Vincenzo Bellini – Norma (Bonynge)

3 CDs Box Set

Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé, Samuel Ramey

Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera

Richard Bonynge, conductor

Decca, 1988 (2011)

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Norma – From our review:

Joan Sutherland was almost at the end of her glorious career when she recorded Norma in studio in 1984. Her decline is evident, but, more than for other, equally illustrious singers, it is more similar to a swansong that decadence. I have also to admit that I think that Sutherland’s “decline” can be defined as such only in comparison with the high standards to which she accustomed us in the previous decades.

For this reason – and for the presence of two great singers as Montserrat Caballé and Luciano Pavarotti – I am persuaded that this Norma deserves a place of honour in the discography of Bellini’s masterpiece, alongside with Sutherland’s earlier recording, made in 1964.

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Norma – Cast:

Norma: Joan Sutherland, Pollione: Luciano Pavarotti, Adalgisa: Montserrat Caballé, Oroveso: Samuel Ramey, Clotilde: Diana Montague, Flavio: Kim Begley

Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera

Richard Bonynge, conductor

Decca, 1988 (2011)

Norma – Tracklist:

Disc 1

  1. Sinfonia
  2. Act 1 – Introduzione: Ite sul colle, o Druidi
  3. Act 1 – Svanir le voci!
  4. Act 1 – “Meco all’altar di Venere”
  5. Act 1 – “Me protegge, me difende”
  6. Act 1 – Norma viene
  7. Act 1 – Sediziose voci, voci di guerra
  8. Act 1 – Casta Diva
  9. Act 1 – Fine al rito
  10. Act 1 – Ah! bello a me ritorna

Disc 2

  1. Act 1 – Sgombra è la sacra
  2. Act 1 – Deh! proteggimi, o Dio!
  3. Act 1 – Eccola! va, mi lascia, ragion non odo
  4. Act 1 – Va, crudele, al Dio spietato
  5. Act 1 – Vanne, e li cela entrambi
  6. Act 1 – Adalgisa!
  7. Act 1 – Oh! rimembranza!
  8. Act 1 – Ah! si, fa core, abbracciami
  9. Act 1 – Ma di’, l’amato quale fra noi si noma?
  10. Act 1 – Oh non tremare
  11. Act 1 – Oh! di qual sei tu vittima
  12. Act 1 – Oh! qual traspare orribile
  13. Act 1 – Norma! de’tuoi rimproveri
  14. Act 1 – Perfido!
  15. Act 1 – Vanne, si: mi lascia, indegno

Disc 3

  1. Act 2 – Scena – Introduzione
  2. Act 2 – Dormono entrambi
  3. Act 2 – Mi chiami, o Norma!
  4. Act 2 – Deh! con te, con te li prendi
  5. Act 2 – Mira, o Norma
  6. Act 2 – Si, fino all’ore estreme
  7. Act 2 – Non parti?
  8. Act 2 – Guerrieri! a voi venirne
  9. Act 2 – Ei tornerà
  10. Act 2 – Squilla il bronzo del Dio!
  11. Act 2 – Guerra, guerra!
  12. Act 2 – Nè compi il rito, o Norma?
  13. Act 2 – In mia man alfin tu sei
  14. Act 2 – Già mi pasco ne’tuoi sguardi
  15. Act 2 – Dammi quel ferro
  16. Act 2 – Qual cor tradisti, qual cor perdesti
  17. Act 2 – Norma! deh! Norma, scolpati
  18. Act 2 – Deh! non volerli vittime

Recording location: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, November & December 1984