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Cherubini: Medea

Cherubini: Medea

10 December 1953 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala


Gino Penno (Giasone), Maria Callas (Medea), Maria Luisa Nache (Glauce), Fedora Barbieri (Neris), Giuseppe Modesti (Creonte), Enrico Campi (Capitano), Angela Vercelli (Prima Ancella), Maria Amadini (Seconda Ancella)

Teatro alla Scala, Leonard Bernstein

The character of Medea became closely associated with Maria Callas. In 1969, several years after she had left the opera stage, she even played the betrayed and finally infanticidal sorceress in a film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Her second run of appearances in Cherubini’s opera was at La Scala in 1953 with Leonard Bernstein conducting. He later described her as “a power station” in the role, and soprano and conductor did indeed strike sparks off each other in the theatre: this performance is incandescent. In 1962, Medea brought Callas’s her final appearances at La Scala, the opera house that in the 1950s had become her artistic home.

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Warner Classics Maria Callas Live Remastered - 9029584460

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Verdi: Rigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto

17 June 1952 · México, Palacio de Bellas Artes


Giuseppe di Stefano (Duca di Mantova), Maria Callas (Gilda), Piero Campolonghi (Rigoletto), Ignacio Ruffino (Sparafucile), María Teresa García (Maddalena), Ana María Feuss (Giovanna), Gilberto Cerda (Monterone), Alberto Herrera (Marullo), Carlos Sagarminaga (Borsa), Francisco Alonso (Conte di Ceprano), Edna Patoni (Contessa di Ceprano)

Palacio de las Bellas Artes, Umberto Mugnai

Callas only sang Gilda in Rigoletto twice on stage, in Mexico City in 1952, and this recording was taken from the first of those performances. She brought tonal substance and deep interpretative insight to a role that had sometimes been treated by light-voiced sopranos as an opportunity for coloratura display. Gilda’s father, Rigoletto himself, is sung by Piero Campolonghi, an Italian baritone closely associated with the role, while Giuseppe di Stefano, is the dashing, but unscrupulous Duke of Mantua. He partnered Callas frequently during her career – on stage, in the recording studio and on a final concert tour of Europe, North America and Japan in 1974.

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Bellini: Il Pirata

Bellini: Il Pirata

27 January 1959 · New York, Carnegie Hall


Maria Callas (Imogene), Pier Miranda Ferraro (Gualtiero), Regina Sarfaty (Sarfaty), Costantino Ego (Ernesto), Glade Peterson (Goffredo), Chester Watson (Itulbo)

American Opera Society, Nicola Rescigno

The titular character of Bellini’s Il pirata is the tenor, Gualtiero, but it is the soprano, Imogene, who leaves the most powerful impression, thanks above all to her lengthy and dramatic closing scena. Il pirata had fallen into obscurity before it was revived for Callas at La Scala in May 1958. She went on to make a studio recording of the final scene a few months later and early in 1959 starred in this concert performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Collaborating with one of her favourite conductors, Nicola Rescigno, she electrified the audience with singing of inimitable poetry and theatrical power.

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Maria Callas – Live & Alive - Vinyl Edition

Maria Callas – Live & Alive - Vinyl Edition

The Ultimate Live Collection Remastered


Bellini:

Casta Diva (from Norma)

Sventurata, anch'io deliro (from Il Pirata)

Donizetti:

Cielo, a miei lunghi spasimi…Coppia iniqua (from Anna Bolena)

Quando rapito in estasi (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

Di quai soavi lagrime (from Poliuto)

Gluck:

O malheureuse Iphigenie! (from Iphigénie en Tauride)

sung in Italian

Puccini:

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

E non giungono (from Tosca)

Come è lunga l’attesa! (from Tosca)

In questa reggia (from Turandot)

Verdi:

È strano! è strano!...Ah! fors è lui...Sempre libera (from La Traviata)

Addio del passato (from La Traviata)

O Re, pei sacri numi (from Aida)


Maria Callas (soprano)

The passion and charisma of Maria Callas, performing live on the stages of the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls, can now be experienced as never before – thanks to new audio remastering from the best available sources. These are performances that played a crucial part in creating the legend of Callas, La Divina, and which keep her thrilling art very much alive.

