Callas, Maria

Maria Callas Remastered - Recital: Mad Scenes [1958]

CD 5-inch
22 Sep 2014

Barcode: 0825646340149

Other participants: Philharmonia Orchestra, Nicola Rescigno

Callas did not make complete recordings of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Bellini’s Il pirata, though, as the queen of La Scala, she enjoyed triumphs in both roles in 1957–1958. The vocally and dramatically demanding final scenes of both operas feature in this recital with Ophélie’s mad scene from Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet, another coloratura extravaganza. When this recital first appeared in 1959, Gramophone wrote: ‘This is a most remarkable record, not only for its material … but for its astonishing vividness and dramatic poetry … It has been a thing of much wonder for me.’


Il Pirata, Act 2: "Oh! s'io potessi" (Imogene)  - Maria Callas, Philharmonia Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Nicola Rescigno 

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