Maria Callas - Puccini Heroines and Lyric Arias

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Maria Callas - Puccini Heroines and Lyric Arias



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31st Dec 2007




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Maria Callas - Puccini Heroines and Lyric Arias


L'altra notte in fondo al mare (from Mefistofele)


Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (from La Wally)


Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Poveri fiori (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Giordano, U:

La mamma morta (from Andrea Chénier)


In quelle trine morbide (from Manon Lescaut)

Sola, perduta, abbandonata (from Manon Lescaut)

Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly)

Con onor muore (from Madama Butterfly)

Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La Bohème)

Donde lieta usci (from La Bohème)

Senza mamma, o bimbo (from Suor Angelica)

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Signore, ascolta! (from Turandot)

In questa reggia (from Turandot)

Tu che di gel sei cinta (from Turandot)



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1954 Recording. 1954 was for Callas an exceptionally busy year. As well as appearing regularly at La Scala, Milan and elsewhere in Italy, she made her American debut at the Chicago Lyric in November. Her September 1954 Watford Town Hall sessions featured on this recording were released on two albums, one devoted to Puccini arias, not without blemishes, and the second featuring a selection entitled Coloratura Lyric Arias, which remains justly famous to this day. In the two arias from Cilea’a Adriana Lecouvreur, Callus’ interpretation benefits from her remarkably expansive breath span. In Boito’s L’altra notte Callas revolutionises performance practise: she not only correctly sings all the written notes, but she understands implicitly what the dramatic situation calls for in her treatment of the cadenzas at the end of each verse. Throughout the remarkable length of her phrases, her choice of vocal colours, her command of rubato and her dynamic range reveal much more than one had thought the music contained.

Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Act II: In quelle trine morbide

Act IV: Sola, perduta, abbandonata

Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Act II: Un bel di vedremo

Act III: Con onor muore - Tu, tu piccolo iddio

Giacomo Puccini: La boheme

Act I: Si, mi chiamano Mimi

Act III: Donde lieta usci

Giacomo Puccini: Suor Angelica

Suor Angelica: Senza mamma

Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi

Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro

Giacomo Puccini: Turandot

Act I: Signore, ascolta!

Act II: In questa reggia

Act III: Tu che di gel sei cinta

Francesco Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur

Act I: Ecco: Respiro appena - Io son l'umile ancella

Act IV: Poveri fiori

Umberto Giordano: Andrea Chenier

Andrea Chenier, Act III: La mamma morta

Alfredo Catalani: La Wally

La Wally, Act I: Ebben? Ne andro lontana

Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele

Mefistofele, Act III: L'altra notte in fondo al mare

BBC Music Magazine

July 2008


“The Callas wobble appears in these 1954 recitals; in Butterfly her voice is clearly ill-suited to the role, and her Liù and Mimi are inclined to sound stagey and shrill.”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2008

“There is a wonderful responsiveness to shades of expression and shapes of phrase… Uncanny too is the change of identity as, say, Mimì follows Butterfly.”

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