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Maria Callas – Live & Alive

Maria Callas – Live & Alive

The Ultimate Live Collection Remastered


Bellini:

Casta Diva (from Norma)

Ah, non credea mirarti (from La Sonnambula)

Sorgete...Lo sognai ferito, esangue (from Il Pirata)

Sventurata, anch'io deliro (from Il Pirata)

Donizetti:

Regnava nel silenzio...Quando rapito in estasi (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce! … Spargi d'amaro pianto (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

Piangete voi? ... Al dolce guidami castel natio (from Anna Bolena)

Cielo, a miei lunghi spasimi…Coppia iniqua (from Anna Bolena)

Di quai soavi lagrime (from Poliuto)

Gluck:

O malheureuse Iphigenie! (from Iphigénie en Tauride)

sung in Italian

Puccini:

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

E non giungono (from Tosca)

Come è lunga l’attesa! (from Tosca)

In questa reggia (from Turandot)

Verdi:

Ritorna vincitor! (from Aida)

O Re, pei sacri numi (from Aida)

Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)

È strano! è strano!...Ah! fors è lui...Sempre libera (from La Traviata)

Wagner:

Ich sah das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust (from Parsifal)

sung in Italian


Maria Callas (soprano)

The passion and charisma of Maria Callas, performing live on the stages of the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls, can now be experienced as never before – thanks to new audio remastering from the best available sources. These are performances that played a crucial part in creating the legend of Callas, La Divina, and which keep her thrilling art very much alive.

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Maria Callas – Live

Maria Callas – Live

Remastered Recordings 1949–1964


 

Callas at Covent Garden (London 1962 & 1964)

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Callas in Concert (Hamburg 1959 & 1962)

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Toujours (Paris 1958)

blu-ray

Bellini:

Norma

18 November 1952 · London, Royal Opera House

Maria Callas (Norma), Ebe Stignani (Adalgisa), Mirto Picchi (Pollione), Giacomo Vaghi (Oroveso), Joan Sutherland (Clotilde), Paul Asciak (Flavio)

Palacio de las Bellas Artes, Vittorio Gui

La Sonnambula

5 March 1955 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala

Cesare Valletti (Elvino), Maria Callas (Amina), Giuseppe Modesti (Rodolfo), Gabriella Carturan (Teresa), Eugenia Ratti (Lisa), Pier Luigi Latinucci (Alessio), Giuseppe Nessi (Notaro)

Teatro alla Scala, Leonard Bernstein

Il Pirata

27 January 1959 · New York, Carnegie Hall

Maria Callas (Imogene), Pier Miranda Ferraro (Gualtiero), Regina Sarfaty (Sarfaty), Costantino Ego (Ernesto), Glade Peterson (Goffredo), Chester Watson (Itulbo)

American Opera Society, Nicola Rescigno

Cherubini:

Medea

10 December 1953 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala

Gino Penno (Giasone), Maria Callas (Medea), Maria Luisa Nache (Glauce), Fedora Barbieri (Neris), Giuseppe Modesti (Creonte), Enrico Campi (Capitano), Angela Vercelli (Prima Ancella), Maria Amadini (Seconda Ancella)

Teatro alla Scala, Leonard Bernstein

Donizetti:

Lucia di Lammermoor

29 September 1955 · Berlin, Städtische Oper

Maria Callas (Lucia), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Edgardo), Rolando Panerai (Enrico), Nicola Zaccaria (Raimondo)

Teatro alla Scala, Herbert von Karajan

Anna Bolena

14 April 1957 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala

Maria Callas (Anna Bolena), Giulietta Simionato (Giovanna), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Enrico), Gianni Raimondi (Percy), Plinio Clabassi (Rochefort), Gabriella Carturan (Smeton), Luigi Rumbo (Hervey)

