Maria Callas - Verdi: Aida (1956/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

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Maria Callas - Verdi: Aida (1956/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Verdi: Aida (1956) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 144:42 minutes | 1,43 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

One of the legendary moments in Callas's career came in 1950 in Mexico City, when she interpolated a stupendous top E flat at the end of the Triumphal Scene in Act II of Aida. In this recording under Serafin she abided by the score, but still prompted Gramophone to speak of her 'fascinating art and prodigious personality', observing the way she was 'rapt in imaginative intensity in the significance of the words'.

Maria Callas sang more operas by Verdi on stage than by any other composer. After Violetta in La traviata, Aida was the Verdi role she sang most, and this opera featured strongly in the early part of her career. She sang it first in Turin in 1948 under Serafin and this led to further engagements elsewhere around Italy in places like Rovigo, Brescia and Naples as she began to become established as a dramatic soprano.

It was as a replacement for an ailing Renata Tebaldi that Callas first appeared at La Scala, Milan, in Aida in April 1950 but she made little or no impression. Aida was also one of the operas in which Callas had been highly successful when she went to Buenos Aires and Mexico, and she had caused a sensation in Mexico City when she took and held the top E flat at the end of the Triumphal Scene to teach a lesson to an over-assertive tenor. She eschewed this grand gesture in the present recording, which was the last time she sang the role, but otherwise it preserves her interpretation of one of her major Verdi assumptions.

She is well supported by a strong cast, including the tenor Richard Tucker (Radamès), who had been her partner in La Gioconda when she made her European debut in Verona in 1947, and the distinguished mezzo-soprano Fedora Barbieri (Amneris). But it is the baritone Tito Gobbi (Amonasro) who inspires Callas to the height of her vocal and dramatic powers in their impassioned duet in the Nile Scene. The two singers never performed this opera together on stage, but in the studio they create in sound alone a complete realisation of this great scene, which here becomes the emotional heart of the opera. Her final appearances as Aida in the opera house were at Covent Garden and the Verona Arena in 1953, making 33 performances in all.

Tracklist:

01 - Aida: Prelude
02 - Act 1: "Si, corre voce che I'Etiope ardisca" (Ramfis, Radamès)
03 - Act 1: "Se quel gerriero io fossil!" (Radamès)
04 - Act 1: "Celeste Aida" (Radamès)
05 - Act 1: "Quale insolita gioia nel tuo sguardo!" (Amneris, Radamès)
06 - Act 1: "Vieni, o diletta appressati" (Amneris, Aida, Radamès)
07 - Act 1: "Alta cagion v'aduna" (King, Messenger, Aida, Radamès, Amneris, Ministers, Captains)
08 - Act 1: "Su! del Nilo al sacro lido" (King, Ramfis, Ministers, Captains, Aida, Radamès, Amneris, Priests, Messenger)
09 - Act 1: "Ritorna vincitor!" (Aida)
10 - Act 1: "Possente Ftha…Tu che dal nulla hai Tratto"! (Priestess, Ramfis, Priests)
11 - Act 1: "Immenso Ftha…Mortal, diletto ai Numi" (Priestess, Ramfiss, Priests)
12 - Act 1: "Nume, custode e vindice" (Ramfis, Radamès, Priests, Priestess)
13 - Act 2: "Chi mai fra gl'inni e i plausi" (Slave Girls, Amneris)
14 - Act 2: Dance of the Moorish slaves
15 - Act 2: "Vieni, sul crin ti piovano" (Slave Girls, Amneris)
16 - Act 2: "Fu la sorte dell'ammi a'tuoi funesta" (Amneris, Aida)
17 - Act 2: "Pieta ti prenda del mio dolor" (Aida, Chorus, Amneris)
18 - Act 2: "Su! del Nilo al sacro lido…Numi, Pieta" (Chorus, Aida, Amneris)
19 - Act 2: "Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside" (People, Priests)
20 - Act 2: Triumphal march
21 - Act 2: Ballet
22 - Act 2: "Vieni, o guerriero vindice" (People, Priests)
23 - Act 2: "Salvator della patria" (King, Radamès, Ramfis, Priests)
24 - Act 2: "Che veggo! Egli? Mio padre!….Anch'io pugnai…Ma tu, Re, Tu signore possente" (Aida, Slave Girls, Prisoners, 25 - Act 2: "Il dolor che in quel volto favella" (All)
26 - Act 2: "O Re, Pei sacri Numi….Gloria all'Egitto" (All)
27 - Act 3: "O tu che sei d'Osiride" (Chorus, Ramfis, Amneris)
28 - Act 3: "Vieni d'Iside al tempio" (Chorus, Ramfis, Amneris)
29 - Act 3: "Qui Radamès verrà" (Aida)
30 - Act 3: "O patria mia" (Aida)
31 - Act 3: "Ciel! mio padre!" (Aida, Amonasro)
32 - Act 3: "Rivedrai le foreste imbalsamate" (Aida, Amonasro)
33 - Act 3: "Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida" (Aida, Radamès)
34 - Act 3: "Nel fiero anelito di nuova guerra" (Radamès, Aida)
35 - Act 3: "Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti…La, tra forests vergini" (Radamès, Aida)
36 - Act 3: "Ma dimmi; per qual via" (Aida, Radamès, Amonasro, Amneris, Ramfis)
37 - Act 4: "L'abborrita rivale a me sfuggia" (Amneris)
38 - Act 4: "Gia i sacerdoti adunansi" (Amneris, Radamès)
39 - Act 4: "Ohime! morir mi sento!" (Amneris, Amonasro, Chorus)
40 - Act 4: "Spirto del nume" (Amneris, Ramfis)
41 - Act 4: "A lui vivo, la tomba!…Sacerdoti: compiste un delitto!" (Amneris, Ramfis, Priests)
42 - Act 4: "La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse" (Radamès, Aida, Priestess, Priests)
43 - Act 4: "Vedi? Di morte I'angelo…Immenso Ftha" (Radamès, Aida, Priestess, Priests)
44 - Act 4: "O terra addio" (Aida, Radamès, Chorus, Amneris)

