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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Dessay, Beczala, Bannik ,Voropaev, Gergiev

Album Summary

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor
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Notes & Reviews:

The Mariinsky label's opera recordings have garnered acclaim and awards from around the world, most recently for Valery Gergiev's recording of Parsifal released in 2010. For the label's fifth opera, Gergiev conducts Donizetti's masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor with a magnificent cast led by Natalie Dessay. Donizetti's tragic opera depicts a family feud set in the Lammermuir hills of Scotland. Inspired by Sir Walter Scott's novel The Bride of Lammermoor, the central character of Lucia Ashton is torn between her family and true love and eventually descends into madness. Dessay is one of the world's most sought-after sopranos and an admired interpreter of lyric heroines. She is particularly renowned for her interpretation of the role of Lucia, which she has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House and the Mariinsky Theatre.

"There is something distinctively Russian about this Lammermoor. All those Italian melodies flow beautifully...But there is a sense of drive and purpose about this performance that seems, to me at least, distinctively Slavic...Dessay structures [the Mad Scene] well, always saving something in reserve for the build-ups and outbursts. Some excellent glass harmonica playing from Sascha Reckert...An intense but satisfying experience." -Classical Review

"The recording is worth owning for Beczala's classy singing as Edgardo, the only paragon here. The Polish tenor's gleaming, if not Italianate, tone, superb diction and shapely phrasing are the set's most consistent pleasures." -Sunday Times

"Gergiev drives it hard, admirably sustaining an atmosphere of tremendous neurotic tension throughout...Piotr Beczala's Edgardo is stylish and impulsive, if occasionally effortful." -The Guardian

"Here is a Lucia to match Callas or Sutherland. Natalie Dessay's light soprano gives a vivid impression of Lucia's vulnerable personality. The Mad Scene is enthralling. Piotr Beczala is a gloriously virile Edgardo, and the Italian style of the Russian cast more than acceptable. With Valery Gergiev a surprisingly sensitive conductor, this is a top-rank recording of a marvellous opera." -The Telegraph

"Here's a Valery Gergiev recording in which, for once, the febrile maestro isn't centre stage. This is all about Natalie Dessay's performance as poor deluded Lucy. And if you thrill to the French soprano's hypercharged, histrionic and occasionally wayward delivery of Donizetti's mad scene, you will forgive the ebullient but sometimes rough-edged playing of the Mariinsky Orchestra...Top singing from Vladislav Sulimsky as Enrico." -The Times

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, R (09/12/2010-09/16/2010).


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>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor
  • Performers: Ilya Bannik (Bass); Zhanna Dombrovskaya (Soprano); Vladislav Sulimsky (Baritone); Dmitry Voropaev (Tenor); Sergei Skorokhodov (Voice); Piotr Beczala (Tenor); Sascha Reckert (Glass Armonica); Sofia Kipriskaya (Harp); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Theatre Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia (09/12/2010-09/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 90 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1835