OP0564. LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, recorded 1939, w.Tansini Cond. Italian Broadcasting Ensemble; Lina Pagliughi, Giovanni Malipiero, Giuseppe Manacchini, Luigi Neroni, etc.; LINA PAGLIUGHI: Arias from I Puritani, La Sonnambula, Guillaume Tell, La Fille du Régiment, Semiramide, Falstaff, Rigoletto & Il Re. (E.U.) 2-Naxos 8.110150/51. Transfers by Ward Marston. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 636943115022
“For those of you raised on the Sutherland or Callas Lucia standard of performance, might find this performance both surprising and refreshing. Lina Pagliughi, our Lucia here, has a light, limpid and beautiful soprano. Although her most important work was in the period between the Wars, compared with Dame Joan's high-octane pipes, sounds like those produced by Pagliughi could be from the composer's epoch rather than ours. The style is also quite different from the high emotive passion of the several Lucia versions by Maria Callas. Pagliughi, in addition to brilliantly meeting the demands of the coloratura passages, also valued the virtues of grace, elegance and careful delivery.
Tenor Giovanni Malipiero, the Edgardo, also exhibits qualities of clarity, balance and refined vocal talent. Principally known for his Italian repertory, he was widely popular in his native land and sang in the opening concert at La Scala with Toscanini in 1946. Giuseppe Manacchini, the Enrico, and Luciano Neroni, the Raimondo, also contributed solid performances. There was also clear conducting by Ugo Tansini and fine playing by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Italian Broadcasting Authority.
In addition to introducing many to the extraordinary talent of Lina Pagliughi, this LUCIA is an imposing and vivid performance, distinguished by the highest musical standards.”
- Frank Cadenhead, MusicWeb-International
“Pagliughi’s voice, which was especially sweet and agile, showed very little sign of deterioration during her later years. Pagliughi continued the line of distinguished Italian bel canto singers represented by Tetrazzini, Galli-Curci and dal Monte; her numerous broadcast, as well as commercial, recordings have ensured that her very considerable art can still be admired in some depth.”
- David Patmore, Naxos' A–Z of Singers