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Bellini: Norma / Serafin, Callas, Fillipeschi, Stignani


Release Date: 10/07/2003 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 62642   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Maria CallasMario FilippeschiEbe StignaniNicola Rossi-Lemeni,   ... 
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 40 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded April 23 - May 3, 1954.
Had Maria Callas lived in any other century, her voice, her demeanor, and her star quality would still be the stuff of legend. Luckily, we have more than folklore--we have these digitally remastered performances released on EMI Classics.
The title role in Vincenzo Bellini's 'Norma' requires extraordinary talents of a dramatic soprano. In 1954, Callas's voice was at its peak. Although critics considered her dramatic skills improved in 1960 when a second recording was made, it is this performance that shows her in her true glory.
The story of 'Norma' may have been lost if not for great sopranos like Callas. Talent rescued the opera from anonymity after an unspectacular premiere in 1831. In Callas's
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Works on This Recording

1.
Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano), Mario Filippeschi (Tenor), Ebe Stignani (Mezzo Soprano),
Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Bass), Paolo Caroli (Tenor), Rina Cavallari (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Norma (2003 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia (Orchestra)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Introduzione (Orchestra) ... Ite sul colle (Oroveso/Coro)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Dell aura tua profetica (Oroveso/Coro)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Svanir le voci! (Pollione/Flavio)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Meco all'altar di Venere (Pollione)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Odi?... I suoi riti a compiere (Flavio/Coro/Pollione)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Me protegge, me difende un poter maggior di loro (Pollione)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Allegro assai...(Orchestra)...Norma viene (Coro)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Sediziose voci (Norma/Oroveso/Coro)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Casta diva (Norma/Coro)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Fine al rito e il sacro bosco (Norma/Oroveso/Coro)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Ah! bello a me ritorna (Norma/Oroveso/Coro)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Andante....(Orchestra)...Sgombra è la sacra selva (Adalgisa)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Deh! proteggimi, o Dio! (Adalgisa)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Eccola! Va, mi lascia ragion non odo (Pollione/Adalgisa)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Va, crudele, al Dio spietato (Pollione/Adalgisa)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Vieni in Roma (Pollione/Adalgisa)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Allegro agitato (Orchestra)...Vanne, e li cela entrambi (Norma/Clotilde)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Adalgisa!...Alma costanza (Norma/Adalgisa)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Oh! rimembranza! (Norma/Adalgisa)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Ah! si! fa core e abbracciami (Norma/Adalgisa)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Ma di'...l'amato giovane? (Norma/Adalgisa/Pollione)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Oh! di qual sei tu vittima (Norma/Adalgisa/Pollione)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Perfido!...Or basti (Norma/Adalgisa/Pollione)
Norma (2003 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Vanne, sì: mi lascia, indegno (Norma/Adalgisa/Pollione/Coro)

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