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BELLINI, V.: Sonnambula (La) (Callas, Monti, La Scala, Votto) (1957)

Composer(s)Bellini, VincenzoCherubini, LuigiSpontini, Gaspare
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.111284-85
Label / Series Naxos Historical / Great Opera Recordings
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

Visconti’s sensational 1955 production of La sonnambula for La Scala, Milan, was revived and recorded two years later. As a girl, Callas had fallen in love with the rôle of Amina; as an adult it suited her voice perfectly, and her interpretation set a benchmark that few have equalled. Among the many highlights of Callas’s profoundly satisfying performance is her cadenza for Ah non giunge in which she executes a remarkable diminuendo on a stratospheric E-flat, a feat unrivalled in the history of the gramophone.This is by any standards a classic recording.

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Work/Track Title Time
BELLINI, V.: Sonnambula (La) (Callas, Monti, La Scala, Votto) (1957) 2:22:59   
  La sonnambula          
      Act I Scene 1: Viva! Viva Amina! (Chorus) 2:49       
      Act I Scene 1: Tutto e gioia, tutto e festa (Lisa, Chorus, Alessio) 2:47       
      Act I Scene 1: In Elvezia, non v'ha rosa (Chorus, Lisa, Alessio) 3:29       
      Act I Scene 1: Care compagne (Amina, Chorus) 2:10       
      Act I Scene 1: Come per me sereno… Sempre, o felice Amina (Amina, all) 3:02       
      Act I Scene 1: Sovra il sen la man mi posa (Amina, all) 2:38       
      Act I Scene 1: Il più di tutti, o Amina (Alessio, Amina, Lisa, Teresa, Notary) 2:04       
      Act I Scene 1: Perdona, o mia diletta (Elvino, Amina, All, Notary) 3:02       
      Act I Scene 1: Prendi: L'anel ti dono (Elvino) 5:16       
      Act I Scene 1: Scritti nel ciel gia sono… Ah! vorrei trovar parole (All, Elvira, Amina, Lisa) 3:16       
      Act I Scene 1: Domani, appena aggiorni (Elvino, All, Amina) 0:23       
      Act I Scene 1: Come noioso e lungo il cammin… Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni… E gentil, leggiadra molto (Rodolfo, Lisa, All) 6:25       
      Act I Scene 1: Contezza del paese (Elvino, Rodolfo, Teresa, Chorus) 3:17       
      Act I Scene 1: A fosco cielo, a notte bruna (Chorus, Rodolfo, Teresa, Amina, Elvino) 3:57       
      Act I Scene 1: Basta cosi. Ciascuno si attenga (Rodolfo, Teresa, All, Elvino) 1:44       
      Act I Scene 1: Elvino! E me tu lasci (Amina, Elvino) 2:04       
      Act I Scene 1: Son gelosa del zefiro errante (Elvino, Amina) 5:54       
      Act I Scene 2: Davver, non mi dispiace (Rodolfo, Lisa) 4:11       
      Act I Scene 2: Che veggio? (Rodolfo, Amina, Lisa) 2:30       
      Act I Scene 2: O ciel! Che tento? (Rodolfo, Amina) 3:39       
      Act I Scene 2: Osservate: L'uscio e aperto (Chorus) 3:56       
      Act I Scene 2: E menzogna (Elvino, Chorus, Lisa, Amina) 2:05       
      Act I Scene 2: D'un pensiero e d'un accento (Amina, Elvino, Chorus, Alessio, Teresa) 5:21       
      Act I Scene 2: Non più nozze (Elvino, All, Amina, Lisa, Alessio, Chorus, Teresa) 1:44       
  La sonnambula          
      Act II Scene 1: Qui la selva e più folta ed ombrosa (Chorus) 5:55       
      Act II Scene 1: Reggimi, o buona madre (Amina, Teresa) 4:41       
      Act II Scene 1: Vedi, o madre… E afflitto e mesto (Amina, Elvino) 3:20       
      Act II Scene 1: Viva il Conte! (Distant Voices, Elvino, Amina, Teresa, Chorus) 1:28       
      Act II Scene 1: Ah! Perche non posso odiarti (Elvino, Teresa, Chorus) 1:55       
      Act II Scene 2: E fia pur vero, Elvino (Lisa, Elvino, Rodolfo, Alessio, All) 1:56       
      Act II Scene 2: Signor Conte, agli occhi miei (Elvino, Rodolfo, Chorus, Lisa, Teresa) 4:33       
      Act II Scene 2: Signor?… Che creder deggio? (Elvino, Rodolfo, Teresa, Chorus) 2:47       
      Act II Scene 2: Oh! Se una volta sola (Amina, Rodolfo, Teresa, All) 5:43       
      Act II Scene 2: Ah! Non credea mirarti (Amina, Elvino) 4:34       
      Act II Scene 2: No, più non reggo (Elvino, Amina, Rodolfo, Chorus) 2:16       
      Act II Scene 2: Ah! Non giunge uman pensiero (Amina, All) 4:10       
  Medea, Act I: Dei tuoi figli 4:54       
  La Vestale, Act II (excerpts)          
      Act II: Tu che invoco 10:52       
      Act II: O nume tutelar 2:27       
  La Vestale, Act III: Caro oggetto 3:45       
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