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Maria Callas - The Legend


Release Date: 10/24/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57057   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Vincenzo BelliniAlfredo CatalaniUmberto GiordanoGiacomo Puccini,   ... 
Performer:  Maria CallasNicolai GeddaJane BerbiéNadine Sautereau,   ... 
Conductor:  Tullio SerafinVictor De SabataFranco GhioneGeorges Prêtre,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala ChorusPhilharmonia Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you're like me, it's always been Callas über Alles; however, many other people still need proof. This CD should do it. Even with her well-known vocal blemishes--a distinct wobble in the 1961 "Casta diva", badly knit registers in the Carmen excerpts from 1964--you know you're in the face of greatness when Callas sings. There's never anything haphazardly phrased or carelessly thought through; a keen mind is wedded here to a musicality that from the moment it begins instinctively knows where a vocal line--or an emotive line--is going.


Most of this generous (74 minutes) CD is culled from recordings from the mid-1950s--the Gianni Schicchi aria a delicious miniature, the Wally aria a portrait of despair,
Read more Butterfly's "Un bel di" sung like a hopeful teenager, Mimi's two arias the soul of sincerity, "La mamma morta" a mini-opera in itself. The bel canto selections--the last moments of Lucia's mad scene, Rosina's "Una voce poco fa"--are impressive as such, and Callas sings Violetta's music (taken from the so-called "Lisbon" Traviata) with unmatchable pathos. The two French mezzo scenes--from Gluck's Orfeo and Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalia--recorded later in her career, show a downward shift in the voice's center, but become her just as winningly as the higher-flying scenes do. And the Tosca aria is definitive. A special artist, a special recital.
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
2.
La Wally: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana by Alfredo Catalani
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
3.
Andrea Chénier: La mamma morta by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
4.
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
5.
Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Victor De Sabata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
6.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
7.
La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
8.
La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
9.
La traviata: Addio del passato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Franco Ghione
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lisbon San Carlos National Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
10.
La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Franco Ghione
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lisbon San Carlos National Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
11.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farò senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
12.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
13.
Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  René Duclos Chorus,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris
Written: 1873-1874 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
14.
Carmen: Près des ramparts de Seville "Seguidilla" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  René Duclos Chorus,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
15.
Carmen: Les tringles des sistres tintaient "Gypsy Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Jane Berbié (Mezzo Soprano), Maria Callas (Soprano), Nadine Sautereau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  René Duclos Chorus,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
16.
Lucia di Lammermoor: Spargi d'amaro pianto "Mad Scene" by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Raphäel Arié (Bass), Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
17.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa...Io sono dolcile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alceo Galliera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 

Sound Samples

Norma (1997 Digital Remaster): Casta Diva
La Wally (1997 Digital Remaster): Ebben?...Ne andrò lontana
Gianni Schicchi (1997 Digital Remaster): O mio babbino caro
Andrea Chenier (1997 Digital Remaster): La mamma morta
Tosca (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2: Vissi d'arte
Madama Butterfly Lib. Giacosa and Illica (1997 Digital Remaster): Un bel dì vedremo
La Bohème (1997 Digital Remaster): Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì
La Bohème (1997 Digital Remaster): Donde lieta uscì (Mimì's Farewell)
La Traviata (1997 Digital Remaster): Ah, fors'è lui
La Traviata (1997 Digital Remaster): Addio del passato
Orphée et Eurydice (1997 Digital Remaster): J'ai perdu mon Eurydice
Samson et Dalila (1997 Digital Remaster): Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix.
Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)
Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster): Près des remparts de Séville (Séguidilla)
Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2: Chanson bohème: les tringles des sistres tintaient
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1997 Digital Remaster): Una voce poco fa
Lucia di Lammermoor (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO TERZO, Scena prima: Spargi d'amaro pianto (Lucia/Raimondo/Coro/Enrico)

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