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)
Ah! Son dannata! (Sister Angelica, Chorus of Angels)
O gloriosa virginum (Chorus of Angels, Sister Angelica)
“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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