Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

COMPOSERS: Donizetti
LABELS: Philips Duo
WORKS: Lucia di Lammermoor
PERFORMER: Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Claes H Ahnsjö, Vicente Sardinero; Ambrosian Opera Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra/Jesús López-Cobos
CATALOGUE NO: 446 551-2 ADD Reissue
What distinguishes this 1977 performance from many rival recordings is that its conductor was concerned to present as accurate an account of Donizetti’s score as possible. Montserrat Caballé, an intensely moving Lucia, experiences no difficulties with the higher original keys, producing a limpid tone and a pure legato line throughout. The young Carreras is a magnificent Edgardo and López-Cobos conducts authoritatively. Highly recommended. Charles Osborne