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Maria Callas - The 1958 Los Angeles Concert


Release Date: 12/28/1999 
Label:  Vai Audio   Catalog #: 1182   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gasparo SpontiniGiuseppe VerdiArrigo BoitoGiacomo Puccini,   ... 
Performer:  Maria Callas
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 0 Hours 44 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recently released recording is of Maria Callas' 1958 concert in Los Angeles, from her first U.S. tour. Despite the technical limitations of live recordings of the day (and this one is very limited, having been made on a portable recorder from the audience), this one is sure to impress. It is amazing how the sheer power of Callas' voice carries, without amplification, over the orchestra. She never overpowers. Rather, she is always expressive and musical.
The beauty of her performance and the depth of her range saves LOS ANGELES CONCERT from being of merely archival interest. She moves with grace from a heady excerpt from Verdi's 'Macbeth' to the lighter fare of Rossini. The unaccompanied passages in "Una voce poco fa," from 'The
Read more Barber of Seville' are worth the purchase alone. This CD shows Callas at the height of her ability. The somewhat low-fi recording doesn't detract from this in the least. In fact, it will only make you wish you could have been at the performance. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La Vestale: Tu che invoco con orrore by Gasparo Spontini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1807; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 11/29/1958 
Venue:  Live  Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA 
Length: 10 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Macbeth: Vieni, t'affretta! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/29/1958 
Venue:  Live  Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Nel dì della vittoria..." 
3.
Mefistofele: L'altra notte in fondo al mare by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/29/1958 
Venue:  Live  Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA 
Length: 7 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/29/1958 
Venue:  Live  Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Hamlet: A vos jeux "Mad Scene" by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
Date of Recording: 11/29/1958 
Venue:  Live  Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA 
Length: 10 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: French 
6.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa...Io sono dolcile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Date of Recording: 11/29/1958 
Venue:  Live  Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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