Puccini - Maria Callas Sings Operatic Arias by Puccini - 180g LP Mono

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Puccini - Maria Callas Sings Operatic Arias by Puccini - 180g LP Mono
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EMI  Testament - 33CX1204 - Mono - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl

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Testament has revived these classic titles from the EMI catalog using only the original EMI master tapes,cut onto lacquer at EMI's Abbey Road Studios and mastered using full analog techniques throughout production.
 

PUCCINI Operatic Arias:
Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica
Manon Lescaut, La Bohème,
Turandot, Madama Butterfly

Maria Callas
Philharmonia Orchestra
Tullio Serafin

 
Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Suor Angelica, Glanni Schicchi and Turandot Maria Callas / Philharmonia Orchestra / Serafin
 
In September 1954, when this famous recording was made, the legendary soprano Maria Callas was vocally at her peak. In this, her first recital record, she shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the atmosphere and drama that characterize some of the most famous arias in Puccini's romantic operas. Perhaps no singer has brought such passion and variety of mood to this composer's music as did Callas, and she is ably partnered by the Philharmonic Orchestra under a favorite conductor colleague, the vastly experienced Tullio Serafin. EMI's engineers captured both the quality of Callas' voice and Puccini's magical orchestration to great effect, and Testament's LP transfer recaptures the quality of the original production with the greatest fidelity.
 

Although Maria Callas considered herself a bel canto and Verdi soprano, through recordings and video documents her name is inextricably linked with that of Puccini. This extraordinary album of Puccini arias was aptly named Puccini Heroines, as it is indeed a collection of portraits of many of the composer’s powerful creations for soprano. By September 1954, Callas had reinvented herself as a slim, elegant diva; the weight loss brought a new slenderness to the voice as well, while the instrument retained flexibility and plushness. Listening to this disc 60 years on, one is struck immediately by the sheer beauty in much of the singing. Callas’s bel canto skills, combined with her musical genius, add a host of ravishing touches: perfectly weighted portamentos, exquisite melismas, stunning diminuendos – all essential ingredients for Puccini, often omitted by singers less gifted, all used here for expression.

Callas offers a gallery of characters, each with her own voice – an effect never accomplished in an applied manner, always organic-sounding. One senses Manon’s pampered melancholy in ‘In quelle trine morbide’, and her exhausted desperation in ‘Sola, perduta, abbandonata’. Brilliant storytelling and keen observation of Puccini’s markings make the familiar ‘Un bel dì vedremo’ anything but routine. Going from Butterfly’s death to Mimì’s narrative is akin to a splash of cold water on the listener’s face, so profound is the change. Callas balances perfectly the parlando and legato in both arias from La bohème, while ‘Senza mamma’ is as extraordinary for its sense of loss as ‘O mio babbino caro’ is for its directness. And what other soprano could so fully capture both Liù and Turandot? But then, this is what makes Callas… Callas

 
Puccini - Operatic Arias
 
SIDE 1
Manon Lescaut (1893)
Act 2 - In quelle trine morbide
Act 4 - Sola perduta, abbandonata
Madama Butterfly (1904)
Act 2 - Un bel dì Vedremo
Act 2 - Con onor muore
La Bohème (1896)
Act 1 - Sì mi chiamano Mimi
Act 3 - Donde lieta usci
 
SIDE 2
Suor Angelica (1918)
Senza Mamma
Gianni Schicchi (1918)
O mio babbino caro
Turandot (1926)
Act 1 - Signore, ascolta!
Act 2 - In questa reggia
Act 3 - Tu che de gel sei cinta
 
Puccini - Maria Callas Sings Operatic Arias by Puccini - 180g LP
 
Testament Records

Testament has revived these classic titles from the EMI catalog using only the original EMI master tapes, cut onto lacquer at EMI's Abbey Road Studios and mastered using full analog techniques throughout production.
 
 

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