Callas, Maria

Gluck: Alceste

2CD
15 Sep 2017

Barcode: 0190295844554

Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Other participants: Carlo Maria Giulini, Renato Gavarini, Paolo Silveri, Rolando Panerai

Alceste, in 1954, was the first of two Gluck operas that Callas sang at La Scala, followed three years later by an Italian version of Iphigénie en Tauride. It was in the 1953-54 season that she rose to become ‘Queen of La Scala’, also singing Medea. Elisabetta (Don Carlo) and Giulia (La Vestale) at the Milanese theatre. Her conductor for Alceste was Carlo Maria Giulini. Describing Callas in the role of the Ancient Greek queen who is prepared to sacrifice herself so that her husband may live, he said: “[She] was opera incarnate – absolute harmony between word, music and action … In all my years in the opera house I have never known an artist like Callas. Hers is no fabricated legend: she truly did have something different.”

4 April 1954 Milano, Teatro alla Scala

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 1: Overture - "Salvate il padre" (Chorus) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
02 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 1: "Sveglia il dolor l'addormentato cor" (Araldo, Chorus) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
03 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 1: "Non piu pianti" (Evandro, Chorus) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
04 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 1: "A voi, nel mio dolor supremo" (Alceste) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
05 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 1: "O dei, del mio fato crudele" (Alceste, Chorus) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
06 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 1: Interlude (Live)  - Maria Callas 
07 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 1: "Allontana, o nume, dal trono" (High Priest, Chorus) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
08 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 1: "O Apollo immortal" (Alceste) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
09 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 1: Interlude (Live)  - Maria Callas 
10 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 1: "E'sensibile Apollo" (High Priest) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
11 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 1: "Entr'oggi il rege morra" (The voice of Oracle, High Priest, Chorus) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
12 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 1: "Che avvenne?" (Alceste) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
13 Gluck: Alceste (Italian Version), Wq. 37, Act 2: "Altro non puoi raccogliere" (Chorus) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
14 Gluck: Alceste (Italian Version), Wq. 37, Act 2: "Lo so, numi, lo so" (Alceste) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
15 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 1: "Divina infernal" (Alceste) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
16 Gluck: Alceste (Italian Version), Wq. 37, Act 2: "Dunque vieni, la morte t'accetta" (Tanato, Alceste) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
Disc 2 
01 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 2: "Spendido sorge il di" (Chorus) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
02 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 2: Dances (Live)  - Maria Callas 
03 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 2: "O mio re!" (A voice, Evandro, Admeto) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
04 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 2: "Dei piu sereni di" (Chorus, Alceste, Admeto) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
05 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 2: "Benigni dei, felici amanti" (Chorus) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
06 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 2: "O divina volutta!" (Admeto, Alceste) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
07 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 2: "Perche nutrire terror cotanto" (Admeto) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
08 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 2: "Tu m'ami, io t'adoro" (Admeto, Alceste) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
09 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 2: "Cotanta grazia" (Chorus) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
10 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 2: "A' vostri lai io pur" (Alceste, Chorus) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
11 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 2: "Troppo, ahi non e" (Evandro) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
12 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 3: "O numi, ispiratemi ardire" (Alceste) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
13 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 3: "Sciagurata, ove vai" (Chorus) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
14 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 3: "O funesta dea" (Alceste) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
15 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 3: "Ciel! Admeto!" (Alceste, Admeto) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
16 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 3: "Vivi e guarda il sovvenir" (Alceste, Admeto) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
17 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 3: "Caronte appella" (Tanato, Chorus, Alceste, Admeto, Apollo) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
18 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 3: "O amici miei!" (Admeto) [Live]  - Maria Callas 
19 Gluck: Alceste, Wq. 37, Act 3: Dances (Live)  - Maria Callas 


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