Libretto: Antonio Ghislanzoni.
Recorded: August 10–12, 16–20, 23 & 24, 1955, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy.
Newly Remastered from the Original Master tapes at Abbey Road Studios, London, U.K.

Performers:
Maria Callas (Aida)
Richard Tucker (Radamès)
Fedora Barbieri (Amneris)
Tito Gobbi (Amonasro)
Giuseppe Modesti (Ramfis)

Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Milan. Conducted by Tullio Serafin. Chorus master: Norberto Mola.


Analyzed: Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (1-2)
Fedora Barbieri, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (3-4)
Fedora Barbieri, Giuseppe Modesti, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (5-8)
Fedora Barbieri, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (9)
Giuseppe Modesti, Elvira Galassi, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (10-11)
Giuseppe Modesti, Fedora Barbieri, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (12)
Maria Callas, Fedora Barbieri, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (13-14)
Maria Callas, Fedora Barbieri, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (15)
Maria Callas, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (16-18)
Maria Callas, Richard Tucker, Elvira Galassi, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (19-20)
Maria Callas, Richard Tucker, Fedora Barbieri, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (21)
Maria Callas, Richard Tucker, Fedora Barbieri, Giuseppe Modesti, Nicola Zaccaria, Elvira Galassi, Franco Ricciardi, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (22)
Maria Callas, Richard Tucker, Fedora Barbieri, Nicola Zaccaria, Franco Ricciardi, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (23)
Maria Callas, Richard Tucker, Fedora Barbieri, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (24)
Maria Callas, Richard Tucker, Fedora Barbieri, Tito Gobbi, Giuseppe Modesti, Nicola Zaccaria, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (25-26)
Maria Callas, Richard Tucker, Fedora Barbieri, Tito Gobbi, Giuseppe Modesti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (27)
Maria Callas, Richard Tucker, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (28-30)
Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (31-32)
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (33-36)
Richard Tucker, Fedora Barbieri, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (37-38)
Richard Tucker, Giuseppe Modesti, Elvira Galassi, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (39)
Richard Tucker, Giuseppe Modesti, Nicola Zaccaria, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (40)
Richard Tucker, Giuseppe Modesti, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (41)
Richard Tucker, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin / Verdi: Aida (1955) (42-43)
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR9 -1.40 dB -14.11 dB 3:24 19-Act 2: "Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside" (People, Priests)
DR7 -0.87 dB -11.27 dB 2:12 22-Act 2: "Vieni, o guerriero vindice" (People, Priests)
DR13 -5.09 dB -22.05 dB 3:01 13-Act 2: "Chi mai fra gl'inni e i plausi" (Slave Girls, Amneris)
DR11 -6.81 dB -22.50 dB 1:40 15-Act 2: "Vieni, sul crin ti piovano" (Slave Girls, Amneris)
DR13 -6.87 dB -24.26 dB 2:16 28-Act 3: "Vieni d'Iside al tempio" (Chorus, Ramfis, Amneris)
DR13 -4.76 dB -24.07 dB 2:31 39-Act 4: "Ohime! morir mi sento!" (Amneris, Amonasro, Chorus)
DR11 -1.96 dB -19.37 dB 5:35 40-Act 4: "Spirto del nume" (Amneris, Ramfis)
