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Notes and Editorial Reviews
...Of Il pirata...we already know Callas's way with some of the principal solos, but of course what Callas had most characteristically to offer was quite likely not to be found in those so much as in some turning-points in the drama or some apparently incidental phrase of recitative, and so it proves here.
Another of her qualities was to inspire an audience with the sense of a great occasion, and to key-up a sympathetic conductor into the production of something to match her own intensity and the public's expectations. Rescigno rises marvellously well to the occasion at the start of Il pirata. This, with its storm at sea witnessed from the shore, inevitably calls to mind the opening of Otello; but just how close Verdi came to
making direct quotation at the point where the ship is seen to strike the rocks becomes patent in this taut, hard-driven performance of Rescigno's. As for the audience, once Callas herself has arrived the excitement seems almost frenetic...
...This was the high season of Callas-mania... So this appearance with the American Opera Society in a concerto perfomance at Carnegie Hall was the Big Event... [She] achieves a kind of fitful greatness. At first it is evident, not so much in the Norma-like "Sorget", as in the anxiety expressed by the tone-colour and accentuation in "Lo sognai ferito". Then in Act 2 there is her verse in the duet with Gaultiero, an object-lesson in the delicacy and restraint beneath which the fire burns steadily...
-- Gramophone [1/1994]
Includes full libretto in Italian and English.
Works on This Recording
Il pirata by Vincenzo Bellini
Glade Peterson (Bass),
Maria Callas (Soprano),
Regina Sarfaty (Mezzo Soprano),
Costantino Ego (Bass),
Pier Miranda Ferraro (Tenor),
Chester Watson (Bass)
American Opera Society Chorus,
American Opera Society Orchestra
Written: 1827; Italy
Date of Recording: 01/27/1959
Venue: Live Carnegie Hall, New York City
Length: 116 Minutes 33 Secs.
Il pirata: Col sorriso d'innocenza by Vincenzo Bellini
Maria Callas (Soprano)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Written: 1827; Italy
Date of Recording: 07/02/1959
Venue: Live Amsterdam, Holland
Length: 17 Minutes 46 Secs.
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