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CALLAS, Maria: Puccini Heroines / Lyric Arias (1954)


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CALLAS, Maria: Puccini Heroines / Lyric Arias (1954)

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 début 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’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Callas’ interpretation benefits from her remarkably expansive breath span. In Boito’s L’altra notte Callas revolutionises performance practice: 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.

Puccini, Giacomo
Oliva, Domenico / Illica, Luigi, lyricist(s)

  Manon Lescaut (excerpts)
1.   Act II: In quelle trine morbide 00:02:52
2.   Act IV: Sola, perduta, abbandonata 00:05:53

Puccini, Giacomo
Giacosa, Giuseppe / Illica, Luigi, lyricist(s)

  Madama Butterfly (excerpts)
3.   Act II: Un bel di vedremo 00:04:32
4.   Act III: Con onor muore - Tu, tu piccolo iddio 00:03:44
  La bohème (excerpts)
5.   Act I: Si, mi chiamano Mimi 00:04:48
6.   Act III: Donde lieta usci 00:03:21

Puccini, Giacomo
Forzano, Giovacchino, lyricist(s)

  Suor Angelica: Senza mamma
7.   Suor Angelica: Senza mamma 00:05:35
  Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro
8.   Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro 00:02:35

Puccini, Giacomo
Adami, Giuseppe / Simoni, Renato, lyricist(s)

  Turandot (excerpts)
9.   Act I: Signore, ascolta! 00:02:30
10.   Act II: In questa reggia 00:06:24
11.   Act III: Tu che di gel sei cinta 00:02:48

Cilea, Francesco
Colautti, Arturo, lyricist(s)

  Adriana Lecouvreur (excerpts)
12.   Act I: Ecco: Respiro appena - Io son l'umile ancella 00:03:47
13.   Act IV: Poveri fiori 00:03:12

Giordano, Umberto
Illica, Luigi, lyricist(s)

  Andrea Chenier, Act III: La mamma morta
14.   Andrea Chenier, Act III: La mamma morta 00:04:51

Catalani, Alfredo
Illica, Luigi, lyricist(s)

  La Wally, Act I: Ebben Ne andro lontana
15.   La Wally, Act I: Ebben Ne andro lontana 00:04:50

Boito, Arrigo
Boito, Arrigo, lyricist(s)

  Mefistofele, Act III: L'altra notte in fondo al mare
16.   Mefistofele, Act III: L'altra notte in fondo al mare 00:07:30

Total Playing Time: 01:09:12

Boito, Arrigo; Catalani, Alfredo; Cilea, Francesco; Giordano, Umberto; Puccini, Giacomo

Adami, Giuseppe; Boito, Arrigo; Colautti, Arturo; Forzano, Giovacchino; Giacosa, Giuseppe; Illica, Luigi; Oliva, Domenico; Simoni, Renato

Serafin, Tullio

Philharmonia Orchestra

Callas, Maria

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Opera

Period: 20th Century; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111275

Barcode: 0747313327522

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Physical Release: 01/2008

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