DR9 -0.42 dB -13.21 dB 3:21 41-Act 4: "A lui vivo, la tomba!…Sacerdoti: compiste un delitto!" (Amneris, Ramfis, Priests)
DR14 -1.15 dB -21.18 dB 3:08 37-Act 4: "L'abborrita rivale a me sfuggia" (Amneris)
DR12 -15.40 dB -32.29 dB 3:09 10-Act 1: "Possente Ftha…Tu che dal nulla hai Tratto"! (Priestess, Ramfis, Priests)
DR11 -1.86 dB -20.01 dB 2:59 11-Act 1: "Immenso Ftha…Mortal, diletto ai Numi" (Priestess, Ramfiss, Priests)
DR16 -9.91 dB -32.25 dB 2:28 27-Act 3: "O tu che sei d'Osiride" (Chorus, Ramfis, Amneris)
DR9 -2.21 dB -15.52 dB 1:50 17-Act 2: "Pieta ti prenda del mio dolor" (Aida, Chorus, Amneris)
DR9 -1.34 dB -15.10 dB 2:36 18-Act 2: "Su! del Nilo al sacro lido…Numi, Pieta" (Chorus, Aida, Amneris)
DR10 -2.31 dB -17.26 dB 5:33 16-Act 2: "Fu la sorte dell'ammi a'tuoi funesta" (Amneris, Aida)
DR10 -1.18 dB -17.15 dB 6:43 09-Act 1: "Ritorna vincitor!" (Aida)
DR9 -3.08 dB -19.68 dB 1:38 29-Act 3: "Qui Radamès verrà" (Aida)
DR9 -2.07 dB -17.61 dB 5:24 30-Act 3: "O patria mia" (Aida)
DR11 -2.06 dB -19.64 dB 4:22 42-Act 4: "La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse" (Radamès, Aida, Priestess, Priests)
DR9 -2.50 dB -16.93 dB 1:42 43-Act 4: "Vedi? Di morte I'angelo…Immenso Ftha" (Radamès, Aida, Priestess, Priests)
DR9 -2.32 dB -16.84 dB 4:56 44-Act 4: "O terra addio" (Aida, Radamès, Chorus, Amneris)
DR8 -0.86 dB -11.86 dB 2:57 08-Act 1: "Su! del Nilo al sacro lido" (King, Ramfis, Ministers, Captains, Aida, Radamès, Amneris, Priests, Messenger)
DR10 -1.55 dB -16.19 dB 3:16 07-Act 1: "Alta cagion v'aduna" (King, Messenger, Aida, Radamès, Amneris, Ministers, Captains)
DR9 -1.90 dB -15.69 dB 2:56 06-Act 1: "Vieni, o diletta appressati" (Amneris, Aida, Radamès)
DR6 -1.04 dB -11.71 dB 2:13 25-Act 2: "Il dolor che in quel volto favella" (All)
DR8 -0.58 dB -12.85 dB 5:19 26-Act 2: "O Re, Pei sacri Numi….Gloria all'Egitto" (All)
DR8 -1.03 dB -13.51 dB 3:16 36-Act 3: "Ma dimmi; per qual via" (Aida, Radamès, Amonasro, Amneris, Ramfis)
DR9 -2.43 dB -16.38 dB 1:23 33-Act 3: "Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida" (Aida, Radamès)
DR10 -1.87 dB -15.59 dB 1:41 34-Act 3: "Nel fiero anelito di nuova guerra" (Radamès, Aida)
DR9 -0.72 dB -14.86 dB 6:17 35-Act 3: "Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti…La, tra forests vergini" (Radamès, Aida)
DR11 -2.28 dB -17.41 dB 1:09 31-Act 3: "Ciel! mio padre!" (Aida, Amonasro)
DR10 -0.16 dB -14.55 dB 6:57 32-Act 3: "Rivedrai le foreste imbalsamate" (Aida, Amonasro)
DR11 -5.23 dB -23.37 dB 3:47 01-Prelude
DR12 -5.89 dB -22.97 dB 1:31 14-Act 2: Dance of the Moorish slaves
DR11 -3.30 dB -17.54 dB 1:39 20-Act 2: Triumphal march
DR13 -4.01 dB -21.72 dB 4:19 21-Act 2: Ballet
DR12 -3.07 dB -20.37 dB 3:26 05-Act 1: "Quale insolita gioia nel tuo sguardo!" (Amneris, Radamès)
DR10 -1.00 dB -15.44 dB 6:37 38-Act 4: "Gia i sacerdoti adunansi" (Amneris, Radamès)
DR9 -1.26 dB -15.46 dB 3:56 12-Act 1: "Nume, custode e vindice" (Ramfis, Radamès, Priests, Priestess)
DR12 -3.33 dB -20.87 dB 2:08 23-Act 2: "Salvator della patria" (King, Radamès, Ramfis, Priests)
DR13 -6.77 dB -24.30 dB 1:33 02-Act 1: "Si, corre voce che I'Etiope ardisca" (Ramfis, Radamès)
DR9 -3.71 dB -17.78 dB 1:00 03-Act 1: "Se quel gerriero io fossil!" (Radamès)
DR7 -3.06 dB -15.86 dB 3:29 04-Act 1: "Celeste Aida" (Radamès)
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Number of tracks: 43
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1358 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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