Callas: Mad Scenes (LP) | Warner 9029573601

Callas: Mad Scenes (LP)

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Label: Warner

Cat No: 9029573601

Format: LP

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 9th February 2018

Contents

Works

Bellini, Vincenzo

Il Pirata
» Oh! s'io potessi ...Col sorriso d'innocenza (Act 2)

Donizetti, Gaetano

Anna Bolena
» Piangete voi? ...Al dolce guidami castel natio

Thomas, Ambroise

Hamlet
» A vos jeux, mes amis ...Ecoutex ma chanson (Mad Scene) (Act 4)

Artists

Maria Callas (soprano)
Monica Sinclair (contralto)
John Lanigan (tenor)
Joseph Rouleau (bass)
Duncan Robertson (tenor)
Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus

Conductor

Nicola Rescigno

Works

Bellini, Vincenzo

Il Pirata
» Oh! s'io potessi ...Col sorriso d'innocenza (Act 2)

Donizetti, Gaetano

Anna Bolena
» Piangete voi? ...Al dolce guidami castel natio

Thomas, Ambroise

Hamlet
» A vos jeux, mes amis ...Ecoutex ma chanson (Mad Scene) (Act 4)

Artists

Maria Callas (soprano)
Monica Sinclair (contralto)
John Lanigan (tenor)
Joseph Rouleau (bass)
Duncan Robertson (tenor)
Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus

Conductor

Nicola Rescigno

About

Maria Callas did not make complete studio recordings of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Bellini’s Il pirata (these two operas are both available in the new Callas Live Edition), though, as the queen of La Scala, she enjoyed triumphs in both roles in 1957–1958. The vocally and dramatically demanding final scenes of both operas feature in this recital with Ophélie’s mad scene from Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet, another coloratura extravaganza. When this recital first appeared in 1959, Gramophone wrote: ‘This is a most remarkable record, not only for its material … but for its astonishing vividness and dramatic poetry … It has been a thing of much wonder for me.’

Recorded: 24–25.IX.1958, Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Walter Legge
Balance engineer: Harold Davidson

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