Maria Callas : Puccini Arias

Maria Callas : Puccini Arias

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Maria Callas sings operatic arias by Puccini : Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Manon Lescaut, La Bohème, Turandot, Madama Butterfly

Tullio Serafin , Philarmonia Orchestra (1954)

EMI 33CX 1204

Testament Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924) :
Manon Lescaut (1893)
A1 - Act 2 - In quelle trine morbide
A2 - Act 4 - Sola perduta, abbandonata
Madama Butterfly (1904)
A3 - Act 2 - Un bel dì Vedremo
A4 - Act 2 - Con onor muore
La Bohème (1896)
A5 - Act 1 - Sì mi chiamano Mimi
A6 - Act 3 - Donde lieta usci
Suor Angelica (1918)
B1 - Senza Mamma
Gianni Schicchi (1918)
B2 - O mio babbino caro
Turandot (1926)
B3 - Act 1 - Signore, ascolta!
B4 - Act 2 - In questa reggia
B5 - Act 3 - Tu che de gel sei cinta

Recorded in September 1954 at Watford Town Hall, England.

Maria Callas (1923 - 1977) was vocally at her peak in 1954 when this famous recording was made with Tullio Serafin and the Philarmonia Orchestra. 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. Callas came to be closely identified with Tosca, and it was the only Puccini role she sang with any frequency during her reign as a prima donna. Turandot had figured prominently in her early career, and she performed Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) three times in Chicago in 1955, but all the other characters in this recital did not figure in her stage repertoire. As Gramophone said when this album was first released: “To each and every aria she brings the stamp of an individual artistry, something of character acting, and a concern for the dramatic and musical shaping of the aria which is very unlike the sort of Puccini singing we usually hear today.”

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Testament Records LP, revived from the EMI-Columbia catalogue, was remastered at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, using pure analogue components only, from the original studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed at Pallas.