Things have been going slowly here, but I’m still working on assorted transfers. There should be a big update in the next month or so, but in the meanwhile, I’ll try to post occasional smaller updates, such as this one. One of Toscanini’s acoustic sides has already featured here, but here are another two, the last two movements of Mozart’s Symphony No.39.
Mozart – Symphony No.39 in E flat major K543
Menuetto (3rd Movement)
Allegro (4th Movement – Finale)
Today would have been Dame Joan Sutherland’s 84th birthday. It is also exactly four weeks after her death. It seems apt to mark this with one of her earliest discs. Her Lucia di Lammermoor mad scene from 1959 was issued as part of a recital disc, but also was issued on a mono 45rpm record. Less than two weeks before Dame Joan’s death, the American coloratura soprano Dolores Wilson died aged 82. She had recorded Lucia in 1951, and part of the mad scene and the sextet were issued on an ARC 33rpm 7 inch record in the early 1960s. This seemed an ideal opportunity to remaster both recordings by way of tribute and comparison.
Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor – excerpts Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Franco Capuana
Sextet: Chi mi frena
Dolores Wilson, soprano Ebe Ticozzi, contralto Mario Carlin, tenor Gianni Poggi, tenor Anselmo Colzani, baritone Silvio Maionica, baritone
(mp3 files – right click the link, then select “Save as”)
ARC 31 7″ 33rpm
Matrices HOC 31A, HOC 31B
(Taken from 1951 complete recording, though label claims “First published 1963”)
Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor – Mad Scene: Il dolce suono mi corpi di sua voce!… Ardon gl’ incensi L’Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Paris, Nello Santi
Paris Opera Chorus
Joan Sutherland, soprano