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VERDI: Forza del destino (La) (Callas, Tucker, Serafin) (1954)


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VERDI: Forza del destino (La) (Callas, Tucker, Serafin) (1954)

Although this 1954 recording of La forza del destino is not without flaws, Callas casts her Donna Leonora in the grand manner and her breath spans are of a truly notable length. She makes us conscious of every section of Leonora's music, setting off the first scene in Act I with fitting simplicity. In the Act III duet with Padre Guardiano, Più tranquilla, Callas shows her just rendition of note values; each of them is sung as Verdi specifies, contained within a perfect legato and yet she injects the subtlest rubato so giving it life. Under Serafin's inspired direction she sings the two famous arias, Madre pietosa vergine and Pace, pace mio Dio, with appropriate grandeur, on a tragic scale, underlining Verdi's indications 'come un lamento' and 'con dolore'.

Disc 1

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

  La forza del destino
1.   Overture 00:07:29
2.   Act I: Buona notte, mia figlia (Marchese, Leonora) 00:02:27
3.   Act I: Temea restasse qui fino a domani! (Curra, Leonora) 00:01:41
4.   Act I: Me, pellegrina ed orfana (Leonora) 00:03:43
5.   Act I: M'aiuti, Signorina, piu presto andrem (Curra, Leonora, Alvaro) 00:05:35
6.   Act I: Seguirti fino agli ultimi (Leonora, Alvaro, Curra) 00:02:03
7.   Act I: Vil seduttor! Infame figlia! (Marchese, Leonora, Alvaro) 00:01:59
8.   Act II Scene 1: Hola, hola, hola! Ben giungi, o mulattier (Chorus) 00:01:23
9.   Act II Scene 1: La cena e pronta (Mayor, Carlo, Chorus, Leonora, Trabuco, Preziosilla) 00:02:07
10.   Act II Scene 1: Al suon del tamburo (Preziosilla, Chorus, Carlo) 00:02:40
11.   Act II Scene 1: Padre Eterno Signor (Chorus of Pilgrims, Chorus, Mayor, Leonora) 00:03:47
12.   Act II Scene 1: Viva la buona compagnia! (Carlo, Chorus, Trabuco, Mayor) 00:02:32
13.   Act II Scene 1: Son Pereda, son ricco d'onore (Carlo, Chorus) 00:02:30
14.   Act II Scene 1: Sta bene (Mayor, Carlo, Preziosilla, Chorus) 00:03:00
15.   Act II Scene 2: Sono giunta! Grazie, O Dio! (Leonora) 00:01:40
16.   Act II Scene 2: Madre, pietosa Vergine (Leonora) 00:05:10
17.   Act II Scene 2: Chi siete (Melitone, Leonora) 00:02:10
18.   Act II Scene 2: Chi mi cerca (Guardiano, Leonora, Melitone) 00:03:41
19.   Act II Scene 2: Guai per chi si lascia illudere (Guardiano, Leonora) 00:06:10
20.   Act II Scene 2: Sull'alba il piede all'eremo (Guardiano, Leonora) 00:02:27
21.   Act II Scene 2: Il santo nome di Dio Signore (Guardiano, Chorus) 00:08:03
22.   Act II Scene 2: La Vergine degli Angeli (Chorus, Leonora) 00:03:40

