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Bellini: La Sonnambula / Bernstein, Callas, Valletti, Et Al


Release Date: 09/16/1997 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 1139   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Cesare VallettiGiuseppe ModestiPier Luigi LatinucciGiuseppe Nessi,   ... 
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set is a classic, and the only reason to steer clear of it is the uniformly poor sound. Maria Callas and Leonard Bernstein rarely performed together and it's a pity--they both had strong musical personalities and when they came together in agreement, as they did here, the result was dynamite. Callas plays Amina as a sweet girl who very much loves and wants her tenor boyfriend, Elvino. When he wrongly denounces her, she is crushed. All of the life leaves her voice and personality and when, at last, she is vindicated, she returns triumphantly and lustily for a spectacular final scene. And she's in spectacular voice throughout. No less fine is the under-recorded and under-rated Cesare Valletti, who focuses his basically light voice like a Read more laser, brilliantly articulating the notes and text. The rest of the cast is good, and although Bernstein takes the usual cuts, the performance as a whole is riveting. This is a must-own recording, despite its terrible sonics.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

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La sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Giuseppe Modesti (Baritone), Pier Luigi Latinucci (Bass),
Giuseppe Nessi (Tenor), Eugenia Ratti (Soprano), Maria Callas (Soprano),
Gabriella Carturan (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/05/1955 
Venue:  Live  Milan, Italy 
Length: 140 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

La sonnambula: Act I, "Viva Amina!" (Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Tutto è gioia, tutto è festa..." (Lisa, Alessio, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "In elvezia non v'ha rosa" (Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Care compagne, e voi" (Amina, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Come per me sereno" (Amina, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Sovra il sen la man mi posa" (Amina, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Io più di tutti, o Amina" (Alessio, Amina, Lisa, Teresa, Notaio, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Perdona, o mia diletta" (Elvino, Amina, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Prendi: l'anel ti dono" (Elvino, Amina, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Come nel vostro cor" (Amino, Elvino, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Domani, appena aggiorni" (Elvino, Amina, Rodolfo, Lisa, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni" (Rodolfo, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Ma fra voi, ...tu non sai" (Rodolfo, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Contezza del paese" (Lisa, Rodolfo, Teresa, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "A fosco vielo, a notte bruna" (Rodolfo, Amina, Teresa, Elvino, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Basta così" (Rodolfo, Teresa, Elvino, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Elvino! e me tu lasci" (Amina, Elvino)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Son geloso del zefiro errante" (Elvino, Amina)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Davver, non mi dispiace" (Rodolfo, Lisa)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Che veggio? saria forse" (Rodolfo, Amina, Lisa)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Oh ciel!...Che tento?" (Rodolfo, Amina)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Osservate: L'uscio è aperto" (Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "È menzogna!" (Elvina, Amina, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "D'un pensiero e d'un accento" (Amina, Elvino, Teresa, Alessio, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act I, "Non più nozze; al nuovo amante" (Elvino, Amina, Lisa, Alessio, Teresa, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act II, "Qui la selva è più folta ed ombrosa" (Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act II, "Reggimi, o buona madre" (Amina, Teresa)
La sonnambula: Act II, "Vedi, o madre...è afflitto e mesto..." (Amina, Elvino)
La sonnambula: Act II, "Viva il conte!" (Elvino, Amina, Teresa, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act II, "Ah! perchè non posso odiarti" (Elvino, Amina, Teresa)
La sonnambula: Act II, "Lasciami: Aver compreso" (Lisa, Alessio, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act II, "De' lieti auguri a voi son grata" (Lisa, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act II, "E fia pur vero, Elvino" (Lisa, Elvino, Rodolfo, Alessio, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act II, "Signor conte, agli occhi miei" (Elvino, Rodolfo, Lisa, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act II, "Piano, amici: Non gridate" (Teresa, Lisa, Elvino, Rodolfo, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act II, "Lisa! mendace anch'essa!" (Elvino, Lisa, Teresa, Rodolfo)
La sonnambula: Act II, "Signor? ...che creder deggio?" (Elvino, Rodolfo, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act II, "Oh! se una volta sola" (Amina, Rodolfo, Teresa, Elvino)
La sonnambula: Act II, "Ah, non credea mirarti" (Amina, Elvino, Rodolfo)
La sonnambula: Act II, "No, più non reggo" (Elvino, Amina, Rodolfo, Chorus)
La sonnambula: Act II, "Ah! non giunge" (Amina, Chorus)

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