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Maria Callas At Juilliard - The Masterclasses


Release Date: 09/19/1995 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 65802   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenLuigi CherubiniVincenzo Bellini,   ... 
Performer:  Maria CallasEugene KohnPamela HebertSung Kil Kim,   ... 
Conductor:  Nicola RescignoTullio SerafinGeorges PrêtreHerbert von Karajan,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire ParisMilan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 25 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Throughout, Callas keeps her sights selflessly on the material at hand, leaving us with this lasting message: the singer's calling is embodied in the performer's honesty, integrity, devotion to standards, and service to the art.

Recently I read that Maria Callas is the second-best-selling artist in EMI's catalog (after Itzhak Perlman, with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in third place). Certainly the company has had no qualms about reissuing its Callas material in a bewildering variety of recombinations, so the recent spate of repackagings is in no way surprising, especially considering the Broadway success of Terrence McNally's new play, Master Class, and the holiday gift-giving season with which the present releases coincided.
Read more EMI issued the three-disc Callas at Juilliard originally in 1987, at full price; it was remaindered a year or so after that, and then disappeared. The present release is virtually identical to the original, but for its new catalog number and English-only annotations (which make for a smaller booklet). The presentation is straightforward. Each master class excerpt—drawn from tapes of the soprano's classes at Miliard in the fall of 1971 and winter of 1972—is followed by Callas's own recording of the music under discussion, except in those instances—Leonore's “Abscheulicher!,“ Rigoletto's “Cortigiani,“ and Eboli's Veil Song—where no such recording exists. The set begins with Callas's 1953 test recording for EMI of “Non mi dir“ and ends with Callas's closing remarks to her students. Throughout the master class excerpts, the soprano keeps her sights selflessly on the material at hand: the music on the page, enunciation of and fidelity to the text, a variety of interpretive issues, aspects of musical/historical style, and, ultimately—and here's the lasting message—the singer's calling, as embodied in the performer's honesty, integrity, devotion to standards, and service to the art. Even in the case of music she'd obviously never have performed herself—Rigoletto's “Cortigiani“—Callas's ideas and instructions are clear and precise. Throughout the classes she does a certain amount of singing herself, by way of demonstration, encouragement, and support—much of it riveting, even given the deteriorated condition of her voice at that time. (The set is worth having just for what we get of her Rigoletto.)

As to the students, one can only admire Pamela Hebert's courage in bringing “Casta diva“ to this particular teacher at all. (She and mezzo-soprano Sheila Nadler, who works on Eboli's Veil Song, are the only two among the students whose names I recognize.) Space precludes my saying more about this set, so I'll finish by expressing the hope that more from the forty-odd hours of material taped at these classes might be made available in future. The booklet includes an introductory essay by Jon Ardoin (“Learning from Callas“), brief introductions placing each musical number in the context of Callas' career, and texts and translations.

I can't say whether EMI reissued Callas atJuilliard with Terrence McNally's Master Class in mind, but there's no doubt whatsoever about the disc bearing that title, which also has Zoe Caldwell's profile on the cover with Callas as a shadow figure in the background. (Even then, just to be sure, the words “inspired by the Broadway play“ appear under the title.) Put simply, this is a selling-piece for the theater-lobby crowd. It's shabbily presented, and full-price besides! The notes excerpt McNally's gushy preface to Ardoin's The Callas Legacy (followed by a phone number for those wanting to order the book); beyond that, there are no texts at all, just a listing of EMI's Callas discography. Two of the selections—“Ah, non credea“ and “Vieni! t'affretta“—represent music used in McNally's play. But anyone really interested in the classes—and in sorting out fact from stage fiction—will be much better off with the three-disc Callas at Juilliard.

-- Marc Mandel, FANFARE [3/1996]


This set includes excerpts of master classes by Maria Callas at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. It also includes a track (1 minute, 47 seconds) titled "Callas' Farewell to the Students" recorded in March, 1972.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Crudele?...Non mi dir, bell' idol mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 12/1963 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is sung in Italian with spoken voice in English.
This selection is part of a master class. It is not performed continuously, being interrupted during Maria Callas's lecture. 
2.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Abscheulicher!...Komm, Hoffnung by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano), Maria Callas (Spoken Vocals), Eugene Kohn (Piano),
Pamela Hebert (Soprano)
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Venue:  Live  Juilliard School, New York City 
Length: 17 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Italian with spoken voice in English.
This selection is part of a master class. It is not performed
continuously, being interrupted during Maria Callas's lecture. 
3.
Medea: Dei tuoi figli la madre by Luigi Cherubini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1955 
Venue:  Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 
4.
Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1954 
Venue:  Ciinema Metropol, Milan, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 
5.
Rigoletto: Povero Rigoletto...Cortigiani, vil razza dannata! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Eugene Kohn (Piano), Sung Kil Kim (Soprano), Maria Callas (Spoken Vocals),
Maria Callas (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Venue:  Live  Juilliard School, New York City 
Length: 13 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Italian with spoken voice in English.
This selection is part of a master class. It is not performed
continuously, being interrupted during Maria Callas's lecture. 
6.
Don Carlos: Nel giardin del bello "Veil Song" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano), Sheila Nadler (Soprano), Eugene Kohn (Piano),
Maria Callas (Spoken Vocals)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Venue:  Live  Juilliard School, New York City 
Length: 14 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Italian with spoken voice in English.
This selection is part of a master class. It is not performed
continuously, being interrupted during Maria Callas's lecture. 
7.
Werther: Werther! Qui m'aurait dit...Des cris joyeux "Letter scene" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1963 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is sung in Italian with spoken voice in English.
This selection is part of a master class. It is not performed
continuously, being interrupted during Maria Callas's lecture. 
8.
La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1954 
Venue:  Town Hall, Watford, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 
9.
Madama Butterfly: Che tua madre dovrà prenderti in braccio by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1955 
Venue:  Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a monaural recording. 
10.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa...Io sono dolcile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alceo Galliera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Date of Recording: 02/1957 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is sung in Italian with spoken voice in English.
This selection is part of a master class. It is not performed
continuously, being interrupted during Maria Callas's lecture. 

Sound Samples

Don Giovanni (1987 Digital Remaster), Scena quarta: Non mi dir, bell'idol mio (Donna Anna)
Don Giovanni K527 (1987 Digital Remaster): Non mi dir: master class
Don Giovanni K527 (1987 Digital Remaster): Crudele?...Non mir dir
Fidelio (1987 Digital Remaster): Abscheulicher (Act2): master class
Medea (1987 Digital Remaster): Dei tuoi figli (Act 1): master class
Medea (1987 Digital Remaster): Dei tuoi figla la madre
Norma (1987 Digital Remaster): Casta diva (Act 1): master class
Norma (1987 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Casta diva (Norma/Coro)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (1987 Digital Remaster): Una voce poco fa (Act 1): master class
II Barbiere di Siviglia (1987 Digital Remaster): Una voce poco fa
Rigoletto (1987 Digital Remaster): Cortigiani, vil razza dannata: Master class
Don Carlo (1987 Digital Remaster): Nel giardin del bello: master class

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