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Maria Callas - Soprano Assoluta
 



Title: Maria Callas - Soprano Assoluta
Label: BJR Enterprises
Reference: BJR 143
Catalogue: MC-VIN-032
Media format: LP vinyl disc, 12", 33⅓ rpm, 3 discs, 6 sides
Year: 1977
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     These three records of concert performances by Maria Callas might well be considered one of the most spectacular and important vocal collections ever produced. A sweeping statement, surely, but one borne out by incomparable singing throughout a wide range of material and interpretations which convey the soprano's remarkable contribution to the art of opera in the 20th Century. Selections contained herein span the soprano's greatest years, the decade 1949-1959, from her early days as leading prima donna in Italy, to her reign as international artist of first magnitude.
     In the age of recording, there have been few recognized titans, those whose impact carried from Buenos Aires to Tokyo, Milwaukee to Moscow, their names familiar even to the non-musical. Toscanini, Chaliapin and Caruso are foremost examples of that rare few, who by force of unique talent and personality changed the course of musical history in our time. Callas stands among them. Whether through some evolutionary need in music, or, if you will, some design of the gods, Maria Callas presides over a musical elite whose legends will prevail as long as recording technology exists to document their achievements. (© 1977, Bruce Saxon).


By courtesy of Charles Johson and Santiago Rodríguez of BJR, and Dagoberto Jorge.

Booklet (PDF)  |  Cover image

 

 


 



Side 1 (vinyl disc)
Catalogue: MC-VIN-032.1
Media format: LP vinyl disc, 12", 33⅓ rpm
Matrix number: BJR-1431-A-E-1
Audio (MP3)  |  Label image

 
    

Side 1 (master tape reel)
Catalogue: MC-RTR-082.1

Media format: 10.5" Reel-to-reel tape, 15 ips
Tape number: BJR-1431-A-E-2
Audio (MP3)  |  Box image  |  Reel image

 

1. Casta diva ... Ah! bello a me ritorna (Norma, Vincenzo Bellini)
    CETRA recording, Torino, Rai Auditorium
    Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della Rai, Arturo Basile conductor
    November 1949

2. Vieni! t'affretta! ... Or tutti sorgete, ministri infernali (Macbeth, Giuseppe Verdi)
    Radio broadcast, Torino, Rai Studios, Grandi concerti Martini e Rossi
    Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della Rai, Oliviero de Fabritiis conductor
    18 February 1952

3. Il dolce suono ... Ardon gl'incensi (Lucia di Lammermoor, Gaetano Donizetti)
    Radio broadcast, Torino, Rai Studios, Grandi concerti Martini e Rossi
    Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della Rai, Oliviero de Fabritiis conductor
    18 February 1952

 


 



Side 2 (vinyl disc)
Catalogue: MC-VIN-032.2
Media format: LP vinyl disc, 12", 33⅓ rpm
Matrix number: BJR-1431-B-E-1
Audio (MP3)  |  Label image

 
    

Side 2 (master tape reel)
Catalogue: MC-RTR-082.2

Media format: 10.5" Reel-to-reel tape, 15 ips
Tape number: BJR-1431-B-E-2
Audio (MP3)  |  Box image  |  Reel image

 

1. Ben io t'invenni, o fatal scritto! ... Anch'io dischiuso un giorno (Nabucco, Giuseppe Verdi)
    Radio broadcast, Torino, Rai Studios, Grandi concerti Martini e Rossi
    Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della Rai, Oliviero de Fabritiis conductor
    18 February 1952

2. Dov'è l'indina bruna? (Lakmé, Léo Delibes)
    Radio broadcast, Torino, Rai Studios, Grandi concerti Martini e Rossi
    Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della Rai, Oliviero de Fabritiis conductor
    18 February 1952

3. Tutte le torture (Il ratto dal serraglio, Wolfgang A. Mozart)
    Radio broadcast, Sanremo, Teatro dell’Opera del Casinò Municipale, Grandi concerti Martini e Rossi
    Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della Rai, Alfredo Simonetto conductor
    27 December 1954

4. Depuis le jour (Louise, Gustave Charpentier)
    Radio broadcast, Sanremo, Teatro dell’Opera del Casinò Municipale, Grandi concerti Martini e Rossi
    Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della Rai, Alfredo Simonetto conductor
    27 December 1954

 


 



Side 3 (vinyl disc)
Catalogue: MC-VIN-032.3
Media format: LP vinyl disc, 12", 33⅓ rpm
Matrix number: BJR-1432-A-E-1
Audio (MP3)  |  Label image

 
    

Side 3 (master tape reel)
Catalogue: MC-RTR-082.3

Media format: 10.5" Reel-to-reel tape, 15 ips
Tape number: BJR-1432-A-E-1
Audio (MP3)  |  Box image  |  Reel image

 