Disc 2

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

  La forza del destino
1.   Act III Scene 1: Attenti al gioco (Chorus) 00:03:48
2.   Act III Scene 1: La vita e inferno (Alvaro) 00:03:12
3.   Act III Scene 1: O tu che in seno agli angeli (Alvaro) 00:03:35
4.   Act III Scene 1: Al tradimento! (Chorus, Alvaro, Carlo) 00:02:17
5.   Act III Scene 1: All'armi! (Voices, Alvaro, Carlo, Surgeon) 00:02:19
6.   Act III Scene 2: Piano … qui posi … approntisi il mio letto (Carlo, Surgeon, Alvaro) 00:01:36
7.   Act III Scene 2: Solenne in quest'ora (Alvaro, Carlo) 00:04:07
8.   Act III Scene 2: Morir! Tremenda cosa! (Carlo) 00:02:08
9.   Act III Scene 2: Urna fatale del mio destino (Carlo) 00:02:37
10.   Act III Scene 2: E s'altra prova rivenir potessi (Carlo, Surgeon) 00:02:27
11.   Act III Scene 3: Compagni, sostiamo (Chorus) 00:03:12
12.   Act III Scene 3: Ne gustare m'e dato un' ora di quiete (Alvaro, Carlo) 00:04:15
13.   Act III Scene 3: No, d'un imene il vincolo (Alvaro, Carlo, Chorus) 00:04:18
14.   Act III Scene 3: Lorche pifferi e tamburi (Chorus, Preziosilla, Soldiers) 00:02:26
15.   Act III Scene 3: A buon mercato chi vuol comprare (Trabuco, Soldiers, All) 00:02:17
16.   Act III Scene 3: Pane, pan per carita! (Peasants, Recruits, Vivandieres, Preziosilla) 00:03:00
17.   Act III Scene 3: Nella guerra e la follia (All) 00:02:10
18.   Act III Scene 3: Toh! Toh! Poffare il mondo! Che tempone! (Melitone, Soldiers, Preziosilla) 00:03:58
19.   Act III Scene 3: Rataplan, rataplan, della Gloria (Preziosilla, Chorus) 00:03:17

Disc 3

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

  La forza del destino
1.   Act IV Scene 1: Giunge qualcuno, aprite (Guardiano, Carlo, Melitone) 00:01:14
2.   Act IV Scene 1: Invano Alvaro ti celasti al mondo (Carlo, Alvaro) 00:03:25
3.   Act IV Scene 1: Le minaccie, i fieri accenti (Alvaro, Carlo) 00:05:28
4.   Act IV Scene 2: Pace, pace, mio Dio! (Leonora) 00:06:19
5.   Act IV Scene 2: Io muoio! Confessione! (Carlo, Alvaro, Leonora) 00:03:07
6.   Act IV Scene 2: Non imprecare; umiliati (Guardiano, Leonora, Alvaro) 00:05:36
7.   La forza del destino, Act I: Me, pellegrina ed orfana 00:03:46
8.   Act II: Sono giunta! Grazie, O Dio! 00:01:50
9.   Act II: Madre, pietosa Vergine 00:04:40
10.   Act II: La Vergine degli Angeli 00:03:20
11.   Act III: La vita e inferno 00:03:09
12.   Act III: O tu che in seno agli angeli 00:03:14
13.   La forza del destino, Act III: Solenne in quest'ora 00:03:49
14.   Act III: Morir! Tremenda cosa! 00:01:54
15.   Act III: Urna fatale del mio destino 00:03:07
16.   Act III: E s'altra prova rivenir potessi 00:02:23
17.   Act IV: Invano Alvaro ti celasti al mondo 00:03:24
18.   Act IV: Le minaccie, i fieri accenti 00:05:22
19.   La forza del destino, Act IV: Pace, pace, mio Dio! 00:05:23
20.   Act IV: Io muoio! Confessione! 00:02:56
21.   Act IV: Non imprecare; umiliati 00:05:13

Total Playing Time: 03:31:35

Verdi, Giuseppe

Piave, Francesco Maria

Cellini, Renato; Perlea, Jonel; Serafin, Tullio

Milan La Scala Orchestra; RCA Victor Orchestra

Milan La Scala Chorus; Robert Shaw Chorale

Bagalli, Ottorino; Callas, Maria; Capecchi, Renato; Caselli, Dario; Cavallari, Rina; Clabassi, Plinio; Keast, Raymond; Milanov, Zinka; Moscona, Nicola; Nicolai, Elena; Peerce, Jan; Rossi-Lemeni, Nicola; Scarinci, Giulio; Signore, Gino del; Tagliabue, Carlo; Tucker, Richard; Warren, Leonard

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Opera

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111322-24

Barcode: 0747313332229

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Physical Release: 01/2008

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