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

Composer(s):
Artist(s) Serafin, Tullio, Conductor • Philharmonia OrchestraCallas, Maria, soprano
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.111275
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 6.99
 

 


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

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Review By ,Scherzo,May 2008


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Review By David Denton, Naxos,January 2008

Maria Callas was in London in 1954 recording two discs of opera highlights with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the excellent acoustic of Watford Town Hall. It was a strange choice of repertoire when complete opera recordings had obviously been planned that would include much of the disc’s contents. Now that we have those complete opera recordings they tend to undermine the recital disc. Mimi, Butterfly, Turandot and Manon occupy much of the first part, and sadly we are once again deprived of Callas’s repertoire that went outside the popular operas. There is a tantalising excerpt from Giordano’s Andrea Chenier, and she must have made a compelling Maddalena on stage, her La mamma morta showing a smouldering character that suddenly erupts. I equally enjoy

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