Maria Callas
Auditorium RAI, Turin 10 Nov 1949
Studio Remastered 2014
CD 0825646340040 - DIGITAL

The First Recordings

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Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI

Arturo Basile

Recorded in 1949 when Maria Callas was just 25, this debut recital encapsulates the young soprano’s astonishing maturity, versatility and technical finesse. She had already sung all three roles showcased here – Wagner’s Isolde and Bellini’s Norma and Elvira (I puritani) – in the theatre. As Gramophone, which described the recital as ‘incandescent and spellbinding’, wrote: ‘The Liebestod is a beautiful example of sustained interpretation, with a long line running through the whole piece, each phrase finding part-fulfilment in the next until the climax is reached,’ concluding overall that: ‘The eloquence of phrase and the technical control put at the service of a discerning heart and mind are obvious to hear.’

The First Recordings

Tristano e Isotta
1 Dolce e calmo (Liebestod)
2 casta diva
3 ah! bello a me ritorna
I puritani
4 O rendetemi la speme
5 Qui la voce sua soave
6 Vien, diletto, è in ciel la luna
Maria Callas: soprano