Teatro alla Scala, Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Poliuto

07 December 1960 Milano, Teatro alla Scala

Franco Corelli (Poliuto), Maria Callas (Paolina), Ettore Bastianini (Severo), Nicola Zaccaria (Callistene)

Teatro alla Scala, Antonino Votto

Giordano, U:

Andrea Chénier

08 January 1955 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala

Mario del Monaco (Andrea Chénier), Aldo Protti (Carlo Gérard), Maria Amadini (La Contessa di Coigny), Silvana Zanolli (La mulatta Bersi), Maria Amadini (La Contessa di Coigny), Lucia Danieli (Madelon)

Teatro alla Scala, Antonino Votto

Gluck:

Alceste

4 April 1954 Milano, Teatro alla Scala

Maria Callas (Alceste), Renato Gavarini (Admète), Paolo Silveri (Grand Prêtre d'Apollon), Rolando Panerai (Apollon), Giuseppe Zampieri (Evandre), Nicola Zaccaria (La voix de l'Oracle), Silvio Maionica (Dieu infernal), Enrico Campi (Un Héraut)

Teatro alla Scala, Carlo Maria Giulini

Iphigénie en Tauride

Sung in Italian. 1 June 1957 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala

Maria Callas (Iphigénie), Francesco Albanese (Pylade), Anselmo Colzani (Thoas), Fiorenza Cossotto (Diane)

Teatro alla Scala, Nino Sanzogno

Puccini:

Tosca

Covent Garden, 24/01/1964

Carlo Felice Cillario, Tito Gobbi (Scarpia)

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Carlo Felice Cillario

Rossini:

Armida

26 April 1952 · Firenze, Comunale

Maria Callas (Armida), Francesco Albanese (Rinaldo), Mario Filippeschi (Gernando), Gianni Raimondi (Eustazio), Alessandro Ziliani (Goffredo), Antonio Salvarezza (Ubaldo), Mario Frosini (Idradote), Marco Stefanoni (Astarotte)

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tullio Serafin

Spontini:

La Vestale

7 December 1954 · Milano, Teatro alla Scala

Franco Corelli (Licinius), Maria Callas (Giulia), Ebe Stignani (Gran Vestale), Enzo Sordello (Cinna), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Grande Sacerdote), Vittorio Tatozzi (Un Console), Nicola Zaccaria (Aruspice)

Teatro alla Scala, Antonino Votto

Verdi:

Nabucco

20 December 1949 Napoli, Teatro San Carlo

Gino Bechi (Nabucco), Maria Callas (Abigaille), Amalia Pini (Fenena), Gino Sinimberghi (Ismaele), Iginio Riccò (Gran Sacerdote), Luciano della Pergola (Abdallo), Silvana Tenti (Anna)

Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, Vittorio Gui

I Vespri Siciliani

26 May 1951 · Firenze, Comunale

Giórgios Kokoliós-Bardi (Arrigo), Maria Callas (La Duchessa Elena), Enzo Mascherini (Guido di Montforte), Boris Christoff (Giovanni da Procida), Mario Frosini (Il Conte Vaudemont), Bruno Carmassi (Il Sire di Bethume), Mafalda Masini (Ninetta), Gino Sarri (Danieli), Aldo De Paolo (Tebaldo), Lido Pettini (Roberto), Breno Ristori (Manfredo)

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Erich Kleiber

Aida

3 July 1951 Mexico, Palacio de Bellas Artes

Maria Callas (Aida), Mario del Monaco (Radamès), Oralia Domínguez (Amneris), Giuseppe Taddei (Amonasro), Roberto Silva (Ramphis), Ignacio Ruffino (Il Re di Egitto), Rosa Rodríguez (Una Sacerdotessa), Carlos Sagarminaga (Un Messaggero)

