Puccini: Suor Angelica

Naxos: 8111328

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Puccini: Suor Angelica

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8111328
(8.111328)

Discs:

1

Release date:

1st June 2009

Barcode:

0747313332823

Length:

56 minutes

Medium:

CD

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Puccini: Suor Angelica

Recorded in June, 1957 in the Teatro dell’Opera, Rome


Victoria de los Angeles, Fedora Barbieri, Mina Doro, Corinna Vozza, Mina Doro, Lidia Marimpietri, Santa Chissari & Anna Marcangeli

Rome Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, Tullio Serafin

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Victoria de los Angeles’s performance as Sister Angelica demands superlatives: “it is in every way perfect, beautifully sung, infinitely touching, and free from the slightest suggestion of theatricality”, wrote The Gramophone when this recording was originally released in 1958.

Indeed, the review praised the entire production: “It is evident that Tullio Serafin loves this opera: he draws very beautiful playing from the orchestra, secures just the right tempi, and at once establishes the right mood in every scene. The recording allows us to hear all the details of the wonderful orchestral part”.

This is by all measures a classic.

Giacomo Puccini: Suor Angelica

Ave Maria, Ave Maria (Sisters, Sister Angelica)

Sorelle in umilta (Monitor, Lay Sisters, Mistress of the Novices)

Suor Lucilla, al lavoro (Monitor, Mistress of the Novices, Sister Osmina, 6 Sisters)

O sorelle, sorelle (Sister Genevieve, Sisters, A Novice, Mistress of the Novices)

O sorelle in pio lavoro, quando il getto (Sister Genevieve, 2 Sisters)

I desideri sono i fiori dei vivi (Sister Angelica, Monitor, Sister Genevieve, 3 Sisters)

Io si, lo confesso (Sister Angelica, Sister Dolcina, Sisters, Sister Genevieve, A Novice)

Suor Angelica, sentite! (Nursing Sister, Sister Angelica, Sisters)

Laudata Maria! (2 Alms Sisters, Sisters, Sister Dolcina, Monitor)

Chi e venuto stasera in parlatorio? (First Alms Sister, Sisters, Sister Angelica, Sister Genevieve)

Suor Angelica! (Abbess, Sister Angelica, 6 Sisters)

Il Principe Gualtiero vostro padre (Princess, Sister Angelica)

Vostra sorella Anna Viola andera sposa (Princess, Sister Angelica)

Di frequente la sera, la nel nostro oratorio (Princess)

Tutto offerto alla Vergine, si, tutto (Sister Angelica)

Or son due anni (Princess, Sister Angelica)

Senza mamma, o bimbo, tu sei morto! (Sister Angelica)

Sorella, o buona sorella (Sister Genevieve, Sisters, Sister Angelica)

La grazia e discesa dal cielo! (Sister Angelica)

Addio, buone sorelle, addio, addio! (Sister Angelica)

Ah! Son dannata! (Sister Angelica, Chorus of Angels)

O gloriosa virginum (Chorus of Angels, Sister Angelica)

BBC Music Magazine

November 2009

****

“With the Spanish soprano as its heroine, Fedora Barbieri's grandly malevolent Princess and fine executants in the smaller roles, Puccini's score is wonderfully presented in this 1957 reissue, marred only by limited sound.”

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