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Maria Callas - Bellini: I Puritani (1953) [Remastered 2014]

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Maria Callas - Bellini: I Puritani (1953) [Remastered 2014]
Artist: Maria Callas
Title Of Album: Bellini: I Puritani
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Warner Classics
Genre: Classical Music, Opera, Romantic
Total Time: 2:22:05
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: Lossless 48kHz/16bit / 96kHz/24bit
Total Size: 384 mb / 1.41 gb (Digital Booklet)

In August 1947 Maria Callas, newly arrived back in Europe from an abortive search for roles in America, secured the role of Gioconda at the Verona Arena and met the second great musical influence on her life, the opera’s conductor Tullio Serafin. With Serafin, Callas went on at first to sing Turandot, Aida, Brünnhilde and Isolde (the last two in Italian).

Serafin was a passionate Wagnerian but he had other ideas for his protégée. In the 20th century up until then the bel canto roles of Donizetti, Bellini or Rossini had been taken generally by light coloratura voices like that of Elvira de Hidalgo, Callas’s teacher in Athens. Revivals of the operas thus became showcases for vocal agility rather than serious music drama. Callas, thought Serafin, could bring to these works a heavier voice that took all their agilitá in its stride while imbuing them with dramatic credibility.

Callas first studied Norma with Serafin (making her debut in the role at Florence in November 1948). Then, the following January at Venice’s La Fenice, the conductor persuaded her to learn and take over Elvira in I puritani at just three days’ notice after her last Brünnhilde of the season. Callas’s success in two such disparate roles yielded comparisons with legendary singers of an earlier generation like Lilli Lehmann.

It led Callas personally, and the repertoire in general, to a new focus on roles that had been written as vehicles not only for singers with exceptional vocal capabilities but for dedicated and effective actresses. In bel canto roles like Bellini’s Norma, Amina and Elvira or Donizetti’s Lucia and Anna Bolena Callas went on to uncover their sheer drama. This was the very quality (representation of character being at least as important as singing) that, at the expense of more accomplished vocalists, Bellini sought while insisting on Giuditta Pasta as Norma or, for that matter, Puccini when casting Hariclea Darclée as his first Tosca because of her beauty.

With high definition, you’ll be able to experience sounds which have only been heard up till now by people who were either present at Callas’s recording sessions, or who had access to the unique master tape,’ says Allan Ramsay, one of the team of engineers responsible for this remastering of all Callas’s studio recordings. ‘And digital editing software has become so sophisticated that we can correct problems which were insoluble even a few years ago. The listener will experience something as close as possible to the actual recording sessions.’

TRACKLIST:

Disc: 1
1. I Puritani: Prelude - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano, Tullio Serafin
2. I Puritani, Act 1: "All'Erte! All'Erta!" (Bruno, Chorus) - Angelo Mercuriali, Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
3. I Puritani, Act 1: "O Di Cromvel Guerrieri" (Bruno, Elvira, Arturo, Riccardo, Giorgio, Chorus) - Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Rolando Panerai, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Angelo Mercuriali, Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
4. I Puritani, Act 1: "A Festa!" (Chorus) - Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
5. I Puritani, Act 1: "Or Dove Fuggo Io Mai?" (Riccardo, Bruno) - Rolando Panerai, Angelo Mercuriali, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
6. I Puritani, Act 1: "Ah! Per Sempre Io Ti Perdei" (Riccardo) - Rolando Panerai, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
7. I Puritani, Act 1: "Bel Sogno Beato" (Bruno, Riccardo) - Rolando Panerai, Angelo Mercuriali, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
8. I Puritani, Act 1: "O Amato Zio, O Mio Secondo Padre!" (Elvira, Giorgio) - Maria Callas, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
9. I Puritani, Act 1: "Sai Com'Arde In Petto Mio" (Elvira, Giorgio) - Maria Callas, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
10. I Puritani, Act 1: "Odi ... Qual Suon Si Desta?" (Elvira, Giorgio, Chorus) - Maria Callas, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
11. I Puritani, Act 1: "Ad Arturo Onore" (Chorus) - Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
12. I Puritani, Act 1: "A Te, O Cara, Amor Talora" (Arturo, Elvira, Giorgio, Gualtiero, Chorus) - Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Carlo Forti, Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
13. I Puritani, Act 1: "Il Rito Augusto Si Compia Senza Mei!" (Gualtiero, Enrichetta, Arturo, Giorgio) - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Carlo Forti, Aurora Cattelani, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
14. I Puritani, Act 1: "Com'Io, Vi Unisca" (Gualtiero, Enrichetta, Arturo) - Carlo Forti, Aurora Cattelani,Giuseppe Di Stefano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
15. I Puritani, Act 1: "Son Vergin Vezzosa" (Elvira, Enrichetta, Arturo, Giorgio, Chorus) - Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Aurora Cattelani, Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
16. I Puritani, Act 1: "Sulla Verginea" (Enrichetta, Arturo) - Aurora Cattelani, Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
17. I Puritani, Act 1: "Ferma Invan Rapir Pretendi" (Riccardo, Arturo, Enrichetta, Elvira, Bruno, Giorgio, Chorus) - Rolando Panerai, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Aurora Cattelani, Maria Callas, Angelo Mercuriali, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
18. I Puritani, Act 1: "E Gia Al Ponte - Passa Il Forte" (Riccardo, Elvira, Giorgio, Gualtiero, Chorus, Bruno) - Maria Callas, Rolando Panerai, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Angelo Mercuriali, Carlo Forti, Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
19. I Puritani, Act 1: "Ah, Vieni Al Tempio ... Fedele Arturo" (Elvira, Bruno, Chorus, Riccardo, Giorgio) - Maria Callas, Rolando Panerai, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Angelo Mercuriali, Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
20. I Puritani, Act 1: "Ma Tu Gia Mi Fuggi?" (Elvira, Bruno, Riccardo, Giorgio, Chorus) - Maria Callas, Angelo Mercuriali, Rolando Panerai, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin

