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VERDI: Trovatore (Il) (Callas, di Stefano, Karajan) (1956)


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VERDI: Trovatore (Il) (Callas, di Stefano, Karajan) (1956)

Before Maria Callas made this August 1956 recording of Il Trovatore, at La Scala, Milan, she had been singing it often since 1950 and with notable success. Her 1953 Covent Garden performances earned golden opinions. The Times critic considered the opera should have been styled Leonora:‘[she] sang and acted everyone off the stage’… The beauty of her line, its plasticity, and its strength, and the easy richness with which she unfolds long phrases, was memorably shown in Tacea la notte’.Throughout this recording Callas’s singing of Leonora’s music is superlative. In, for example, D’amor sull’ali rosee her delivery is so musically authoritative she shapes the long phrases with subtle use of rubato and perfectly drawn portamenti, each differently weighted according to the dynamics, the interval accomplished, and the speed of the music.

Disc 1

Verdi, Giuseppe
Cammarano, Salvadore, lyricist(s)

  Il trovatore
1.   Act I Scene 1: All'erta, all'erta! (Ferrando, Retainers, Soldiers) 00:03:03
2.   Act I Scene 1: Di due figli vivea (Ferrando, Retainers, Soldiers) 00:06:18
3.   Act I Scene 1: Sull'orlo dei tetti alcun l'ha veduta! (Ferrando, Retainers, Soldiers) 00:01:20
4.   Act I Scene 2: Che più t'arresti (Inez, Leonora) 00:02:17
5.   Act I Scene 2: Tacea la notte placida (Leonora, Inez) 00:04:24
6.   Act I Scene 2: Di tale amo che dirsi (Leonora, Inez) 00:01:40
7.   Act I Scene 3: Tace la notte! (Count) 00:02:04
8.   Act I Scene 3: Deserto sulla terra (Manrico, Count, Leonora) 00:03:30
9.   Act I Scene 3: Di geloso amor sprezzato (Count, Manrico, Leonora) 00:02:35
10.   Act II Scene 1: Vedi! Le fosche notturne spoglie, "Anvil Chorus" (Gypsies) 00:03:01
11.   Act II Scene 1: Stride la vampa (Azucena, Gypsies, Manrico, an old Gypsy) 00:04:45
12.   Act II Scene 1: Soli or siamo (Manrico, Azucena) 00:01:01
13.   Act II Scene 1: Condotto ell'era in ceppi (Azucena, Manrico) 00:04:53
14.   Act II Scene 1: Non son tuo figlio (Manrico, Azucena) 00:02:29
15.   Act II Scene 1: Mal reggendo (Manrico, Azucena, Messenger) 00:04:37
16.   Act II Scene 1: Perigliarti ancor languente (Azucena, Manrico) 00:02:28
17.   Act II Scene 2: Tutto e deserto (Count, Ferrando) 00:01:35
18.   Act II Scene 2: Il balen del suo sorriso (Count) 00:03:16
19.   Act II Scene 2: Quel suono! Oh, ciel! … Per me ora fatale (Count, Ferrando, Retainers) 00:03:41
20.   Act II Scene 2: Ah! Se l'error t'ingombra (Nuns, Count, Ferrando, Retainers) 00:02:00
21.   Act II Scene 2: Perche piangete (Leonora, Inez, Count, Nuns) 00:02:18
22.   Act II Scene 2: E deggio e posso crederlo (Leonora, Manrico, Count, Inez, Nuns, Ferrando, Retainers, Ruiz, Soldiers) 00:04:48

Disc 2

Verdi, Giuseppe
Cammarano, Salvadore, lyricist(s)

  Il trovatore
1.   Act III Scene 1: Or co' dadi (Soldiers, Ferrando) 00:02:00
2.   Act III Scene 1: Squilli, echeggi la tromba guerriera (Soldiers) 00:02:29
3.   Act III Scene 1: In braccio al mio rival! (Count, Ferrando, Soldiers, Azucena) 00:02:12
4.   Act III Scene 1: Giorni poveri vivea (Azucena, Ferrando, Count, Soldiers) 00:05:13
5.   Act III Scene 2: Quale d'armi fragor poc'anzi intesi (Leonora, Manrico) 00:01:50
6.   Act III Scene 2: Ah, si, ben mio (Manrico) 00:03:07
7.   Act III Scene 2: L'onda de' suoni mistici (Manrico, Leonora, Ruiz) 00:01:23
8.   Act III Scene 2: Di quella pira (Manrico, Leonora, Ruiz, Soldiers) 00:03:23
9.   Act IV Scene 1: Siam giunti (Ruiz, Leonora) 00:03:07
10.   Act IV Scene 1: D'amor sull'ali rosee (Leonora) 00:04:09
11.   Act IV Scene 1: Miserere d'un alma gia vicina (Monks, Leonora, Manrico) 00:04:56
12.   Act IV Scene 1: Di te, di te scordarmi! … Tu vedrai che amore in terra (Leonora) 00:02:34
13.   Act IV Scene 1: Udiste (Count, Leonora) 00:01:47
14.   Act IV Scene 1: Mira, di acerbe lagrime (Leonora, Count) 00:03:35
15.   Act IV Scene 1: Vivra! Contende il giubilo (Leonora, Count) 00:02:23
16.   Act IV Scene 2: Madre, non dormi (Manrico, Azucena) 00:06:50
17.   Act IV Scene 2: Ai nostri monti (Azucena, Manrico) 00:02:06
18.   Act IV Scene 2: Che! Non m'inganno! (Manrico, Leonora, Azucena) 00:04:11
19.   Act IV Scene 2: Ti scosta (Manrico, Leonora, Count, Azucena) 00:04:47

Total Playing Time: 02:10:05

Verdi, Giuseppe

Cammarano, Salvadore

Karajan, Herbert von

Milan La Scala Orchestra

Milan La Scala Chorus

Barbieri, Fedora; Callas, Maria; Di Stefano, Giuseppe; Ercolani, Renato; Mauri, Giulio; Panerai, Rolando; Villa, Luisa; Zaccaria, Nicola

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Opera Recordings

Genre: Opera

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111280-81

Barcode: 0747313328024

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Physical Release: 01/2008

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