Joan Sutherland's only recorded appearance in the role of Queen of the Night in a live BBC broadcast recording, released for the first time in its entirety and in excellent XR-remastered sound quality.
"Joan Sutherland -- the young Joan Sutherland -- made her entrance as the Queen of the Night and everything else ceased to matter. In early 1962, Sutherland was just back from her triumphant La Scala debut and her fame in her home country was enormous. And entirely understandable: as the Queen of the Night, Sutherland's charisma is palpable. Her voice -- clear, agile, powerful, and supernaturally brilliant -- is made for the part, and she sings with fluency that makes you forget all about technique and concentrate on the incandescent beauty of her voice. Although Klemperer remains a tower of strength and the rest of the cast remains variable -- Hans Hotter is magnificent as the Speaker and Joan Carlyle's Pamina is attractive enough -- Sutherland's Queen of the Night all by itself made the evening truly memorable."
- James Leonard, AllMusic
MOZART Die Zauberflöte
*MOZART Symphony No. 41 'Jupiter'
Joan Sutherland, Hans Hotter, Richard Lewis, Geraint Evans, Joan Carlyle
Soloists, Choir and Orchestra of Covent Garden
Otto Klemperer, conductor
Recorded 1962 & 1954 PACO115 (3hr 15:21)
The 1950s Vox Horenstein Bruckner 8 and 9, 32-bit XR-remastered in sound quality never previously experienced in these classic recordings.
"This is the sort of production that puts music-lovers in great debt to the gramophone: fine music rarely heard in this country, a deeply convincing performance, and a recording that is a complete success.
With a performance such as this, spacious and beautifully judged as it is, there is little need for hesitancy. Whatever one gets out of it at a first hearing, I think it would be impossible to reach the end of this record without the feeling that one had been through something in the way of a deep and great experience. I cannot over-praise Horenstein's handling of this score and the orchestra gives us lovely playing throughout. Finally, as I have said, Vox have produced a really fine recording with a rich quality of sound that is just what Bruckner’s music wants—above all, fine string tone and with plenty of double-bass to give the whole sound solidity. This is a record not to miss."
- The Gramophone, 1955
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 8
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Jascha Horenstein, conductor
Recorded 1953 & 1955
PASC429 (2hr 9:43)
Finally receiving its first modern transfer and remastering, Suzanne Danco's rare 1949 Decca recording of Dichterliebe made a brief appearance on 78s and then a an early 10" LP but hasn't been seen since, and has been passed over by other record companies who've been busy reissuing this wonderful Belgian soprano's recordings. Here it's partnered with her only other Schumann recording, made also with favoured accompanist Guido Agosti ("there can be no higher praise ... his performance is a delight throughout"), the 1952 Liederkreis, Op. 39, of which The Gramophone wrote: "Suzanne Danco's musicianly phrasing and pure tone are as pleasing as ever".
"Suzanne Danco, like Lotte Lehmann, is far too good a singer and musician to fail in her task [as a woman rather than a man singing Dichterliebe], and I doubt if even, in the Askel Schiotz-Gerald Moore recording which I reviewed in April, 1946, that the balance was as good as it is here... Miss Danco’s Die Rose, die Lilie is done with greater lightness of tone. Her tone is by nature bright and cool, her legato singing very fine, and she does bring tenderness into the tenth and twelfth songs, which are quite lovely."
-A. R. The Gramophone on Dichterliebe (1950)
Suzanne Danco, soprano
Guido Agosti, piano
Recorded 1949 & 1952
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