Composer(s):
Conductor(s):
Genre(s):
Opera
Period(s):
Romantic
Label:
Orfeo
Catalogue No:
C931182I
Barcode:
4011790931227
Release Date:
07/2018
Available Format(s):
CD

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

The global careers of not one but two Slovakian singers were launched on March 23, 1978 in Vienna’s State Opera: that of then-27-year-old tenor Peter Dvorský, and above all that of 31-year-old Edita Gruberova, hers a career which has endured to this day. Despite her success there in the role of Zerbinetta just eighteen months earlier, she was then still an insider tip for such a large bel canto role. Although studio recordings from subsequent years (1984, 1992 and 2003) exist of this role which would later become Gruberova’s hallmark – one she sang eighty-eight times in Vienna alone – this early live recording has a quality that is missing from later recordings: the maidenly determination and yet stupendous vocal perfection (including her flawless high E flat) that Gruberova delivers in her portrayal, her inimitable sonorous timbre – which she retains to this day – alongside the wonderfully intimate and yet tense partnership with Dvorský, whose passionate, burning tenor provides a unique highlight in his first duet with Gruberova’s Lucia and supplies a further high point in the tricky final scene on a recording not short of such brilliant climaxes. Matteo Manuguerra’s reading of Lucia’s brother Enrico is a perilously relentless, masculine tour de force. Last but not least, the quickening touch of Giuseppe Patanè’s baton makes this a gem among the treasures of Edita Gruberova’s discography, one never short of outstanding testimony to her consummate vocal skill and is a wonderful addition to that of Peter Dvorský, whose discography is sadly not so bountiful. The Neapolitan conductor, who was highly regarded in Munich for his performances of Italian repertoire, transforms a singing festival into an exciting music drama in the way that he leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a highly flexible and dynamic manner through the musical narrative.


Lucia di Lammermoor
1.     Act I Scene 1: Prelude - Percorrete le spiagge vicine (Normanno, Chorus)
04:24
2.     Act I Scene 1: Tu sei turbato! - E n'ho ben donde (Normanno, Enrico, Raimondo)
02:42
3.     Act I Scene 1: Cruda, funesta smania (Enrico, Normanno, Raimondo)
02:07
4.     Act I Scene 1: Il tuo dubbio è ormai certezza (Chorus, Normanno, Enrico, Raimondo)
04:22
5.     Act I Scene 2: Ancor non giunse? - Incauta (Lucia, Alisa)
04:24
6.     Act I Scene 2: Regnava nel silenzio - Quando rapito in estasi (Lucia, Alisa)
08:12
7.     Act I Scene 2: Egli s'avanza - Sulla tomba (Alisa, Edgardo, Lucia)
07:55
8.     Act I Scene 2: Verranno a te sull'aure (Lucia, Edgardo)
04:29
9.     Act II Scene 1: Lucia fra poco a te verrà (Normanno, Enrico)
02:57
10.     Act II Scene 1: Appressati, Lucia - Il pallor funesto, orrendo (Enrico, Lucia)
04:53
11.     Act II Scene 1: Soffriva nel pianto languìa nel dolore (Lucia, Enrico)
07:08
12.     Act II Scene 2: Per te d'immenso giubilo (Arturo, Enrico, Chorus)
03:21
13.     Act II Scene 2: Dov’è Lucia? Qui giungere or la vedrem (Arturo, Enrico, Chorus, Raimondo, Lucia, Edgardo)
03:59
14.     Act II Scene 2: Chi mi frena in tal momento (Edgardo, Enrico, Lucia, Raimondo, Alisa, Arturo, Chorus)
04:10
15.     Act II Scene 2: T'allontana, sciagurato (Enrico, Arturo, Chorus, Edgardo, Raimondo, Lucia, Alisa)
05:10

Disc 2

1.     Act II Scene 2: Uragano - Orrida è questa notte - Asthon! - Sì (Edgardo, Enrico)
09:04
2.     Act II Scene 2: D'immenso giubilo - Deh, cessate quel contento (Chorus, Raimondo)
02:06
3.     Act II Scene 2: Dalle stanze ove Lucia (Raimondo, Chorus)
05:12
4.     Act II Scene 2: Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce! (Lucia, Raimondo, Alisa, Chorus)
12:31
5.     Act II Scene 2: S'avanza Enrico! - Spargi d'amaro pianto (Raimondo, Enrico, Alisa, Chorus, Lucia)
07:32
6.     Act II Scene 2: Tombe degli avi miei - Fra poco a me ricovero (Edgardo)
07:45
7.     Act II Scene 2: Oh meschina! Oh fato orrendo! (Chorus, Edgardo, Raimondo)
04:07
8.     Act II Scene 2: Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali (Edgardo, Raimondo, Chorus)
05:19

Total Playing Time: 02:03:49