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Joan Sutherland

Joan Sutherland Oratorios & Recitals (37 CD Box Set)

Decca embarks on a Joan Sutherland edition comprising her complete recordings for the label.


This, the first set to be released, comprises Sutherland’s complete Recitals and Oratorio recordings for Decca, ranging from the 1959 operatic recital recorded in Paris, with Nello Santi (has Verdi’s “Santo di patria” ever rung out with greater thrill?), the truly legendary “Art of the Prima Donna” (an early example of a ‘concept’ record), through to the famous ‘Live from Lincoln Center’ (with longtime collaborators Marilyn Horne and Luciano Pavarotti). It also includes some of her earliest recordings, four of which, recorded in 1958 with Richard Bonynge at the piano are being published on Decca for the first time, together with a set of French songs which were discovered some years ago at the end of the tapes for the ‘Arias from French Opera’ set. Sutherland was also invited to participate in recordings of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony by Ernest Ansermet and Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, and these are included, as are two versions of Handel’s Messiah (Boult, Bonynge) and the Solti recording of Verdi’s Requiem. Relative rarities come in the form of an all-Wagner disc (a composer many thought Sutherland was born to sing), bonused with her appearance as the Woodbird in the Solti Ring; Bliss’s A Song of Welcome (from 1954 – her very first studio recording); and Bach’s Cantata ‘Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben’ (Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring). For her final Decca recital recording, Sutherland teamed up with fellow Australian, hornist Barry Tuckwell, for a disc of Romantic Trios, with her husband Richard Bonynge at the piano.

CD 1 BLISS: A Song of Welcome SIR ARTHUR BLISS J.S. BACH: Cantata ‘Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben’ GERAINT JONES CD 2 Baroque Arias – Bononcini, Paisello, Shield, Arne ANTHONY LEWIS Rarities RICHARD BONYNGE CD 3 Operatic Arias NELLO SANTI CD 4 BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 ERNEST ANSERMET CDs 5-6 The Art of the Prima Donna FRANCESCO MOLINARI-PRADELLI CDs 7–8 HANDEL: Messiah SIR ADRIAN BOULT CDs 9–10 Command Performance RICHARD BONYNGE CDs 11-12 The Age of Bel Canto RICHARD BONYNGE CD 13 Joy to the World RICHARD BONYNGE CD 14 BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 HANS SCHMIDT-ISSERSTEDT CD 15 Joan Sutherland sings Noël Coward RICHARD BONYNGE CDs 16-17 Love Live Forever RICHARD BONYNGE CD 18 Verdi: Requiem SIR GEORG SOLTI CD 19 Russian Rarities RICHARD BONYNGE CDs 20-21 Romantic French Arias RICHARD BONYNGE CDs 22-23 HANDEL: Messiah RICHARD BONYNGE CD 24 Songs My Mother Taught Me RICHARD BONYNGE CD 25 Darwin – Song for a City RICHARD BONYNGE FIRST INTERNATIONAL CD RELEASE CD 26 Operatic Duets LUCIANO PAVAROTTI · RICHARD BONYNGE CDs 27-28 Serate Musicali RICHARD BONYNGE CD 29 Joan Sutherland sings Wagner RICHARD BONYNGE CD 30 Joan Sutherland sings Mozart RICHARD BONYNGE CDs 31-32 Live from Lincoln Center MARILYN HORNE · LUCIANO PAVAROTTI RICHARD BONYNGE CDs 33-34 HANDEL: Athalia CHRISTOPHER HOGWOOD CD 35 Bel Canto Arias RICHARD BONYNGE CD 36 Talking Pictures RICHARD BONYNGE CD 37 Romantic Trios BARRY TUCKWELL · RICHARD BONYNGE