STUDIO REMASTERED 2014
CD 0825646339945 – LP VINYL 0825646242955 – DIGITAL

Pure Maria Callas

Opera singers come and go, but just a few – the legends – live on. And Maria Callas was the greatest legend of them all, though not just for the wonder of her voice. She changed the way people thought about opera, but she also became famous as the glamorous celebrity who fell in love with Aristotle Onassis, leaving her elderly husband to live with him on his yacht Christina and enjoy the high life with the international jet set. Of course it ended badly. She lived her life like one of her own tragic heroines who (as women tend to do in opera) sing, suffer and die. And her own death came at just 53, after a dazzling but short career that took in heavy roles alongside decorative, nightingale-like ones – ignoring the established rules of vocal health and probably explaining why her voice finally gave out as it did. But in that time she did extraordinary things, using the muscle of those heavy heroines to empower the nightingales with strength and depth of feeling nobody had thought to offer them before. She gave them credibility as drama. Her performances were absolute and self-exposing: she held nothing back. And she was even tougher on herself than she could be on others – which is why her voice was never quite the flawless instrument singers are meant to cultivate. Her personality was far too volatile and too self-sacrificing in its love affair with risk. In the mythology of opera, though, that’s what the audience demands. We want the diva to be both a goddess and a slave: to give her life for art. We thrill to the dimension of that sacrifice. And Callas dutifully obliged.


Tracklist 2CD and LP VINYL*


1. L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) (Bizet Carmen)
Choeurs René Duclos / Orchestre du Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris, Georges Prêtre


2. Casta Diva (Bellini Norma)
Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin


3. O mio babbino caro (Puccini Gianni Schicchi)
Philharmonia Orchestra / Tullio Serafin


4. Ebben? ne andrò lontana (Catalani La Wally)
Philharmonia Orchestra / Tullio Serafin


5. Ah, fors’è lui (Verdi La traviata)
Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI, Gabriele Santini


6. Sempre libera (Verdi La traviata)
Francesco Albanese tenor / Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI, Gabriele Santini


7. Vissi d’arte (Puccini Tosca)
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Victor de Sabata


8. Un bel dì vedremo (Puccini Madama Butterfly)
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Herbert von Karajan


9. La mamma morta (Giordano Andrea Chénier)
Philharmonia Orchestra, Tullio Serafin


10. Donde lieta uscì (Puccini La bohème)
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Antonino Votto


11. Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l’umile ancella (Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur)
Philharmonia Orchestra, Tullio Serafin


12.Il dolce suono (Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor)
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tullio Serafin


13. D’amor sull’ali rosee (Verdi Il trovatore)
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Herbert von Karajan no


14. Ave Maria (Verdi Otello)
Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Nicola Rescig


15. Una voce poco fa (Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Philharmonia Orchestra, Alceo Galliera


16. J’ai perdu mon Eurydice (Gluck Orphée et Eurydice)
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française, Georges Prêtre


17. Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix (Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila)
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française, Georges Prêtre


18. Les tringles des sistres tintaient (Chanson bohème) (Bizet Carmen)
Nadine Sauterau soprano · Jane Berbié mezzo-soprano
Choeurs René Duclos, Orchestre du Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris, Georges Prêtre


Maria Callas soprano