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PUCCINI, G.: Suor Angelica (Los Angeles, Barbieri, Rome Opera, Serafin) (1957)

Composer(s):Puccini, Giacomo
Artist(s)
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.111328
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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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.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2009

In her illustrious career it is this recording of Sour Angelica that stands as one of the great achievements of the legendary soprano, Victoria de los Angeles. It suffered the misfortune of being issued at much the same time as the recording by Renata Tebaldi, a singer who had made the role of the tragic character who was serving life-long penitence for unmarried motherhood, very much her own. The two approached the role very differently, Tebaldi as a warm-hearted mature woman, de los Angeles seeing a naive and almost childlike person who mentally snaps when her unforgiving aunt, the Princess, brings her news that her child and her parents are dead. With Tebaldi it is noble grief, with de los Angeles it is a young broken person. I accept and value both views,

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