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Callas Edition - Bellini: La Sonnambula / Votto, Monti, Etc


Release Date: 08/19/1997 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56278   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Nicola MontiNicola ZaccariaEugenia RattiFiorenza Cossotto,   ... 
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"[T]he Callas version was recorded in mono in 1957, yet it gives a vivid picture of the diva at the peak of her powers. Nicola Monti blends well with Callas in the dueets; and Fiorenza Cossotto is a good Teresa."
-- Penguin Guide [2003/4 Edition]

"Callas's Amina was revolutionary. Prior to her assumption of this role, it was presented as a monochromatic exercise in producing pretty sounds and demonstrating vocal agility. Callas seems to have been the first to discern the human being under Amina's notes–at least the first in the time since recordings have been made–and she colors the score with an astonishing palette. Amina's frailty, fears, tenderness, and ultimate joy are all made real; she is a genuine
Read more person with a face we can see even in an audio recording."

-- Henry Fogel, Fanfare
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Works on This Recording

1. La sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Nicola Monti (Tenor), Nicola Zaccaria (Bass), Eugenia Ratti (Soprano),
Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Giuseppe Morresi (Bass), Franco Ricciardi (Tenor),
Maria Callas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1957 
Venue:  Santa Eufemia Basilica, Milan, Italy 
Length: 120 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Viva! Viva Amina!...tutto è gioia, tutto è festa (Coro/Lisa/Alessio)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: In Elvezia non v'ha rosa (Coro/Lisa/Alessio)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Care compagne (Amina/Coro)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Come per me sereno (Amina)...Sempre, o felice Amina (Tutti)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Sovra il sen la man mi posa (Alessio/Amina/Lisa/Teresa/Coro/Notaro)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Io più di tutti, o Amina (Alessio/Amina/Lisa/Teresa/Coro/Notaro)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Perdona, o mia diletta (Elvino/Amina/Tutti/Notaro)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Prendi: l'anel ti dono (Elvino)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Scritti nel ciel già sono...Ah! vorrei trovar parole (Tutti/Elvino/Amina/Lisa)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Come noioso e lungo il cammin...Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni...È gentil, leggiadra molto
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Contezza del paese (Elvino/Rodolfo/Teresa/Lisa/Coro)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: A fosco cielo, a notte bruna (Coro)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Basta così. Ciascuno si attenga (Rodolfo/Teresa/Elvino)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Elvino! E me tu lasci (Amina/Elvino)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Son geloso del zefiro errante (Amina/Elvino)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Davver, non mi dispiace (Rodolfo/Lisa)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Che veggio? (Rodolfo/Amina/Lisa)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: O ciel! che tento? (Rodolfo/Amina)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Osservate: l'uscio è aperto (Coro)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: È menzogna (Elvino/Coro/Lisa)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: D'un pensiero e d'un accento (Amina/Elvino/Coro/Alessio/Teresa)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Non più nozze (Amina/Elvino/Coro/Alessio/Teresa)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Qui la selva è più folta ed ombrosa (Coro)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Reggimi, o buona madre (Amina/Teresa)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Vedi, o madre....è afflitto e mesto (Amina/Elvino)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Viva il Conte! (Voci lontane/Elvino/Amina/Teresa/Coro)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Ah! perché non posso odiarti (Elvino/Teresa/Coro)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 2: E fia pur vero, Elvino (Lisa/Elvino/Rodolfo/Alessio/Tutti)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 2: Signor Conte, agli occhi miei (Elvino/Rodolfo/Coro/Lisa/Teresa)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 2: Signor?...che creder deggio? (Elvino/Rodolfo/Teresa/Coro)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 2: Oh! se una volta sola (Amina/Rodolfo/Teresa/Tutti)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 2: Ah! non credea mirarti (Amina/Elvino)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 2: No, più non reggo (Elvino/Amina/Rodolfo/Coro)
La Sonnambula (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 2: Ah! non giunge uman pensiero (Amina/Tutti)

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