Disc: 2
1. I Puritani, Act 2: "Ah!... Dolor! Ah Terror! (Chorus) - Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
2. I Puritani, Act 2: "Qual Novella?" (Chorus, Giorgio) - Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
3. I Puritani, Act 2: "Cinta Di Fiori E Col Ben Crin Disciolto" (Giorgio, Chorus) - Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
4. I Puritani, Act 2: "E Di Morte Lo Stral Non Sara Lento" (Riccardo, Chorus, Giorgio) - Rolando Panerai, Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
5. I Puritani, Act 2: "O Rendetemi La Speme ... Qui La Voce Sua Soave Mi Chiamava" (Elvira, Giorgio, Riccardo) - Maria Callas, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Rolando Panerai, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
6. I Puritani, Act 2: "Vien Diletto, È In Ciel La Luna" (Elvira, Riccardo, Giorgio) - Maria Callas, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
7. I Puritani, Act 2: "Il Rival Salvar Tu Dei" (Elvira) - Maria Callas, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
8. I Puritani, Act 2: "Se Tra Il Buio Un Fantasma Vedrai" (Elvira) - Maria Callas, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
9. I Puritani, Act 2: "Riccardo! Riccardo!" (Elvira) - Maria Callas, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
10. I Puritani, Act 2: "Suoni La Tromba E Intrepido" (Giorgio, Riccardo) - Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Rolando Panerai, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
11. I Puritani, Act 3: "Son Salvo. Alfin Son Tua" (Arturo) - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
12. I Puritani, Act 3: "A Una Fonte Afflitto E Solo" (Elvira, Arturo) - Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
13. I Puritani, Act 3: "Qual Suon! Alcun S'Appressa!" (Arturo, Coro) - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
14. I Puritani, Act 3: "Son Gia Lontani" (Arturo) - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
15. I Puritani, Act 3: "Fini! Me Lassa!" (Arturo) - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
16. I Puritani, Act 3: "Ch'Ei Provo Lontan Da Me?" (Arturo) - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
17. I Puritani, Act 3: "Vieni, Fra Queste Braccia" (Elvira, Arturo) - Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
18. I Puritani, Act 3: "Alto La! Fedel Drappello!" (Chorus, Arturo, Elvira, Riccardo, Giorgio) - Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Maria Callas, Rolando Panerai, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
19. I Puritani, Act 3: "Cavalier, Ti Colse Il Dio" (Riccardo, Giorgio, Chorus, Elvira) - Rolando Panerai, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Maria Callas, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
20. I Puritani, Act 3: "Credeasi, Misera" (Arturo, Elvira, Giorgio, Riccardo, Chorus) - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Maria Callas, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Rolando Panerai, Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin
21. I Puritani, Act 3: "Suon D'Araldi?" (Riccardo, Giorgio, Chorus, Elvira, Arturo) - Rolando Panerai, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Tullio Serafin

With high definition, you’ll be able to experience sounds which have only been heard up till now by people who were either present at Callas’s recording sessions, or who had access to the unique master tape,’ says Allan Ramsay, one of the team of engineers responsible for this remastering of all Callas’s studio recordings. ‘And digital editing software has become so sophisticated that we can correct problems which were insoluble even a few years ago. The listener will experience something as close as possible to the actual recording sessions.’

It sounds miraculous. Ramsay describes his aim for the project:

"The best way to explain a high-definition remastering is to use the metaphor of a digital camera,’ he says. ‘Imagine the difference in image clarity between a 1-megapixel camera and a 12-megapixel camera. It gives an idea of the resolution we’re now able to achieve. A cymbal crash, for instance, creates frequencies that are audible to the human ear, but it also creates supersonic harmonics, which are not. Those harmonics can still be experienced as a vibration in the air, even if you can’t hear them. Until now it has not been possible to reproduce those frequencies for the public, as the possible range on a CD [which operates at 44.1 kHz and 16 bits] is too low. With high-definition, which can operate at 96 kHz and 24 bits, we’re extending the range higher, and with more detail, than ever before. You’ll experience that supersonic cymbal-crash almost as if you had been in the recording studio when it was made."






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