SALLE WAGRAM, PARIS 08 MAY 1963
STUDIO REMASTERED 2014
CD 0825646340026 – DIGITAL

Callas à Paris II

ORCHESTRE DE LA SOCIÉTÉ DES CONCERTS DU CONSERVATOIRE
GEORGES PRÊTRE

As in her first Callas à Paris recital, recorded two years previously, the diva performs arias of diverse weight, colour and mood – from the darker tones of Berlioz’s Marguerite to the brilliant ‘Jewel Song’ of Gounod’s Marguerite, and from the mezzo-ish melancholy of Massenet’s Charlotte to the soprano coquetry of the same composer’s Manon. ‘Simply as an artist,’ wrote Gramophone in its review of the recital, ‘in her sense of line, her feeling for a word, her command of colour and her mastery of the whole complex art of interpretation – [Callas] is so far ahead of all other contemporary singers, and of all but the greatest past singers, too, that she almost spoils us for the rest.’


GLUCK: IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE
1. Ô, MALHEUREUSE IPHIGÉNIE! (ACT II)


BERLIOZ: LA DAMNATION DE FAUST
2. D’AMOUR L’ARDENTE FLAMME


BIZET: LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES
3. ME VOILÀ SEULE…COMME AUTREFOIS (ACT II)


MASSENET: MANON
4. JE NE SUIS QUE FAIBLESSE…ADIEU, NOTRE PETITE TABLE (ACT II)

5. SUIS-JE GENTILLE AINSI?…JE MARCHE SUR TOUS LES CHEMINS (ACT III)


WERTHER
6. WERTHER! WERTHER! QUI M’AURAIT DIT LA PLACE (AIR DES LETTRES) (ACT III)


GOUNOD: FAUST
7. JE VOUDRAIS BIEN SAVOIR…IL ÉTAIT UN ROI DE THULÉ…LES GRANDS SEIGNEURS…AH! JE RIS (CHANSON DU ROI DE THULÉ ET AIR DES BIJOUX) (ACT III)


MARIA CALLAS SOPRANO