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Callas Edition - Bellini: La Sonnambula / Votto, Monti, Etc

Release Date: 08/19/1997 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56278   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Nicola MontiNicola ZaccariaEugenia RattiFiorenza Cossotto,   ... 
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"[T]he Callas version was recorded in mono in 1957, yet it gives a vivid picture of the diva at the peak of her powers. Nicola Monti blends well with Callas in the dueets; and Fiorenza Cossotto is a good Teresa."
-- Penguin Guide [2003/4 Edition]

"Callas's Amina was revolutionary. Prior to her assumption of this role, it was presented as a monochromatic exercise in producing pretty sounds and demonstrating vocal agility. Callas seems to have been the first to discern the human being under Amina's notes–at least the first in the time since recordings have been made–and she colors the score with an astonishing palette. Amina's frailty, fears, tenderness, and ultimate joy are all made real; she is a genuine
Read more person with a face we can see even in an audio recording."

-- Henry Fogel, Fanfare
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Works on This Recording

La sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Nicola Monti (Tenor), Nicola Zaccaria (Bass), Eugenia Ratti (Soprano),
Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Giuseppe Morresi (Bass), Franco Ricciardi (Tenor),
Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1957 
Venue:  Santa Eufemia Basilica, Milan, Italy 
Length: 120 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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