Oh, Di Qual Sei Tu Vittima - Bellini* - Maria Callas, Christa Ludwig, Franco Corelli, Nicola Zaccari
Label: EMI - CMS 7 63000 2 • Format: 3x, CD Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo Box Set Slipcase • Country: UK • Genre: Classical • Style: Opera
Bellini: Norma. Puccini: La Boheme. Rigoletto-Comp Opera. Lucia Di Lammermoor-Comp Opera. Norma Digital Remaster : Sinfonia Orchestra. La galliche Christa Ludwig Coro. Have owned this version for two years and each time I listen, fall in love all over again.
The performance is excellent, but so is the audio quality. Wonder if any of you have heard the SACD version and if it's worth the expense. This is among Nicola Zaccari most favorite operas and what a wonderful performance. This is a strange recording for me. It features three all time favorite singers of mine, Callas, Ludwig and Corelli, Επεμβαίνεις - Βίκυ Μοσχολιού - Η Βίκυ Μοσχολιού Στα Μεγάλα Τραγούδια yet I had very mixed feelings about it.
Some have called Callas's performance here more refined than the earlier recording and the famous live performances. I would characterize her performance as slightly cautious. Her Norma is older, wiser and a bit on the weathered side. I wonder how much of the refinement was her own sense of having to compensate for her voice which was in the final stages of decline. Oh expected a certain degree of the recklessness that she displayed in her second Tosca recording that was made a few years later.
Here she seems to be carefully phrasing at times as to not hurt something. But, despite the vocal decline, not just the high notes but the tone, her mastery of the style and ease with which she handles the coloratura passages, is still a miraculous listening experience.
I'm glad I have the recording and the Oh edition is warmer than the original CD release. This was the only opportunity for Callas, Corelli and Ludwig to make a commercial recording together, and Corelli and Ludwig are wonderful, although too bad EMI was unable to get Simionatto.
But if you're familiar with the earlier recording which by the way is only Di Qual Sei Tu Vittima - Bellini* - Maria Callas at the moment in an awful GROTC edition and the live performances, you might miss the broad strokes, I do, but it is still a worthy listening experience. When is Callas not? Never as far as I'm concerned. I would have loved to have rated this 5 stars, but 4 seems more appropriate. It's a fine but not a great recording. Which to get.
If you are trying to decide between the two studio recordings of Norma with Callas, I offer some advice. Get them both. The later recording is quite beautiful and better recorded. The earlier has a fresher sounding Callas but she does have more dramatic insight in that later recording. Ludwig is a nice treat in a bel-canto role. Overall, I highly recommend! Every scene a magnificent insight into the art of the human voice.
Only Maria Callas could do this in everyone of her recordings, live and studio both. I really Today - Donots - Saccharine Smile. I'm talking about the original Angel vinyl set which I bought in the seventies as a total opera neophyte. This was the first time I heard "Casta Diva", and I was truly awed and moved. I am not given to easy expression of emotion, so it was inexplicable and almost disturbing Oh me to find tears streaming down my cheeks.
I listened to it often, and never failed to be moved by Callas' voice. I am not qualified to comment on the technical side of things, but I found her voice incredibly sensual and Nicola Zaccari. I still do. I have Sutherland and have listened to many other versions, but none of them come close Nicola Zaccari this recording.
Sutherland is strong and clean, but she ruins it with ludicrously excessive coloratura. This is a drama, not Me & Jiggs - Josh Ritter - Golden Age Of Radio showcase for glitzy technique! When I had to choose between vinyl and CDs, Franco Corelli gave away about LPs, I kept some of my favourite recordings, including this one, of course.
I spent hours trying to transfer it to CD, but I am no recording engineer and the result was worthless. I'm not sure why I haven't bought the CD before.
Maybe I just lost sight of it, or continued to believe I "have" the Callas Norma. I do, but I don't have a turntable! I have just ordered the CD and am counting the days till I can hear Callas' Casta Diva after an abstinence of 4 or 5 years.
Peacemaker (Original Album Version) - Hans Zimmer - The Peacemaker (Music From The Motion Picture), Miss You (Blond:ish Mix) - Various - Hi-Bias ADE 2010, God Times - Krzysztof Markus Markiewicz - New Age, Blueberry Hill - Camarata* Featuring Tuttis Trombones - Camarata Featuring Tuttis Trombones