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VERDI: Rigoletto (Callas, Di Stefano, Gobbi / La Scala) (1955)


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VERDI: Rigoletto (Callas, Di Stefano, Gobbi / La Scala) (1955)

Considered by many to be stylistically the most characteristic and most effective performance of Rigoletto on record, this 1955 taping remains a classic against which all newcomers are judged. Although Maria Callas undertook Gilda only twice in the opera house, and despite the wide tessitura, she accomplishes the music effortlessly, ranging from strikingly articulated coloratura to beautifully phrased and sustained legato. With Tito Gobbi and Giuseppe Di Stefano in no less superb form, closely abetted by Tullio Serafin’s incomparable pacing of the orchestra, this is a performance once heard never to be forgotten.

Disc 1

Verdi, Giuseppe
Piave, Francesco Maria, lyricist(s)

1.   Act I: Prelude 00:02:23
2.   Act I Scene 1: Della mia bella incognita borghese (Duca, Borsa) 00:01:46
3.   Act I Scene 1: Ballata: Questa o quella (Duca, Countess Ceprano, Rigoletto, Borsa, Courtiers) 00:04:19
4.   Act I Scene 1: Gran nuova! (Marullo, Borsa, Courtiers, Duca, Rigoletto, Ceprano) 00:02:32
5.   Act I Scene 1: Ch'io gli parli (Monterone, Duca, Rigoletto, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers) 00:04:26
6.   Act I Scene 2: Quel vecchio maledivami! (Rigoletto, Sparafucile) 00:04:37
7.   Act I Scene 2: Pari siamo! (Rigoletto) 00:04:01
8.   Act I Scene 2: Figlia! … Mio padre! (Rigoletto, Gilda, Giovanna, Duca) 00:06:27
9.   Act I Scene 2: Ah! Veglia, o donna (Rigoletto, Gilda) 00:05:07
10.   Act I Scene 2: Giovanna, ho dei rimorsi (Gilda, Giovanna, Duca) 00:03:10
11.   Act I Scene 2: E il sol dell'anima (Duca, Gilda, Ceprano, Borsa) 00:05:07
12.   Act I Scene 2: Gualtier Malde … Caro nome (Gilda, Borsa, Ceprano, Marullo, Courtiers) 00:07:26
13.   Act I Scene 2: Riedo! perche (Rigoletto, Borsa, Ceprano, Marullo) 00:02:08
14.   Act I Scene 2: Zitti, zitti (Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers, Gilda, Rigoletto) 00:02:46

Disc 2

Verdi, Giuseppe
Piave, Francesco Maria, lyricist(s)

1.   Act II: Ella mi fu rapita! … Parmi veder (Duca) 00:05:26
2.   Act II: Duca, duca! (Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers, Duca) 00:02:25
3.   Act II: Povero Rigoletto! (Marullo, Rigoletto, Borsa, Ceprano, Courtiers, Paggio) 00:04:00
4.   Act II: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (Rigoletto) 00:04:25
5.   Act II: Mio padre! (Gilda, Rigoletto, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers) 00:01:50
6.   Act II: Tutte le feste (Gilda, Rigoletto, Usciere, Monterone) 00:07:56
7.   Act II: No, vecchio t'inganni … Si, vendetta (Rigoletto, Gilda) 00:02:22
8.   Act III: E l'ami (Rigoletto, Gilda, Duca, Sparafucile) 00:02:11
9.   Act III: La donna e mobile (Duca) 00:03:13
10.   Act III: Un di, se ben rammentomi (Duca, Gilda, Maddalena, Rigoletto) 00:01:35
11.   Act III: Bella figlia dell'amore (Duca, Maddalena, Gilda, Rigoletto) 00:04:59
12.   Act III: Venti scudi hai tu detto (Rigoletto, Sparafucile, Gilda) 00:04:01
13.   Act III: E amabile in vero (Maddalena, Sparafucile, Gilda) 00:06:02
14.   Act III: Della vendetta alfin giunge l'istante! (Rigoletto, Sparafucile, Duca) 00:04:52
15.   Act III: Chi e mai, chi e qui in sua vece (Rigoletto, Gilda) 00:03:27
16.   Act III: Lassu … in cielo, vicina alla madre (Gilda, Rigoletto) 00:03:08

Total Playing Time: 01:58:07

Verdi, Giuseppe

Piave, Francesco Maria

Serafin, Tullio

Milan La Scala Orchestra

Milan La Scala Chorus

Callas, Maria; Clabassi, Plinio; Di Stefano, Giuseppe; Dickie, William; Ercolani, Renato; Forti, Carlo; Galassi, Elvira; Gerbino, Giuse; Gobbi, Tito; Lazzarini, Adriana; Mandelli, Luisa; Tatozzi, Vittorio; Zaccaria, Nicola

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Opera Recordings

Genre: Opera

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111242-43

Barcode: 0747313324224

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Physical Release: 01/2007

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