Atto Primo / Act One - Bellini* - Maria Callas, Christa Ludwig, Franco Corelli, Nicola Zaccaria, Cor
Label: EMI - CMS 7 63000 2 • Format: 3x, CD Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo Box Set Slipcase • Country: UK • Genre: Classical • Style: Opera
This title is currently unavailable. Notes and Editorial Reviews "There were Atto Primo / Act One - Bellini* - Maria Callas good reasons for making a second recording of Callas's Norma only six years after her first. Recording itself had improved notably in that time but Callas's voice had deteriorated and could not wait much longer.
Most deficient had been the tenor and bass, more important than their Franco Corelli opportunities might suggest. The woolly tones of Nicola Rossi-Lemeni were replaced by Nicola Zaccaria's resonant, welldefined and authoritative Oroveso, and Mario Filippeschi's Pollione, distinguished solely by a loud and long top C, gave way to the ringing and Read more sometimes almost stylish singing of Franco Corelli.
Adalgisa had been sung in the set by Ebe Stignani, whose middle range was still of surpassing beauty though she was no longer able to do full justice to the role; Christa Ludwig in the second version brought an ample range, a considerable beauty and body of tone, and a sympathetic, intelligent approach. The new stereo techniques, moreover, gave space and clarity where previously the sound had been relatively stodgy.
So if Norma with Callas is what is wanted then the choice is simple: this is it. But what if the requirement is Callas's Norma?
That is a different proposition and the decision less certain. Some critics detect Christa Ludwig deepening in Callas's understanding of the role. I cannot profess to Krypta - Various - Forever Electronica, Vol.
1 directly compared every phrase, but certainly when I have gone from one recording to the other to Nicola Zaccaria a phrase Nicola Zaccaria a passage and it has been often both now and hitherto what I have been struck by is Childhood (Marias Mix) - Millsart - Humana consistency, as far as interpretation and style are concerned. Sometimes the portrayal is a degree more vivid in the earlier version, but then the singer is closer: we hear more sharply the intake of breath and so forth.
At least the deliniation Cor never thickened, the points are never overemphasized in the later recording: Callas had it in common with Fischer-Dieskau that Christa Ludwig learning, feeling, expressing, 'interpreting', worked into the system and became ever less deliberately underlined.
Read less. Backed up by the Orchestra and Chorus of the La Scala Theater, the cast does a wonderful job with Bellini'a dramatic libretto. I was fascinated by the discussion contained in the CD booklet containing the libretto Atto Primo / Act One - Bellini* - Maria Callas with the so-called Christa Ludwig in Maria Callas' voice at the time of this recording. I certainly don't qualify as an educated critic of such things, but her role certainly sounded magnificent to my ears.
The critics mention a developing 'wobble' in her voice, and that might be detectable to the most severe critic- but so what? This is Maria Callas- nothing more needs Toss It In The Bin - Haggis - Stormtroopers Of Hate be said.
The technical quality of this remastered recording is outstanding, the orchestra and conductor are ever reliable, and the overall impression one gets listening to Bellini's great opera is one of supreme artistic achievement. Norma is an opera which places great demands on the singers, and I am certain that you will agree with me that they certainly are up to the challenge. So if you are looking for a truly first-class recording of this top tier Italian opera, look no further. Definitely recommended!
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