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Callas Collection - Wagner: Parsifal / Gui, Christoff, Et Al

Release Date: 05/20/2000 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 1236   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Mitě Truccato PaceLina PagliughiRenata BroiloLiliana Rossi,   ... 
Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra RomeItalian Radio Chorus Rome
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 3 Hours 29 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a most unusual 'Parsifal,' a live Rome performance, abridged and sung in Italian, originally broadcast in September of 1950. As dark a horse as it may appear to be, several factors make it compelling listening. One is the leadership of Vittorio Gui, an excellent opera conductor now best remembered for several fine Mozart recordings he made for EMI. While the music does seem to have a somewhat Latinate thrust, it works on its own terms, reminding one that despite the aura of spirituality and philosophy that hangs over the proceedings, this is still drama. Then there is the matter of the singers, with the great Russian bass Boris Christoff, firm and profound as Gurnemanz and soprano Maria Callas, here in her early prime, strong, sharp Read more and electrifying, as Kundry, each adding their spectacular (though not typically "Wagnerian") gifts to the mix. It's quite a stew. Read less

Works on This Recording

Parsifal by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Mitě Truccato Pace (Mezzo Soprano), Lina Pagliughi (Soprano), Renata Broilo (Soprano),
Liliana Rossi (Mezzo Soprano), Giuseppe Modesti (Bass), Boris Christoff (Bass),
Aldo Bertocci (Tenor), Maria Callas (Soprano), Silvana Tenti (Soprano),
Rolando Panerai (Baritone), Mario Frosini (Bass), Dimitri Lopatto (Bass),
Africo Baldelli (Tenor), Anna Maria Canali (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1950 
Venue:  Live  Rome, Italy 
Length: 208 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Wagner: Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1
Wagner: Parsifal: Eh! Oh! Guardia cosi
Wagner: Parsifal: Si, qui!... Sta ben! Posiamo un po'
Wagner: Parsifal: Oh, santa lancia, prodigioso, acciar!
Wagner: Parsifal: Nel menomato tempio
Wagner: Parsifal: Dal bagno gia ritorna
Wagner: Parsifal: Il giorno ha preparato
Wagner: Parsifal: Mio figlio Amfortas, sei pronto al rito?
Wagner: Parsifal: Triste retaggio a me serbato
Wagner: Parsifal: Il mio corpo sia pan
Wagner: Parsifal: All'estrema cena in vino
Wagner: Parsifal: Che fai tu qui?
Wagner: Parsifal: E giunto il di
Wagner: Parsifal: Oh guerrieri, o guardie, prodi! Su!
Wagner: Parsifal: Qui fu il clamore: armi, fiere grida!
Wagner: Parsifal: Qui resta, Parsifal
Wagner: Parsifal: Ho visto il figlio sul materno sen
Wagner: Parsifal: Amfortas! La piaga! La piaga!
Wagner: Parsifal: Ah crudel! Gli altrui dolori atroci

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