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Maria Callas - The Callas Rarities (2014) [HDTracks]

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Maria Callas - The Callas Rarities (2014) [HDTracks]
Artist: Maria Callas
Title Of Album: The Callas Rarities [Remastered]
Year Of Release: 2014
Label (Catalog#): Warner Classics
Country: USA / Greece
Genre: Classical, Opera
Quality: FLAC (tracks, d.booklet)
Bitrate: Lossless [24Bit/96kHz]
Time: 01:56:49
Full Size: 2,18 GB

The first two tracks heard here are tests made for the producer Walter Legge to get the feeling of working with Maria Callas in a studio and to find good microphone placings in an acoustically difficult venue for recording Lucia di Lammermoor immediately afterwards. In the mono version of the Sleepwalking Scene from Macbeth one hears the character moving off into the distance as instructed in the score, unlike the stereo take where the voice remains centre stage.
In 1960, Callas began a series of ‘working’ sessions in London under Antonio Tonini. The intention was to enable Callas retrain her voice after the vocal problems that had beset her at the end of the 1950s and in the process, produce some recordings suitable for commercial release. A substantial amount of the material included here comes from those sessions, from which the only item approved by Callas was the scene from Act I of Il pirata included in the LP Callas by Request. Most of the other arias were remade later in Paris with Rescigno for the albums Mozart, Beethoven and Weber Arias and Rossini and Donizetti Arias.
When Callas made her two recitals of French arias in Paris in 1961 and 1963, she formed a strong musical relationship with the conductor Georges Pr?tre, who would go on to conduct most of her final live performances and the 1964 recordings of Carmen and Tosca. In June 1964 she and Pr?tre began a recording of operatic duets with the tenor Franco Corelli, but the chemistry between Corelli and Pr?tre proved explosive and the duet ‘Pur ti riveggo’ from Aida was all that could be rescued from the first and only session. The concluding part of the programme is devoted to Verdi arias recorded with Rescigno at the Paris sessions of 1964–5 and 1969 for a planned third Verdi album. These tracks, unapproved by Callas, are released because they form an important part of the recorded legacy of this unique artist. (TONY LOCANTRO, 2014)

Tracklist:

The Callas Rarities 1953–61

THE 1953 TEST
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
Don Giovanni (Da Ponte)

1 Non mi dir (Act II) (Take 1)  1997 MONO 5.23
2 Non mi dir (Act II) (Take 2)  1985 MONO 5.02
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino / Tullio Serafin
Recorded: 27.I.1953, Teatro Comunale, Florence
Producer: Dino Olivieri · Balance engineer: Osvaldo Varesco
THE MONO VERSION OF THE SLEEPWALKING SCENE FROM MACBETH
Giuseppe Verdi 1813–1901
Macbeth (Piave)

3 Una macchia ? qui tuttora (Act IV) MONO 11.12
Philharmonia Orchestra / Nicola Rescigno
Recorded: 19, 21, 24.IX.1958, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
Producer: Walter Legge · Balance engineer: Neville Boyling
THE 1960 AND 1961 TONINI SESSIONS
Gioachino Rossini 1792–1868
Semiramide (Rossi)
4 Bel raggio lusinghier (Act I)  1987 5.35
Giuseppe Verdi
I vespri siciliani (Caimi)
5 Arrigo! ah parli a un core (Act IV)  1997 4.05
Philharmonia Orchestra / Antonio Tonini
Recorded: 13–15.VII.1960, Watford Town Hall
Producer: Walter Legge · Balance engineer: Harold Davidson

Gaetano Donizetti 1797–1848
Lucrezia Borgia (Romani)

6 Tranquillo ei posa…Com’? bello (Prologue)  1997 8.03
Gioachino Rossini
Guglielmo Tell (De Jous & Ris)
7 S’allontanano alfine…Selva opaca (Act II)  1987 8.27
Semiramide (Rossi)
8 Bel raggio lusinghier (Act I)  1987 5.23
Vincenzo Bellini 1801–1835
Il pirata (Romani)

9 Sorgete…Lo sognai ferito, esangue (Act I)*  1972 9.25
*Monica Sinclair contralto · Alexander Young tenor
Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus / Antonio Tonini
Recorded: 14–16.XI.1961, Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Walter Legge · Balance engineer: Douglas Larter

The Callas Rarities 1962–69

THE 1962 TONINI SESSIONS
Giuseppe Verdi 1813–1901
Don Carlo (M?ry, Du Locle, De Lauzi?res & Zanardini)

10 O don fatale (Act IV)  1992 4.30
Gioachino Rossini 1792–1868
La Cenerentola (Ferretti)
11 Nacqui all’affanno…Non pi? mesta (Act II)  1987 6.10
Carl Maria von Weber 1786–1826
Oberon (Planch? ed. MacFarren)
12 Ocean! thou mighty monster (Act II)  1992 8.08
Philharmonia Orchestra / Antonio Tonini
Recorded: 9, 13.IV.1962, Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Walter Legge · Balance engineer: Douglas Larter
THE 1964 PR?TRE SESSIONS
Giuseppe Verdi
Aida (Ghislanzoni)

13 Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida (Act III)  1990 9.39
Franco Corelli tenor
Orchestre du Th??tre National de l’Op?ra de Paris / Georges Pr?tre
Recorded: 17.VI.1964, Salle Wagram, Paris
Producer: Michel Glotz · Balance engineer: Paul Vavasseur

THE 1964/5 RESCIGNO SESSIONS
Giuseppe Verdi
I lombardi alla prima crociata (Solera)

14 Te, Vergin santa (Act I)  1987 3.51
Il trovatore (Cammarano)
15 Vanne…D’amor sull’ali rosee (Act IV)  1992 6.28
Orchestre de la Soci?t? des Concerts du Conservatoire / Nicola Rescigno
Recorded: 10.IV.1964 & 20, 22.I.1965, Salle Wagram, Paris
Producer: Michel Glotz · Balance engineer: Paul Vavasseur
THE 1969 RESCIGNO SESSIONS
Giuseppe Verdi
I vespri siciliani (Scribe, Duveyrier & Caimi)

16 Arrigo! ah, parli a un core (Act IV)  1987 3.40
Attila (Solera)
17 Liberamente or piangi! (Act I)  1987 4.45
Il corsaro (Piave)
18 Verr?…Ah conforto ? sol la speme (Act II)  1978 2.03
I lombardi alla prima crociata (Solera)
19 Te, Vergin santa (Act I)  1997 3.23
Orchestre du Th??tre National de l’Op?ra de Paris / Nicola Rescigno
Recorded: 20, 22, 24.II & 3, 5.III.1969, Salle Wagram, Paris
Producer: Peter Andry · Balance engineer: Paul Vavasseur
Maria Callas soprano


Maria Callas - The Callas Rarities (2014) [HDTracks]






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