Palacio de las Bellas Artes, Oliviero de Fabritiis

Rigoletto

17 June 1952 · México, Palacio de Bellas Artes

Giuseppe di Stefano (Duca di Mantova), Maria Callas (Gilda), Piero Campolonghi (Rigoletto), Ignacio Ruffino (Sparafucile), María Teresa García (Maddalena), Ana María Feuss (Giovanna), Gilberto Cerda (Monterone), Alberto Herrera (Marullo), Carlos Sagarminaga (Borsa), Francisco Alonso (Conte di Ceprano), Edna Patoni (Contessa di Ceprano)

Palacio de las Bellas Artes, Umberto Mugnai

Macbeth

7 December 1952 Milano, Teatro alla Scala

Enzo Mascherini (Macbeth), Maria Callas (Lady Macbeth), Italo Tajo (Banco), Gino Penno (Macduff), Luciano della Pergola (Malcolm), Angela Vercelli (Dama), Dario Caselli (Medico), Attilio Barbesi (Domestico), Mario Tommasini (Sicaro)

Teatro alla Scala, Victor de Sabata

La Traviata

27 March 1958 · Lisboa, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

Maria Callas (Violetta), Alfredo Kraus (Alfredo), Mario Sereni (Germont), Laura Zannini (Flora), Maria Cristina de Castro (Annina), Piero De Palma (Gastone), Alessandro Maddalena (Dottore Grenvil), Álvaro Malta (Barone Douphol), Vito Susca (Marchese d'Obigny)

Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, Franco Ghione

Wagner:

Parsifal

Sung in Italian. 20-21 November 1950 · Rome, Auditorium della Rai

Rolando Panerai (Amfortas), Africo Baldelli (Parsifal), Maria Callas (Kundry), Boris Christoff (Gurnemanz), Giuseppe Modesti (Klingsor), Dmitri Lopatto (Titurel)

RAI Roma, Vittorio Gui


Maria Callas (soprano)

Maria Callas Live captures the legendary soprano in action on the stages of the world’s great opera houses and concert halls. Thanks to new audio remastering from the best available sources, this 45-disc set reveals Callas’ compelling genius as a singing actress with a new truthfulness and immediacy. Containing 20 complete operas – including 12 works she never recorded in the

studio – and five complete filmed recitals on Blu-ray, Maria Callas Live is the indispensable complement to Maria Callas Remastered, Warner Classics’ landmark collection of her studio recordings.

This deluxe box set comprises 42 CDs (20 complete operas) and 3 Blu-ray (5 recitals).

12 of the operas were never recorded by Callas in the studio

Verdi: Nabucco

Verdi: I vespri siciliani

Verdi: Macbeth

Wagner: Parsifal

Donizetti: Anna Bolena

Donizetti: Poliuto

Rossini: Armida

Bellini: Il pirata

Gluck: Alceste

Gluck: Ifigenia in Tauride

Spontini: La vestale

Giordano: Andrea Chénier

The 8 other operas in the box result from performances which have made the legend of Callas on stage:

The historic performance of Verdi’s Aida (when she sang an interpolated high E flat at the end of the Triumphal Scene to ecstatic applause from the audience), La traviata (Lisbon 1958, conducted by Franco Ghione with Alfredo Kraus), her only incarnation of Rigoletto on stage, Bellini’s Norma at the height of her voice in London, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in the legendary perfomance with Karajan at Staatsoper Berlin, Cherubini’s Medea and Bellini’s La Sonnambula under Leonard Bernstein at La Scala, and the heartbreaking Puccini Tosca from Covent Garden, 1964.

Each recording in this edition has been newly remastered, using the latest audio technology, great care has been taken to assure accuracy of reproduced pitch, which has been corrected in various instances.

Some performances presented in this boxset (Nabucco, Armida, La Vestale, Alceste) were recorded under difficult technical circumstances and this remains evident in the audio quality. That being said, Warner Classics has made a conscious choice in including them, since they offer the only opportunity to hear Maria Callas in roles that she did not perform in the recording studio.

This set makes use of the best available source material, which includes tapes recently discovered by Tom Volf (director of the forthcoming film Callas in her own words) in the archives of the Italian collector, Oscar Costellacci.

