Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is a 3 CD set with a bonus CD-Rom containing a libretto and synopsis.
"Callas, her vocal powers at their height, makes a formidable contribution to this welcome reissue of La forza del destino, dwarfing the other members of the cast. Even those who, like me, are never wholly reconciled to the vocal flaws, must sit in wonder at the sheer magic with which she phrases that curving lyrical tune we know in the Overture (one of Verdi's greatest inspirations)."
-- I.M., Gramophone [11/1978]
"The two essential reasons for owning this performance of La forza del destino – in preference to all rivals, in spite of a few small cuts – are the incomparable artistry of Maria Callas and the
incisive, completely authoritative conducting of Tullio Serafin. For one small example of Serafin’s superb direction, listen to the conclusion of the Alvaro/Carlo scene in Act 3 – marked Allegro agitato e presto. Here he achieves an electric intensity where the first violins accompany with piano triplets which really bristle. Serafin is never frenetic, yet he creates maximum drama. A further example encapsulating all his finest qualities would be the very final scene of the opera. It must be emphasised that his near-ideal conducting contributes enormously to the desirability of this set."
-- Philip Borg-Wheeler, MusicWeb International [11/2008]
Works on This Recording
La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Maria Callas (Soprano),
Richard Tucker (Tenor),
Carlo Tagliabue (Baritone),
Elena Nicolai (Mezzo Soprano),
Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Bass),
Renato Capecchi (Bass)
Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,
Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Written: 1862/1869; Italy
Venue: Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, Italy
Length: 164 Minutes 0 Secs.
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