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Callas Edition - Rossini: Il Turco In Italia / Gavazzeni


Release Date: 08/19/1997 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 56313   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Maria CallasNicola Rossi-LemeniNicolai GeddaMariano Stabile,   ... 
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 53 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

It was Maria Callas who, with Franco Zeffirelli, helped restore this sophisticated—delectable but faintly disturbing—dramma buffo to the stage of La Scala, Milan in the mid 1950s after an earlier run with Callas as Fiorilla in a production, partly sponsored by Luchino Visconti, at Rome's tiny Eliseo Theatre. "Our Turco was so refreshing, so lovely", claimed Zeffirelli. "From the beginning Maria knew it was going to be a hit." And yet he had to work hard to bring out on the stage the comedienne in Callas, that quality which was later to irradiate, on record, her Rosina and, in a more savage dimension, her Carmen.

The set contains some classic things, above all in Callas's several confrontations with her
Read more Selim, the wonderfully grave Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, and her ageing husband, Geronio, sung here with all the right hang-dog inflexions by France Calabrese. The hilarious duet with Geronio in Act I is a locus classicus of Callas's art, an extensive array of bel canto rhetoric lined up ready to be deployed with surgical precision. These fleeting appropriations of the classical tragic style are used by Rossini with an understated comic relish that Callas perfectly comprehends.

The cast Walter Legge assembled in August 1954 for the recording was more or less the cast that went into La Scala the following April. Casting the veteran Mariano Stabile as the Poet was a stroke of genius; and Legge had the additional advantage of being able to use the young Nicolai Gedda as Narciso. (Valletti sang the role in Milan.) He also, with his customary genius, managed to create a sense of genuine ensemble. Indeed, it is the special glory of this recording of!! turco in Italia that it allows us to hear Callas at her idiosyncratic best not as some dominating central presence but as part of a finely-honed team.

The engineers have worked miracles with the sound. Early LP pressings were dull and dry but the remasterings for CD have a presence and, almost, a brilliance that perfectly complement the exceptionally subtle and spirited performance. If you want Rossini's Urtext you will have to seek out the CBS recording with Caballé; but if you want two hours of the purest delight, then you need look no further than this EMI reissue.

-- Gramophone [12/1987]
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Works on This Recording

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Il turco in Italia by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Maria Callas (Soprano), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Bass), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor),
Mariano Stabile (Baritone), Franco Calabrese (Bass), Jolanda Gardino (Soprano),
Piero de Palma (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Venue:  La Scala Theater, Milan, Italy 
Length: 112 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Sinfonia
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Nostra patria e il mondo intero
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Ho da fare un dramma buffo
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Ah! se di questi Zingari l'arrivo
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Vado in traccia di una Zingara
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Chi vuo farsi astrologar?
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Ah, mia moglie, san chi sono
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Non si da follia maggiore
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Voga, voga, a terra, a terra
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Bella Italia, alfin ti miro
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Serva...Servo
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Amici...soccorretemi
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Un marito-scimunito!
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Ola: tosto il caffe. Sedete
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Siete Turchi, non vi credo
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Io stupisco, mi sorprende
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Come! si grave scorno soffrir potete in pace?
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Un vecchio far non puo maggior follia
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Per piacere alla signora
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: No, mia vita, mio tesoro
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Gran meraviglie
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Per la fuga e tutto lesto
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Perche mai se son tradito
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Evviva d'amore il foco vitale
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Chi servir non brama Amor s'allontani
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Qui mia moglie ha da venire
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Ah! che il cor non n'ingannava
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Vada via, si guardi bene di cercar l'amante mio
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: A proposito, amico
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: D'un bell'uso di Turchia
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Se Fiorilla di vender bramate
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Non v'e piacer perfetto se no! procura amor
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Che Turca impertinente!
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Credete alle femmine che dicon d'amarvi!
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: In Italia certamente non si fa l'amor cosi
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Fermate...Cosa c'e?
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: E Selim non si vede!
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Oh! guardate che accidente!
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Dunque seguitemi
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Questo vecchio maledetto
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Si, mi e forza partir
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Son la vite sul campo appassita
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Rida a voi sereno il cielo
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO SECONDO: Restate contenti

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