Maria Callas
Salle Wagram, Paris 08 Jan 1964
Studio Remastered 2014
CD 0825646340101 - DIGITAL

Mozart, Beethoven & Weber

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Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire

Nicola Rescigno

This recital of Austro-German repertoire (albeit composed to Italian and English texts) was prompted by Callas’s indignation on discovering that her EMI producer, Walter Legge, had chosen his wife, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  for a recording of the Verdi Requiem. ‘If your wife can sing my repertoire, then I can sing hers,’ declared Callas. As it turned out, she complemented arias from ‘Schwarzkopf roles’ (Donna Elvira and Countess Almaviva) with one of Donna Anna’s arias and with scenas by Beethoven and Weber that she had first learned as a student in Athens. (She had sung Leonore in Fidelio in Greece at the age of just 21.) ‘The disc shows the voice in the excitingly fresh condition that was heard in the Covent Garden Toscas [1964],’ wrote Gramophone. ‘The Callas personality is here at its most intense. This tigress is fiercer than ever, in some ways more exciting than ever. The flashing eyes seem to drill into one, and the scalp tingles … This  is an exciting disc to fire and excite admirers.’

Mozart, Beethoven & Weber

1. Scena & Aria: Ah! Perfido Op.65 (Metastasio)
Don Giovanni
2. Or sai chi l’onore (Act I)
Le nozze di Figaro
3. Porgi, amor (Act II)
Weber: Oberon
4. Ocean! Thou mighty monster (Act II)
Mozart: Don Giovanni
5. Crudele? ...Non mi dir (Act II)
6. In quali eccessi, o Numi! ...Mi tradì quell’alma ingrata (Act II)
Maria Callas soprano