Maria Callas sings Great Arias from French Operas | Warner 2564634008

Maria Callas sings Great Arias from French Operas

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Label: Warner

Cat No: 2564634008

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 20th October 2014

Contents

Works

Bizet, Georges

Carmen
» L'amour est un oiseau rebelle
» Pres des remparts de Seville 'Seguedille'

Charpentier, Gustave

Louise
» Depuis le jour (Act 3)

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Alceste
» Divinites du Styx
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice)
» J'ai perdu mon Euridice

Gounod, Charles

Romeo et Juliette
» Je veux vivre (Act 1)

Massenet, Jules

Le Cid
» De cet affreux combat ...Pleurez, pleurez, mes yeux

Saint-Saens, Camille

Samson et Dalila, op.47
» Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix (Act 2)
» Printemps qui commence (Act 1)
» Samson, recherchant ma presence ...Amour! viens aider ma faiblesse! (Act 2)

Thomas, Ambroise

Mignon
» Ah, pour ce soir ...Je suis Titania

Artists

Maria Callas (sorpano)
French Radio National Orchestra

Conductor

Georges Pretre

Works

Bizet, Georges

Carmen
» L'amour est un oiseau rebelle
» Pres des remparts de Seville 'Seguedille'

Charpentier, Gustave

Louise
» Depuis le jour (Act 3)

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Alceste
» Divinites du Styx
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice)
» J'ai perdu mon Euridice

Gounod, Charles

Romeo et Juliette
» Je veux vivre (Act 1)

Massenet, Jules

Le Cid
» De cet affreux combat ...Pleurez, pleurez, mes yeux

Saint-Saens, Camille

Samson et Dalila, op.47
» Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix (Act 2)
» Printemps qui commence (Act 1)
» Samson, recherchant ma presence ...Amour! viens aider ma faiblesse! (Act 2)

Thomas, Ambroise

Mignon
» Ah, pour ce soir ...Je suis Titania

Artists

Maria Callas (sorpano)
French Radio National Orchestra

Conductor

Georges Pretre

About

Maria Callas never sang a role in French on stage, though she had studied French repertoire as a student and one of her most famous roles, Cherubini’s Medea, had originally been written in French as Médée.

From the early 1960s she made her home in Paris, where in 1961 she recorded this recital of French-language arias for both soprano and mezzo-soprano, composed in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

The recital … is a tour de force of sympathetic interpretation’, wrote Gramophone after her death. ‘The range is astounding, so much so that hearing the record is both an inspiring and upsetting experience; not merely because of the sense of the early loss of so great an artist [as Callas], but because the plights of these great human archetypes – Orpheus, Alceste, Carmen, Dalila, Chimène and Juliet – are themselves so uplifting and disturbing as Callas presents them to us … Records like this change people’s lives.

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