As a result, Callas’s voice, as heard in the opera house and concert hall, can be experienced with unparalleled authenticity in all its stunning presence. While the imperfections inherent in vintage recordings of live productions have not disappeared, the majority of the performances in this collection can now be enjoyed in sound of unprecedented quality and fidelity.

Each of the 20 complete operas (CD) and the 3 Blu-ray recitals in the box set is presented in a digipak, and will also be available as an individual release, in physical and digital formats.


Extra postage costs:
As this set is very heavy (we estimate around 3.5kg) we unfortunately need to charge extra postage on deliveries to addresses outside of the UK.
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Warner Classics Maria Callas Live Remastered - 9029584470

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Galina Ustvolskaya: Chamber Music

Galina Ustvolskaya: Chamber Music


Ustvolskaya:

Octet for 2 oboes, 4 violins, timpani & piano

Grand Duet for Cello & Piano

Piano Sonata No. 1

Sonata for Violin & Piano


Mikhail Waiman (violin), Oleg Malov (piano), Maria Karandashova (piano), Oleg Stolpner (cello)

Shostakovich highly appreciated her music, and predicted her worldwide recognition. In his String Quartet No. 5 and in Suite on Words by Michelangelo (No. 9) he used the second theme from the finale of Trio for clarinet, violin, and piano by Ustvolskaya. He wrote in a letter to her, “it’s not you that are under my influence, but I’m under yours.”

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Northern Flowers - NFPMA99122

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A fancy: Fantasy on English Airs & Tunes

A fancy: Fantasy on English Airs & Tunes


Bertrand Cuiller (conductor, organ) & Rachel Redmond (soprano)

Le Caravansérail

In their first recording for harmonia mundi, Bertrand Cuiller and the musicians of Le Caravansérail immerse us in the dreamlike world of the London theatre of the 17th century. Incidental music, airs, dances and inventive melodies combining the English tradition and French and Italian innovations are the ingredients that make up the five imaginary tableaux of this reconstruction of the period, illuminated by the voice of the distinguished soprano, Rachel Redmond.

Bertrand Cuiller studied with Christophe Rousset and Pierre Hantaï and was a prizewinner at the Bruges International Harpsichord competition. He has played with such prestigious ensembles as Le Concert Spirituel, Stradivaria, Le Poème Harmonique and La Rêveuse and has recorded for Alpha and Mirare.

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Harmonia Mundi - HMM902296

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Boccherini: Chamber Music

Boccherini: Chamber Music


Boccherini:

Flute Quintet in C major, G443

Quintet for oboe and string quartets, Op. 55, No. 2, G432

String Trio Op. 54/2 (G114)

Flute Quintet in E flat major, Op. 21 No. 6

Serenade 'A l‘occasion du marriage de l‘Infant Dom Louis'


SCALA Köln

Luigi Boccherini’s contemporaries ranked him with Joseph Haydn, but during later times the high esteem enjoyed by his music faded – when everything of Italian origin that was not an opera was generally dismissed. The young musicians of Scala köln believe that it is high time to reopen Boccherini’s case and are now presenting the results of their new investigation: a delightful program demonstrating that Boccherini’s treasure trove holds more in store than just his famous Minuet.

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MDG Scene - MDG6030438

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Liszt: Sonata In B Minor & Schumann: Kinderszenen

Liszt: Sonata In B Minor & Schumann: Kinderszenen


Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15


Joseph-Maurice Weder (piano)

A debut could not contain two greater contrasts: Liszt’s inscrutable Sonata in B minor and Schumann’s enchanting Kinderszenen in performances by the young Swiss pianist Joseph-Maurice Weder. A bold program – since recordings of these two works are not in short supply. Weder nonetheless repeatedly discovers new things in these frequently performed works – with important support from the legendary “Manfred Bürki” Steinway concert grand piano of 1901, an instrument with a brilliant treble shining its supernatural light over the profound bass.

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Super Audio CD

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Hybrid Multi-channel

MDG - MDG9042042

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