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Maria Callas - Live In Paris 1963 And 1976


Release Date: 11/04/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 62685   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Jules MassenetGiuseppe VerdiGiacomo PucciniLudwig van Beethoven,   ... 
Performer:  Maria CallasJeffrey Tate
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 0 Hours 47 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Maria Callas: Live in Paris 1963 & 1976 combines one rather late Callas recital with a fragment of a very late one. Both were recorded in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the city where Callas spent her last years, but not one in which the singer appeared very frequently in concert. The recital of June 5, 1963, does not show Callas to her best advantage. There are moments where her extraordinary talent shines through, particularly in the two Massenet pieces on the program. But when she's off -- watch out. The Rossini aria from Semiramide that opens the show is particularly rough business, with Callas reaching for notes and not hitting them, swallowing lyrics, and rushing through difficult passagework. Read more It's not pretty. The second Paris appearance is taken from a poor-quality cassette tape recorded March 3, 1976. It is of Beethoven's Ah! Perfido, but consists only of two-thirds of the song. It is an oddly poignant postscript to a once-brilliant but now shattered career. At one point, Callas stops and speaks a few words, presumably to accompanist Jeffrey Tate, in the middle of the song; at other times, she simply overtakes the note and goes flat. These are not recordings that do a great deal of justice to the singer, but to those who are interested in the historical progress of Callas' career (or are just obsessed with her in general) this disc will prove a highly interesting and revelatory experience.

-- Uncle Dave Lewis, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Manon: Adieu, notre petite table by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1963 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2. Werther: Werther! Qui m'aurait dit...Des cris joyeux "Letter scene" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1963 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3. Nabucco: Ben io t'invenni...Anch' io dischiuso un giorno by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1963 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4. La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1963 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
5. Madama Butterfly: Tu, tu, piccolo iddio [Death of Butterfly] by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1963 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
6. Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1963 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
7. Ah, Perfido!, Op. 65 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jeffrey Tate (Piano), Maria Callas (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1963 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 55 Secs. 
8. Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1963 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 11 Secs. 
9. La Cenerentola: Nacqui all' affano...Non più mesta by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1963 
Venue:  Live  Théâtre Champs-Élysées, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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