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|1. Part One: N.1 Preludio E Coro D'Introduzione: Percorrente Le Spiagge Vicine - Ambrosian Opera Chorus|
|2. Part One: N.2 Scena E Cavatina: Tu Sei Turbato! - E N'Ho Ben D'Onde - Piero Cappuccilli|
|3. Part One: No.2 Scena E Cavatina: Cruda, Funestsa Smania - Piero Cappuccilli|
|4. Part One: N.2 Scena E Cavatina: Il Tuo Dubbio E Ormai Certezza - Piero Cappuccilli|
|5. Part One: N.3 Scena E Cavatina: Ancor Non Giunse! - Beverly Sills|
|6. Part One: N.3 Scena E Cavatina: Regnava Nel Silenzio - Beverly Sills|
|7. Part One: N.4 Scena E Duetto - Finale I: Egli S'Avanza - Carlo Bergonzi|
|8. Part One: N.4 Scena E Duetto - Finale I: Sulla Tomba Che Rinserra - Carlo Bergonzi|
|9. Part Two: Act One, N.5. Scena: Lucia Fra Poco A Te Verra - Piero Cappuccilli|
|10. Part Two: Act One, N.6. Duetto: Appressati, Lucia - Piero Cappuccilli|
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|1. Part Two: Act Two - Finale II, N.8. Coro E Cavatina: Per Te D'Immenso Giubilo/Per Poco Fra Le Tenebre - Ambrosian Opera Chorus|
|2. Part Two: Act Two - Finale II, No.9. Scena E Quartetto: Dov'E Lucia? - Qui Giungere Or La Vedrem.../Ecco Il Tuo Sposo - Piero Cappuccilli|
|3. Part Two: Act Two - Finale II. Sestetto Con Coro: Chi Mi Frena In Tal Momento?/Chi Raffrena Il Mio Furore? - Piero Cappuccilli|
|4. Part Two: Act Two - Finale II, No.10. Seguito E Stretta Del Finale II: T'Allontana, Sciagurato - Maledetto Sia I'Istante - Piero Cappuccilli|
|5. Part Two: Act Two, No.11. Uragano, Scena E Duetto: Orrida E Questa Notte - Piero Cappuccilli|
|6. Part Two: Act Two, No.11 Urgano, Scena E Duetto: Ashton! - Si/Qui Del Padre Ancor Respira - Piero Cappuccilli|
|7. Part Two: Act Two, No.12. Coro: D'Immenso Giubilo - Ambrosian Opera Chorus|
|8. Part Two: Act Two, No.13. Gran Scena Con Cori: Deh, Cessate Quel Contento - Justino Diaz|
|9. Part Two: Act Two, No.14. Scena Ed Aria: O Giusto Cielo! - Il Dolce Suono - Ambrosian Opera Chorus|
|10. Part Two: Act Two, No.14. Scena Ed Aria: Ardon Gli Incensi - Ambrosian Opera Chorus|
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This Lucia was recorded in 1970, when Beverly Sills was at the peak of her vocal and dramatic powers. She had been singing the role of Lucia on stage for six years, and she knew the character. Here is a manic-depressive who is slightly crazy from the start, and Sills's embellishments to the vocal line (and there are tons of them; hardly a line is left as written), mostly composed especially for her, are always at the service of the drama. She is a far cry from the chirpy Pons and Peters (and even Sutherland, whose just-plain-singing of the role is unmatchable, but who was never all that interested in building character) and comes closer to Callas, but without the great Greek soprano's huge palette of colors or, for that matter, vocal limitations. Sills is gloriously fluent in the coloratura, the high notes are impeccable, and her reading of the words is truly involved and involving. Carlo Bergonzi has everything as Edgardo, while Piero Cappuccilli's Enrico is snarling and cruel. Schippers leads a very tight, exciting, complete performance, and for the first (and only) time on CD, the glass harmonica Donizetti asked for is used in the Mad Scene. This is a must for lovers of great singing. --Robert Levine
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In the spectrum of Lucias, though, I find Beverly Sill's characterization to be much more appropriate than the other two. Aside from her obviously lighter voice than the two, her Lucia was a much more fragile woman who just had some seriously loose screws. I never felt like she stepped outside her bounds character-wise. Then again, I find Lucia to be most similar to Ophelia: driven mad by circumstance and completely tormented. They shouldn'y ever come off as being scary or cold- just completely over-the-edge. Aside from that, Sill's singing of Lucia is fantastically exciting. Her ornamentation is sometimes a bit much; but with bel canto, you have to find a way to make each line yours and make sure that it still portrays what the composer wanted. Improvisation is expected. While her Regnava is not my favorite (I'm more than impressed by this new soprano Anna Netrebko), the Mad Scene is all and more than one could want from the character. Absolutely marvelous.
While Lucia is obviously the most important character in the show, I think it is important in rating this album (and comparing it to others) to consider the supporting cast. The main reason I purchased this album was for its Edgardo; and once again, Carlo Bergonzi is a joy to hear. He has such a wonderful color- as well as a solid technique in all ranges. The Act 1 duet with Sills is the highlight of the show for me (aside from the Mad Scene).
The rest of the cast is wonderful; so many magical moments in this recording...
Also notice the official reviewer's remark: "... no line is sung as it is written..." I suppose that the Sills-club was so far above Donizzeti as to re-write the music that Donizzeti of course couldn't write properly... and all that for Sills to sing a more difficult Lucia than Callas and Ssutherland...Well I suppose then that Mado Robin is the best Lucia of the century since she has sung in her Lucia high Gs, As and even Bs ABOVE the famous Eflat transfomring Lucia into a CIRCUS!!!
If you only knew how much re-writing of their operas annoyed the Composers... Bellini had specifically requsted from Rubini never to sing anything that was not written in the score and that if he wanted a cadenza for show-off he should ask him towrite it and not write it by his own...
Most recent customer reviews
This is the only recording I have of Bubbles singing am F6!!! Thrill! I am tickled senseless and bronze! HURRAY!!!Published on Oct. 2 2013 by Paul Williamson
I'm sorry if I hurt anyone. I was just so mad and angry because Callas got bashed so many times by a Sills-Fanatic. I deeply apologise. Read morePublished on May 20 2004
First things first, I'm not one of those Callas-Fans who hates Beverly because some of her fans feel they must throw mud at Callas to promote Beverly Sills. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by Emma de Soleil
Lovely and well done album, I can recommend it wholeheartedly.Published on Jan. 24 2004 by Mark Bernhard
Donizetti's "Lucia Di Lammermoor" has been a popular opera for years. The tragic story of thwarted love (a la Romeo and Juliet) based on the Walter Scott novel became a smash hit... Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2003
I find all of these online "wars" terribly silly and childish. I do not appreciate the Aussi music fan threatening amazon. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2003 by G. Golding
Having read some of the other reviews, I'll try to get through this without any diva-bashing...
Lucia is perhaps my favorite opera, so I've seen and heard it performed many... Read more
This version of Lucia is so good I strongly feel it's the standard to which future Lucias ought to be measured to. Miss Sills is very dramatically gripping. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2003