Bellini - La Sonnambula | Naxos - Historical 811128485

Bellini - La Sonnambula

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Label: Naxos - Historical

Cat No: 811128485

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 5th January 2009

Contents

Artists

Maria Callas
Nicola Monti
Fiorenza Cossotto
Nicola Zaccaria
Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan

Conductor

Antonino Votto

Works

Bellini, Vincenzo

La Sonnambula

Artists

Maria Callas
Nicola Monti
Fiorenza Cossotto
Nicola Zaccaria
Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan

Conductor

Antonino Votto

About

Visconti’s sensational 1955 production of La Sonnambula for La Scala, Milan, was revived and recorded two years later. As a girl, Maria Callas had fallen in love with the role 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’ 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.

Recorded in 1957.

Callas does not appear to ever strain for a note. Her voice is always agile and flexible, with an upper register that is forceful but transparent. Callas always retains her lyric sweetness. She sings with nearly perfect evenness through passages of florid ornamentation.” - Audiophile Audition on this recording

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