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Maria Callas, Orch del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin - Puccini: Turandot (1957/2014) [HDTracks]

6-06-2016, 09:39
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Title: Puccini: Turandot
Year Of Release: 2014 (1957)
Label: Warner Classics
Genre: Classical, Opera
Quality: FLAC (tracks) [24Bit/96kHz]
Total Time: 01:58:22
Total Size: 1,25 GB (d.booklet)

Recorded: 9–13 & 15.VII.1957, Teatro alla Scala, Milan.

Maria Callas’s outstanding assumption of the title role was recognised as such by Opera magazine’s important recorded performances series in the 1970s. She was placed alongside Eva Turner as its pre-eminent interpreter to date in a list already including Gina Cigna, Birgit Nilsson and Inge Borkh. Callas had sung the role ‘live’ in Italy (Venice, Rome, Verona, Genoa and Naples) and South America (Buenos Aires) 24 times in 18 months in 1948–9 but then dropped it from her repertoire. So when Columbia’s Walter Legge-produced set was made at La Scala in July 1957, she had not sung a complete Turandot for eight years or recorded even excerpts from it since 1954 (‘In questa reggia’ and the two Liù arias).
Parts of Act III from her last run of performances (at the Teatro Colón) have survived. The voice may have been more forceful – Callas was then a dramatic soprano whose repertoire was based on Turandot, Aida, Leonora (Forza), Norma, Abigaille and Kundry. The commanding presence of a dangerous virgin Empress who will kill for the sake of a centuries-old vendetta is certainly there. But the interpretation lacks the detail that Callas would mine from the motivation of her gradual sexual awakening after Liù’s death or the ecstatic, resolving announcement in Act III (‘Padre augusto, conosco il nome dello straniero! Il suo nome è… Amor!’). Here Callas found the personal psychological colouring that so fascinated her in the parts of Violetta, Lucia or in Act III of Aida, layers often lacking in Puccini performances.
The conducting of Tullio Serafin, Callas’s mentor in this role as in so many others, is a contributing factor to her enhanced view of the title role. Serafin, rather than exploring the relative modernity of Puccini’s harmonies or the ‘oriental’ colouring of his orchestration (as, say, Stokowski would in his Metropolitan performances a few years later), takes an almost Wagnerian, symphonic approach to the score. Line and narrative outrank local colour. Of interest also in the cast are Legge’s wife Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (a close friend of Callas) as Liù and Giuseppe Nessi, who created the role of Pang in 1926, as the Emperor.


Giacomo Puccini 1858–1924

Opera in three acts
Libretto: Giuseppe Adami & Renato Simoni after Carlo Gozzi
Last duet and finale of the opera completed by Franco Alfano

01 Popolo di Pekino! (Mandarino/Folla/Liu) 2.51
02 Padre! Mio padre! 1.28
03 Perduta la battaglia (Il principe ignoto [Calaf]/Liù/Folla/Timur) 1.09
04 Gira la cote! Gira! (Folla/Servi del boia) 2.31
05 Perché tarda la luna? (Folla) 3.46
06 Là, sui monti dell’est (Ragazzi) 1.13
07 O giovinetto! (Folla/Principe/Sacerdoti bianchi) 5.07
08 Figlio, che fai? (Timur/Principe/Liù/Folla) 1.35
09 Fermo! che fai? T’arresta! (Ministri [Ping/Pong/Pang]/Principe) 1.52
10 Silenzio, olà! (Ancelle/Ministri/Principe) 1.20
11 Guardalo, Pong! (Ministri/Timur) 0.58
12 Non indugiare! (Fantasmi/Principe/Ministri/Timur) 2.11
13 Signore, ascolta! (Liu) 2.25
14 Non piangere, Liù! (Principe/Liù/Timur) 2.16
15 Ah! per l’ultima volta! (Timur/Liù/Ministri/Principe/Coro) 2.27

Scene One
16 Olà, Pang! Olà, Pong! 1.26
17 O Cina, o Cina 2.06
18 Ho una casa nell’Honan (Ministri) 3.16
19 O mondo, pieno di pazzi innamorati! (Ministri/Coro) 1.10
20 Addio, amore! 2.51
21 Noi si sogna (Ministri) 0.25
Scene Two
22 Gravi, enorme ed impotenti (Folla) 4.20
23 Un giuramento atroce mi costringe (Imperatore/Principe) 3.15
24 Diecimila anni ai nostro Imperatore! (Folla/Mandarino/Ragazzi) 3.03
25 In questa reggia (Turandot/Folla/Principe) 6.19
26 Straniero, ascolta! Nella cupa notte (Turandot/Principe/Sapienti) 2.28
27 Giuzza al pari di fiamma (Turandot/Imperatore/Folla/Liù/Principe/Sapienti) 2.19
28 Gelo che ti dà foco (Turandot/Principe/Sapienti/Folla) 2.24
29 Gloria, o vincitore! (Folla) 1.00
30 Figlio del cielo! (Turandot/Imperatore/Folla/Principe) 2.54
31 Tre engimi m’hai proposto! (Principe/Imperatore) 2.07
32 Ai tuoi piedi ci prostriam (Folla) 2.26

Scene One
33 Così comanda Turandot (Araldi/Voci lontane) 3.22
34 Nessun dorma! (Principe/Voci di donne) 2.53
35 Tu che guardi le stelle (Ministri/Principe/Donne/Folla/Sgherri) 3.47
36 Principessa divina! (Ping/Turandot/Principe/Liù/Folla) 2.43
37 Quel nome! (Ping/Liù/Timur/Principe/Folla/Turandot) 1.21
38 L’amore?…Tanto amore, segreto e inconfessato (Turandot/Liù/Ping/Principe/Folla) 3.19
39 Tu, che di gel sei cinta (Liù/Folla/Principe/Timur/Ping) 5.32
40 Liù… bontà! (Timur/Ministri/Folla) 2.58
41 Principessa di morte! (Principe/Turandot) 3.20
42 Che è mai di me? Perduta! (Turandot/Principe/Coro) 3.14
43 Del primo pianto! Sì…La mia gloria è il tuo amplesso! (Turandot/Principe) 5.09
Scene Two
44 Diecimila anni ai nostro Imperatore! (Folla/Turandot) 3.33

Maria Callas, soprano (Turandot)
Eugenio Fernandi, tenor (Calaf)
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano (Liu)
Mario Borriello, baritone (Ping)
Renato Ercolani, tenor (Pang)
Piero De Palma, tenor (Pong)
Nicola Zaccaria, bass (Timur)
Giuseppe Nessi, tenor (L'imperatore Altoum)
Giulio Mauri, baritone (Un mandarino)
Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Milan
Tullio Serafin, conductor

Maria Callas, Orch del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin - Puccini: Turandot (1957/2014) [HDTracks]

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