1. D'amour al dolce impero (Armida, Gioachino Rossini)
    Radio broadcast, Sanremo, Teatro dell’Opera del Casinò Municipale, Grandi concerti Martini e Rossi
    Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della Rai, Alfredo Simonetto conductor
    27 December 1954

2. Ahimè! che notte oscura ... Ombra leggiera (Dinorah, Giacomo Meyerbeer)
    Radio broadcast, Sanremo, Teatro dell’Opera del Casinò Municipale, Grandi concerti Martini e Rossi
    Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della Rai, Alfredo Simonetto conductor
    27 December 1954

3. Tu che invoco con onore (La vestale, Gaspare Spontini)
    Radio broadcast, Milan, Rai Studios, Grandi concerti Martini e Rossi
    Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della Rai, Alfredo Simonetto conductor
    27 September 1956

 


 



Side 4 (vinyl disc)
Catalogue: MC-VIN-032.4
Media format: LP vinyl disc, 12", 33⅓ rpm
Matrix number: BJR-1432-B-E-1
Audio (MP3)  |  Label image

 
    

Side 4 (master tape reel)
Catalogue: MC-RTR-082.4

Media format: 10.5" Reel-to-reel tape, 15 ips
Tape number: BJR-1432-B-E-1
Audio (MP3)  |  Box image  |  Reel image

 

1. Bel raggio lusinghier (Semiramide, Gioachino Rossini)
    Radio broadcast, Milan, Rai Studios, Grandi concerti Martini e Rossi
    Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della Rai, Alfredo Simonetto conductor
    27 September 1956

2.
Ai vostri giochi ... Vi voglio offrir dei fiori ... Dorme in sen (Hamlet, Ambroise Thomas)
    Radio broadcast, Milan, Rai Studios, Grandi concerti Martini e Rossi
    Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della Rai, Alfredo Simonetto conductor
    27 September 1956

3. Oh, vieni al tempio (I puritani, Vincenzo Bellini)
    Radio broadcast, Milan, Rai Studios, Grandi concerti Martini e Rossi
    Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della Rai, Alfredo Simonetto conductor
    27 September 1956

 


 



Side 5 (vinyl disc)
Catalogue: MC-VIN-032.5
Media format: LP vinyl disc, 12", 33⅓ rpm
Matrix number: BJR-1433-A-E-1 (1st version)
Matrix number: BJR-1433-A-E-2 (2nd version)
Audio - 1st (MP3)  |  Audio - 2nd (MP3)
Label image

 
    

Side 5 (master tape reel)
Catalogue: MC-RTR-082.5

Media format: 10.5" Reel-to-reel tape, 15 ips
Tape number: BJR-1433-A-E-2
Audio (MP3)  |  Box image  |  Reel image

 

1. Pace, pace mio Dio! (La forza del destno, Giuseppe Verdi)
    Athens, Herodes Atticus Amphitheater (Athens Festival)
    Orchestra of the National Greek Radio, Antonino Votto conductor
    5 August 1957

2. Dolce e calmo (Tristano e Isotta, Richard Wagner)
    Athens, Herodes Atticus Amphitheater (Athens Festival)
    Orchestra of the National Greek Radio, Antonino Votto conductor
    5 August 1957

3. Una voce poco fa (Il barbieri di Siviglia, Gioachino Rossini)
    Paris, Palais Garnier, Légion d'Honneur gala
    Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris, Georges Sébastian conductor
    19 December 1958

4. Sì, mi chiamano Mimì (La bohème, Giacomo Puccini)
    Television broadcast (ITN), London, Wood Green Empire Theatre
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent conductor
    3 October 1959

5. L'altra notte in fondo al mare (Mefistofele, Arrigo Boito)
    Television broadcast (ITN), London, Wood Green Empire Theatre
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent conductor
    3 October 1959

 


 



Side 6 (vinyl disc)
Catalogue: MC-VIN-032.6
Media format: LP vinyl disc, 12", 33⅓ rpm
Matrix number: BJR-1433-B-E-1
Audio (MP3)  |  Label image

 
    

Side 6 (master tape reel)
Catalogue: MC-RTR-082.6

Media format: 10.5" Reel-to-reel tape, 15 ips
Tape number: BJR-1433-B-E-1
Audio (MP3)  |  Box image  |  Reel image

 

1. O rendetemi la speme ... Qui la voce sua soave ... Vien, diletto e in ciel la luna (I puritani, Vincenzo Bellini)
    Rehearsal, Dallas, State Fair Music Hall
    Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Nicola Rescigno conductor
    20 November 1957

2. Oh! s’io potessi ... Col sorriso d’innocenza ... Qual suon ferale ... O sole, ti vela (Il pirata, Vincenzo Bellini)
    New York, Carnegie Hall (concert of complete opera)
    American Opera Society Orchestra, Nicola Rescigno conductor
    27 January 1959