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VERDI: Aida (Callas, Tucker, Serafin) (1955)

Although Aida was one of the rôles which Maria Callas sang most, especially in the early years of her career, it is generally agreed that she was better suited to singing Norma, Violetta and Lucia. Nevertheless, when this 1955 recording was first released, Harold Rosenthal for Opera wrote: “for dramatic intensity and moments of heart-rending pathos [it] can have few equals”, while Dyneley Hussey enthused in the Musical Times that it was: “a great performance, splendidly recorded. Callas’ dramatic power and her ability to shade the beautiful vocal line here find the best imaginable medium”. In, for example, the opening phrases of the Act III love duet with Radamès, ‘Là, tra foreste vergini’, her voice has a limpidity which enables her to accomplish miracles of pianissimo shadings, singing dolcissimo as the score directs – one of innumerable occasions in which Callas renders the subtlest markings in the score so effectively.



Disc 1

Verdi, Giuseppe
Ghislanzoni, Antonio, lyricist(s)

  Aida
1.   Play with flash player Prelude 00:03:49
2.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Si: corre voce che l'Etiope (Ramfis, Radames) 00:01:34
3.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Se quel guerrier io fossi!… Celeste Aida (Radames) 00:04:31
4.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Quale insolita gioia nel tuo sguardo! (Amneris, Radames, Aida) 00:06:23
5.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Alta cagion v'aduna, o fidi egizii (King, Messenger, Aida, Radames, Amneris, Ramfis, Priests, Ministers, Captains) 00:03:18
6.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Su! del Nilo al sacro lido (King, Messenger, Radames, Ramfis, Priests, Ministers, Captains, Aida, Amneris) 00:02:58
7.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Ritorna vincitor! (Aida) 00:06:48
8.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Possente, possente Ftha (High Priestess, Priestesses, Ramfis, Priests) 00:05:23
9.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Mortal, diletto ai numi (Ramfis, Priests, Radames, Priestesses) 00:04:43
10.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 1: Chi mai fra gl'inni e i plausi (Slaves, Amneris) 00:06:18
11.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 1: Fu la sorte dell'armi (Amneris, Aida) 00:07:27
12.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 1: Su! del Nilo al sacro lido (Soldiers, People, Amneris, Aida) 00:02:39
13.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside (People, Women, Priests, Men) 00:03:32
14.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Triumphal March 00:06:00
15.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Vieni, o guerriero, vindice (People, Priests) 00:02:24


Disc 2

Verdi, Giuseppe
Ghislanzoni, Antonio, lyricist(s)

  Aida
1.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Salvator della patria, io ti saluto (King, Radames, Ramfis, Priests, Aida, Amonasro) 00:03:10
2.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Quest'assisa ch'io vest vi dica (Amonasro, Aida, Slaves, Prisoners, Ramfis, Priests, King, People) 00:04:42
3.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: O re, pei sacri numi (Radames, King, Amneris, Priests, People, Ramfis) 00:02:20
4.   Play with flash player Act II Scene 2: Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside (King, People, Slaves, Prisoners, Ramfis, Priests, Aida, Radames, Amneris, Amonasro) 00:02:52
5.   Play with flash player Act III: O tu che sei d'Osiride (Priests, Priestesses, Ramfis, Amneris) 00:04:49
6.   Play with flash player Act III: Qui Radames verra!… O patria mia (Aida) 00:07:04
7.   Play with flash player Act III: Ciel! Mio padre! (Aida, Amonasro) 00:08:09
8.   Play with flash player Act III: Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida (Radames, Aida) 00:03:06
9.   Play with flash player Act III: Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti (Radames, Aida) 00:04:16
10.   Play with flash player Act III: Aida!… Tu non m'ami. Va! (Radames, Aida, Amonasro) 00:02:35
11.   Play with flash player Act III: Tu! Amonasro! (Radames, Aida, Amonasro, Amneris, Ramfis) 00:02:39
12.   Play with flash player Act IV Scene 1: L'abborrita rivale a me sfuggia (Amneris) 00:03:15
13.   Play with flash player Act IV Scene 1: Gia i sacerdoti adunansi (Amneris, Radames) 00:06:40
14.   Play with flash player Act IV Scene 1: Ohime! Morir mi sento (Amneris, Priests) 00:04:22
15.   Play with flash player Act IV Scene 1: Radames! Radames! Radames! (Ramfis, Priests) 00:07:08
16.   Play with flash player Act IV Scene 2: La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse (Radames, Aida) 00:02:19
17.   Play with flash player Act IV Scene 2: Presago il core della tua condanna (Aida, Radames, Priests, Priestesses) 00:03:48
18.   Play with flash player Act IV Scene 2: O terra, addio; addio, valle di pianti (Aida, Radames, Priests, Priestesses, Amneris) 00:05:00

Total Playing Time: 02:26:01






Composer(s):
Verdi, Giuseppe

Lyricist(s):
Ghislanzoni, Antonio

Conductor(s):
Serafin, Tullio

Orchestra(s):
Milan La Scala Orchestra

Choir(s):
Milan La Scala Chorus

Artist(s):
Barbieri, Fedora; Callas, Maria; Galassi, Elvira; Gobbi, Tito; Modesti, Giuseppe; Ricciardi, Franco; Tucker, Richard; Zaccaria, Nicola

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Opera

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111240-41

Barcode: 0747313324026

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Release Date: 01/2007

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