachtigall, Die Dollarprinzessin, Madame Pompadour, Der liebe Augustin, Eva, Ein Walzertraum, Der Opernball, Casanova, The Merry Widow, The King Steps Out, The Chocolate Soldier, Balalaika, Paganini
Ambrosian Light Opera Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Bonynge; recorded March & July 1966

CD 12 & 13: Romantic French Arias
Arias from Robinson Crusoé, Dinorah, Louise, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, Manon Lescaut, Fra Diavolo, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Cendrillon, Mireille, L'Étoile du Nord, Le Tribut de Zamora, Robert le Diable, Le Coeur et la Main, Les Noces de Jeannette, Faust, Vasco de Gama
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Richard Bonynge; recorded September 1969

CD 14: Songs my Mother taught me
Songs by Dvorák, Mendelssohn, Del Riego, Massenet, Gounod, Nelson, Delibes, LaForge, Juncker, Hahn, Abt, Grieg, Liszt, Delibes
New Philharmonia Orchestra; Richard Bonynge; recorded August 1972

CD 15: Operatic Duets
Duets from La traviata, La Sonnambula, Linda di Chamounix, Otello, Aida
Luciano Pavarotti (tenor); National Philharmonic Orchestra; Richard Bonynge; recorded September 1976

CDs 16 & 17: Serate musicali
Songs by Rossini, Leoncavallo, Donizetti, Respighi, Bellini, Verdi, Cimara, Ponchielli, Mascagni, Gounod, Godard, Massenet, Lalo, Thomas, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Bizet, Meyerbeer, Chaminade, Delibes, Hahn, Adam
Richard Bonynge (piano), recorded June 1978

CD 18: Wagner recital
Arias from Rienzi, Der fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Die Walküre, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tristan und Isolde
National Philaharmonic Orchestra; Richard Bonynge

CD 19: Mozart recital
Arias from Il re pastore, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte; Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio, K418; Chi'io mi scordi di te... Non temer, amato bene, K505
National Philharmonic Orchestra; Richard Bonynge; recorded November 1978

CD 20: Bel canto arias
Arias from Il castello di Kenilworth, Attila, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Betly, La Favorite, L'Africaine, Guillaume Tell, Il barbiere di Siviglia
Orchestra of Welsh National Opera; Richard Bonynge; recorded September 1985

CD 21: Talking Pictures
A tribute to films and Hollywood musicals
English Chamber Orchestra; Richard Bonynge; recorded April 1986

CD 22: Romantic Trios
Songs for soprano, horn and piano
Songs by Denza, Panseron, Kreutzer, Nicolai, Proch, Skroup, Donizetti, Lachner, Kücken, Massenet, Berlioz
Barry Tuckwell (horn), Richard Bonynge (piano), recorded October 1987

CD 23: Rarities and first recordings
Arias by Bononcini, Paisiello, Piccinni, Arne, and Handel (Acis and Galatea, Alcina)
Philomusica of London; Granville Jones, Adrian Boult, Anthony Lewis; recorded 1958 and May/June 1959
Russian songs by Stravinsky, Cui & Gretchaninov
Gliere: Concerto for Coloratura soprano
London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Bonynge; recorded May 1968
Donizetti: La Fille du régiment: Par le rang... Salut à la France
Chorus and Orchestra of ther Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Richard Bonynge; recorded July 1967