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VERDI: Ballo in Maschera (Un) (Callas, Di Stefano, Gobbi) (1956)

    
      

 

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VERDI: Ballo in Maschera (Un) (Callas, Di Stefano, Gobbi) (1956)

This 1956 recording of Un ballo in maschera was made before Maria Callas undertook it on stage. Of her performances of Un ballo at the beginning of the 1957/8 season at La Scala, Milan, the conductor Gianandrea Gavazzeni remembers ‘[how] she had this strange, burning, singular talent; she was always herself and yet always different in every rôle. A voice of more even quality could not have imparted the tension, or Amelia’s desperation so effectively. Had she sought less wide a range, fewer colours then perhaps she might have achieved a more homogeneous sound, but she preferred richness of colour and play of lightness and shade in recreating the character.’ Throughout the rôle Callas chooses an appropriate plangent vocal colour to characterize Amelia. In, for example, the Act II aria Ecco l’orrido campo, her singing shows the kind of detail redolent of her best work: the perfection of the repeated triplets, her shaping and control, and her inimitable way with the cadenza.



Disc 1

Verdi, Giuseppe
Somma, Antonio, lyricist(s)

  Un Ballo in Maschera
1.   Play with flash player Prelude 00:04:19
2.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Posa in pace, a' bei sogni ristora (Officers, Gentlemen, Samuel, Tom, Henchmen) 00:01:35
3.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: S'avanza il Conte (Oscar, Riccardo) 00:01:36
4.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: La rivedra nell'estasi (Riccardo, Oscar, Officers, Gentlemen, Samuel, Tom, Henchmen) 00:01:58
5.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Il cenno mio di la con essi attendi (Riccardo, Oscar, Renato) 00:02:34
6.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Alla vita che t'arride (Renato) 00:02:50
7.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Il primo giudice (Oscar, Riccardo, Judge) 00:01:31
8.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Volta la terrea (Oscar, Riccardo, Judge, Renato, Samuel, Tom, Henchmen) 00:02:38
9.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 1: Ogni cura si doni al diletto (Riccardo, Renato, Oscar, Samuel, Tom, Henchmen, Officers, Gentlemen) 00:02:18
10.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Zitti … l'incanto non dessi turbare (Women, Children) 00:02:03
11.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Re dell'abisso, affrettati (Ulrica) 00:01:59
12.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Arrivo il primo! (Riccardo, Women, Ulrica) 00:02:30
13.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Su, fatemi largo, saper vo' il mio fato (Silvano, Ulrica, Riccardo, Chorus, Servant) 00:03:26
14.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Che v'agita cosi (Ulrica, Amelia, Riccardo) 00:01:27
15.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Della citta all'occaso (Ulrica, Amelia, Riccardo) 00:01:30
16.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Consentimi, o Signore (Amelia, Ulrica, Riccardo, Chorus) 00:02:29
17.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Su, profetessa, monta il treppie (Chorus, Oscar, Riccardo) 00:00:49
18.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Di' tu se fedele (Riccardo, Chorus) 00:03:21
19.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Chi voi siate, l'audace parola (Ulrica, Riccardo, Samuel, Oscar, Chorus) 00:02:27
20.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: E scherzo od e follia (Riccardo, Ulrica, Samuel, Tom, Oscar, Chorus) 00:03:27
21.   Play with flash player Act I Scene 2: Finisici il vaticinio (Riccardo, Ulrica, Chorus, Samuel, Tom, Renato, Silvano, Oscar, Henchmen) 00:04:22
22.   Play with flash player Act II: Prelude 00:02:31
23.   Play with flash player Act II: Ecco l'orrido campo ove s'accoppia (Amelia) 00:01:31
24.   Play with flash player Act II: Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa (Amelia) 00:05:14
25.   Play with flash player Act II: Teco io sto (Riccardo, Amelia) 00:01:33
26.   Play with flash player Act II: Non sai tu che se l'anima mia (Riccardo, Amelia) 00:03:39
27.   Play with flash player Act II: M'ami, m'ami! … Oh, qual soave brivido (Riccardo, Amelia) 00:04:23


Disc 2

Verdi, Giuseppe
Somma, Antonio, lyricist(s)

  Un Ballo in Maschera
1.   Play with flash player Act II: Ahime! S'appressa! (Amelia, Riccardo, Renato) 00:02:13
2.   Play with flash player Act II: Amico, gelosa t'affido una cura (Riccardo, Renato) 00:00:55
3.   Play with flash player Act II: Odi tu come fremono cupi (Amelia, Renato, Riccardo) 00:01:57
4.   Play with flash player Act II: Seguitemi (Renato, Amelia, Chorus, Samuel, Tom) 00:02:40
5.   Play with flash player Act II: Ve', se di notte qui colla sposa (Samuel, Tom, Renato, Amelia, Chorus) 00:05:01
6.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 1: A tal colpa e nulla il pianto (Renato, Amelia) 00:02:23
7.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 1: Morro, ma prima in grazia (Amelia) 00:04:34
8.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 1: Alzati! La tua figlio (Renato) 00:01:35
9.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 1: Eri tu che macchiavi quell'anima (Renato) 00:04:38
10.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 1: Siam soli. Udite (Renato, Tom, Samuel) 00:02:38
11.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 1: Dunque l'onta di tutti sol una (Renato, Samuel, Tom) 00:00:55
12.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 1: D'una grazia vi supplico (Renato, Samuel, Tom, Amelia) 00:04:06
13.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 1: Qual e dunque l'eletto (Renato, Samuel, Amelia, Tom) 00:01:15
14.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 1: Il messaggio entri (Renato, Oscar, Amelia, Samuel, Tom) 00:01:06
15.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 1: Ah! Di che fulgor, che musiche (Oscar, Amelia, Renato, Samuel, Tom) 00:02:42
16.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 2: Forse la soglia attinse (Riccardo) 00:02:42
17.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 2: Ma se m'e forza perderti (Riccardo) 00:02:42
18.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 2: Ah! Dessa e la (Riccardo, Oscar) 00:01:54
19.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 3: Fervono amori e danze (Chorus, Samuel, Renato, Tom, Oscar) 00:01:55
20.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 3: Saper vorreste (Oscar) 00:02:03
21.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 3: Fervono amori e danze (Chorus, Renato, Oscar) 00:01:29
22.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 3: Ah! Perche qui! Fuggite (Amelia, Riccardo) 00:04:41
23.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 3: E tu ricevi il mio! (Renato, Riccardo, Amelia, Oscar, Chorus) 00:01:15
24.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 3: Ella e pura: in braccio a morte (Riccardo, Amelia, Oscar, Renato, Chorus) 00:04:42

Total Playing Time: 02:12:01






Composer(s):
Verdi, Giuseppe

Lyricist(s):
Somma, Antonio

Conductor(s):
Votto, Antonino

Orchestra(s):
Milan La Scala Orchestra

Choir(s):
Milan La Scala Chorus

Artist(s):
Barbieri, Fedora; Callas, Maria; Di Stefano, Giuseppe; Ercolani, Renato; Giordano, Enzo; Gobbi, Tito; Maionica, Silvio; Ratti, Eugenia; Zaccaria, Nicola

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Opera Recordings

Genre: Opera

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111278-79

Barcode: 0747313327829

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Release Date: 01/2008

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