Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Double Album)

Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta

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This Double Album from Fone features Zubin Mehta conducting the Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in a performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s Luci di Lammermoor.  It features over 2 hours of musical performances in Stereo DSD.

With Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti made his breakthrough in the genre of tragic melodrama in 1835. Until then he had been more successful with comical bel canto operas in the tradition of Rossini.

The plot of Lucia is based on the then highly successful novel The Bride of Lammermoor by the Scottish writer Walter Scott. Lucia and Edgar, the young descendants of two warring Scottish noble families, are secretly in love and have sworn eternal loyalty. But Lucia’s brother forces his sister to marry someone else for political reasons during Edgar’s absence.

He can only get Lucia this far with a forged letter. Edgar does not know the background and accuses Lucia of treason. She stabs her groom to death on her wedding night, goes mad and dies shortly afterwards. The inconsolable Edgar follows her to death.

The gruesome material is very typical for the time it was made – the romantic age. Lucia was and is one of the prime roles of great sopranos such as Maria Callas or Joan Sutherland, who have helped the character to deepen and gain acceptance through singing and performing arts.

Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Zubin Mehta, Music Director

Tracklist

1.
Percorrete le spiagge vicine
04:40
2.
Tu sei turbato. E n'ho ben donde
02:40
3.
Cruda funesta smania - Il tuo dubbio e ormai certezza
06:53
4.
Ancor non giunse
04:05
5.
Regnava nel silenzio
09:14
6.
Egli s'avanza
02:31
7.
Sulla tomba che rinserra
10:44
8.
Lucia fra poco a te verra
02:55
9.
Appressati, Lucia
01:05
10.
Il pallor, funesto, orrendo
11:35
11.
Ebben - Di tua speranza
01:56
12.
Deh. T'arrendi, o piu sciagure
04:34
13.
Per te d'immenso giubilo
01:25
14.
Per poco fra le tenebre
02:07
15.
Dov'e Lucia -Qui giungere or la vedrem
03:59
16.
Chi mi frena in tal momento -Chi rattiene il mio furore
03:59
17.
T'allontana, sciagurato
05:38
18.
Orrida e questa notte
02:04
19.
Ashton -Si-Qui del padre ancor respira
06:11
20.
Di vivo giubilo
01:39
21.
Cessi..ah, cessi quel contento
05:27
22.
O giusto cielo
06:45
23.
Ardon gli incensi..
06:38
24.
S'avanza Enrico
02:43
25.
Spargi d'amaro pianto
04:56
26.
Si tragga altrove
01:38
27.
Tombe degli avi miei
03:44
28.
Fra poco a me ricovero
08:24
29.
Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali
05:39

Total time: 02:15:48

Additional information

Label

SKU

SACD026

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Composers

Genres

Analog Tape Recorder

Nagra

Microphones

Neumann U47 and U49 Tube Microphones

Musical Assistant

Arnold Bosman

Original Recording Format

Producer

Giulio Cesare Ricci

Production Assistant

Paola Maria Ricci

Recording Engineer

Giulio Cesare Ricci

Recording Location

Recorded Live at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze in Florence in May and June 1996

Release Date May 6, 2021

1 review for Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Double Album)

    I’ve been frustrated for years with less than satisfying opera recordings. But I love this recording.

    Fone has done a great job. I find the performance superb!

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