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Simply Callas - Ponchielli, Verdi, Wagner, Etc


Release Date: 07/24/2007 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 698772   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Richard WagnerVincenzo BelliniAmilcare PonchielliGiuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria CallasArmando BenziPiero PoldiPaolo Silveri,   ... 
Conductor:  Arturo BasileAntonino VottoGabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra TurinCoro Cetra
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 5 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Callas studio-recorded this 1952 Gioconda after a series of performances in Verona, and her contribution is thrilling from both the vocal and interpretive standpoints, as is immediately evident in act I when she pleads for, and with Laura's help wins, her mother's release. Both this set and her 1959 stereo remake for EMI remain indispensable to Callas collectors, as well as to lovers of the opera. Conventional wisdom has it that the earlier set finds her approaching the role more instinctively, the later set with greater interpretive subtlety. That the remake happened at the time of her difficult marital breakup from Meneghini and the rejuvenating liaison with Onassis has provided fodder for psychological musings on the part of Read more numerous writers. To my mind, none of that matters. If not vocally perfect in either set, Callas's Gioconda remains the prime interpretation of the role."

-- Marc Mandel, Fanfare, Reviewing La Giocanda

"with Callas we get glimpses of something magical. As ever with this singer, there is a trade-off between her artistic development and her voice; here we have her in superb voice but without all the heart-breaking depth of later recordings. But even in 1953, Callas could give many sopranos a run for their money in this role. Her shaping of phrase is truly notable and in Act 3 becomes quite moving."

-- Robert Hugill , MusicWeb International, Reviewing La Traviata
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Works on This Recording

1.
Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise "Liebestod" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Arturo Basile
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/08/1949 
2.
Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Arturo Basile
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/09/1949 
3.
I puritani: Qui la voce sua soave by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Arturo Basile
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/10/1949 
Notes: This selection begins with "O, rendetemi la speme..." 
4.
La Gioconda by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Armando Benzi (Tenor), Piero Poldi (Bass), Paolo Silveri (Baritone),
Gianni Poggi (Tenor), Maria Amadini (Mezzo Soprano), Maria Callas (Soprano),
Giulio Neri (Bass), Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Coro Cetra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 
Venue:  Auditorium, RAI, Turin, Italy 
Length: 165 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Auditorium, RAI, Turin, Italy (09/06/1952 - 09/10/1952) 
5.
La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tommaso Soley (Bass), Francesco Albanese (Tenor), Mario Zorgniotti (Baritone),
Ines Marietti (Mezzo Soprano), Ugo Savarese (Baritone), Mariano Caruso (Tenor),
Ede Marietti-Gandolfo (Mezzo Soprano), Alberto Albertini (Baritone), Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Coro Cetra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Venue:  Auditorium, RAI, Turin, Italy 
Length: 122 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Auditorium, RAI, Turin, Italy (09/15/1953 - 09/20/1953) 

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