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Rossini: Il Turco In Italia / Gavazzeni, Callas, Gedda, Et Al


Release Date: 08/29/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 58662   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Maria CallasNicola Rossi-LemeniNicolai GeddaMariano Stabile,   ... 
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fiorilla was one of two comic roles in Maria Callas' repertoire, the other being Rossini's Rosina. Il Turco is a strange work, witty and wry rather than zany, and very literary. Most of the score's highlights are ensembles, and you might imagine that Callas could overpower her co-stars in such a situation. But the opposite is true despite her unique timbre that always shines through. She's in great voice in this 1954 recording, absolutely secure throughout her range, and her impeccable rhythmic sense makes her work in the tricky, sometimes off-the-beat ensembles ideal. She turns out to be a team player par excellence. The role is of a headstrong, sassy woman who loves the attention men give her, and she loves playing one off against the Read more other. Callas uses a girlish tone when being seductive but puts some iron into it when she has to make a point. Bass Nicola Rossi-Lemeni plays the Turk Callas plays games with, and he's as expressive and fluid as she is. The rest of the cast is equally good. There have been better (and more complete) recordings since, but Callas is in a class by herself, and this is utterly charming.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

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Il turco in Italia by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Bass), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor),
Mariano Stabile (Baritone), Jolanda Gardino (Soprano), Franco Calabrese (Bass),
Piero de Palma (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Venue:  La Scala Theater, Milan, Italy 
Length: 112 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Sinfonia
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Nostra patria e il mondo intero
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Ho da fare un dramma buffo
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Ah! se di questi Zingari l'arrivo
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Vado in traccia di una Zingara
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Chi vuo farsi astrologar?
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Ah, mia moglie, san chi sono
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Non si da follia maggiore
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Voga, voga, a terra, a terra
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Bella Italia, alfin ti miro
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Serva...Servo
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Amici...soccorretemi
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Un marito-scimunito!
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Ola: tosto il caffe. Sedete
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Siete Turchi, non vi credo
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Io stupisco, mi sorprende
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Come! si grave scorno soffrir potete in pace?
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Un vecchio far non puo maggior follia
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Per piacere alla signora
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: No, mia vita, mio tesoro
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Gran meraviglie
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Per la fuga e tutto lesto
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Perche mai se son tradito
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Evviva d'amore il foco vitale
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Chi servir non brama Amor s'allontani
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Qui mia moglie ha da venire
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Ah! che il cor non n'ingannava
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Vada via, si guardi bene di cercar l'amante mio
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: A proposito, amico
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: D'un bell'uso di Turchia
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Se Fiorilla di vender bramate
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Non v'e piacer perfetto se no! procura amor
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Che Turca impertinente!
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Credete alle femmine che dicon d'amarvi!
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: In Italia certamente non si fa l'amor cosi
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Fermate...Cosa c'e?
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: E Selim non si vede!
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Oh! guardate che accidente!
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Dunque seguitemi
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Questo vecchio maledetto
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Si, mi e forza partir
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Son la vite sul campo appassita
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Rida a voi sereno il cielo
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Restate contenti

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Classic, Historic Recording September 7, 2013 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "According to the CD notes, this Rossini opera has not been consistently performed over the years, and in fact underwent a rebirth (or resurrection) in the early 1950's shortly before this 1954 recording was made. Featuring the legendary Maria Callas and a cast of superb singers from the 1950's, the performance sizzles with exuberant arias, duets, trios, recitatives, choruses, etc., as to be expected from the pen of Rossini. The CD notes provide a valuable track by track story synopsis, which is a big help in digesting Rossini's madcap tale, since there is no Italian (or English)libretto included. Therefore, anyone willing to follow the synopsis while listening to the CD will surely have a solid, aesthetically rewarding listening adventure, as this is truly vintage Italian opera of a very high order. Concerning the sonic quality of this 60 year old recording, do not be overly concerned about this. The recording is mono and uses 1950's recording technology, but EMI's remastering has effectively recovered much of the original lustre of the performance. 'Listenability' is thus no real issue here. The only real disappointment I experienced was discovering that several major cuts were made to Rossini's score in this recording (Act 2 is only 35 minutes long, for example). The CD notes explain this situation as best they can and fill in the deleted sections in the synopsis. Despite this shortcoming, this recording is a magical historical statement, and I can and do recommend it." Report Abuse
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