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The Very Best of Maria Callas

The Very Best of Maria Callas
The Very Best of Maria Callas

The Very Best of Maria Callas

Maria Callas

Catalogue Number: ALC 1234

Number of Discs: 1
Date/Runtime: Time: 76:39 AAD/ADD, 1949-61





These recordings reflect the best choices from many for a single disc of ‘La Divina’. “These are (mainly) recordings from the 1950’s when the voice was still in fine condition and the artistry at its most magnetic” (Penguin Guide)

  • 1. Casta diva (Norma:Bellini:Romani) – 5.35
  • 2. Qui la voce (I Puritani:Bellini:Pepoli) – 4.42
    Orchestra of RAI, Turin conducted by Arturo Basile, 1949
  • 3. Ah non credea mirarti (La Sonnambulla:Bellini:Romani) – 4.49
    with Nicola Monti, La Scala, Milan / Antonino Votto, 1957
  • 4. Mad scene (Final section):Spargi d’amaro pianto – 4.10
    (Lucia di Lammermoor:Donizetti:Cammarano)
    Orchestra of RIAS, Berlin / Herbert von Karajan, 1955
  • 5. D’amore al dolce impero (Armida:Rossini:Schmidt)– 6.40
    Orchestra of RAI San Remo / Alfredo Simonetto, 1954
  • 6. Anch’io dischiuso (Nabucco:Verdi:Solera) – 8.15
  • 7. Vieni! t’affretta (Macbeth:Verdi:Piave & Maffei) – 6.06
    Orchestra of RAI Turin / Oliviero de Fabritiis, 1952
  • 8. Ah fors’ e lui.. sempre libera with Cesare Valetti (La Traviata:Verdi:Piave) 9.31
  • 9. Addio del passato (La Traviata:Verdi:Piave) – 4.15
    Orchestra of Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Nicola Rescigno, 1958
  • 10. Suicidio ! (La Gioconda:Ponchielli:Gorrio)– 4.18
    Orchestra of La Scala, Milan / Antonino Votto, 1959
  • 11. Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix (Samson et Dalila:Saint-Saens:Lemaire)– 5.15
    French National Radio Orchestra conducted by Georges Pretre, 1961
  • 12. Ebben? ne andro lontano(La Wally:Catalani:Illica) – 4.53
    Philharmonia Orchestra / Tullio Serafin, 1954
  • 13. Un bel di vedremo (Madama Butterfly:Puccini:Giacosa & Illica)– 4.43
    Orchestra of La Scala, Milan / Herbert von Karajan, 1955
  • 14. Vissi d’arte (Tosca:Puccini:Giacosa & Illica)– 3.15
    Orchestra of La Scala, Milan / Victor de Sabata, 1953