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Bellini: Norma - Callas, Filippeschi - RAI, Serafin (1955)  Music

Posted by fredoking at Feb. 14, 2010
Bellini: Norma - Callas, Filippeschi - RAI, Serafin (1955)

Vincenzo Bellini: Norma - Callas, Filippeschi - RAI, Serafin (1955)
XLD Rip | FLAC, CUE, LOG | Covers Scans | 2 CD | 472 MB
Classical | Gret Opera Performances | Catalog Number: 66 370 | 2007

With two official EMI versions and five complete live recordings, Norma is at the top of the Callas hit parade, but choosing a single version is a nightmare as each has its virtues, based on the state of the soprano's voice or the surrounding cast. My second choice lies with the 1955 live recording in Roma where nearly perfect performance is sustained by a correct if not excellent sound quality.
Once we get the obvious out of the way–that from 1950 to 1964 (and arguably both before and since) Maria Callas was the greatest Norma available–we have at least a half-dozen of her performances to choose from. Two were recorded in the studio, there's another from London, one or two from Milan, and a couple of others (along with this 1955 performance) from Rome. Here she was in her vocal prime. The voice is in control at all volumes, and from blazing top to cruel/tragic low notes her coloratura is flawless, idiomatic, and always at the service of the music and text. And this security allows her to "read" the role with searing insights, offering us equal parts Norma the Woman and Norma the Warrior. In short, it's as nearly perfect a performance of this role as we're ever going to hear. Her fury and hatred in her last-act confrontation with Pollione is as terrifying as her tenderness with her children is touching.
Partnering her is the somewhat brutal Mario del Monaco, who as usual makes up with vocal splendor what he lacks in nuance, and if the truth be known, he seems to try harder here to vary his approach than in most other recordings we have of his work. Ebe Stignani's Adalgisa is the best combination of girlishness and knowing; she partners Callas well. Giuseppe Modesti's Oroveso is properly booming. Tullio Serafin was a master of the score, and he brings both tautness and lyricism to it. The sound is good enough. This epic performance has been available on many labels (and still is); this is the only one I know of that is pitched properly–the others are sharp.
Robert Levine

Bellini: Norma - Callas, Filippeschi - Scala, Serafin (1954)  Music

Posted by fredoking at Feb. 14, 2010
Bellini: Norma - Callas, Filippeschi - Scala, Serafin (1954)

Vincenzo Bellini: Norma - Callas, Filippeschi - Scala, Serafin (1954)
XLD Rip | FLAC, CUE, LOG | HQ Covers + Booklet | 3 CD | 487 MB
Classical | EMI | Catalog Number: 5 56241 2 | 1997

With two official EMI versions and five complete live recordings, Norma is at the top of the Callas hit parade, but choosing a single version is a nightmare as each has its virtues, based on the state of the soprano's voice or the surrounding cast. My first choice lies with the first 1954 studio recording where the balance between vocal health and emotive quality is as good as one can get for this artist.
This was Maria Callas' first studio-recorded Norma, and it remains a formidable performance. If it doesn't quite have the emotional shadings of her 1960 EMI re-make, it is certainly vocally more secure and in its way just as authoritative. The grandeur of the voice itself is always in evidence; her seeming spontaneity to dramatic situations makes the drama real. Mario Filippeschi's Pollione is impressive–he was a finer tenor than he's given credit for–and Ebe Stignani's Adalgisa is warm and blends superbly with Callas in the duets. Nicola Rossi-Lemeni's Oroveso is a mass of wobbles. Tullio Serafin leads masterfully but observes all the cuts that were standard for the '50s. Most people prefer the 1960 performance, with its clearer delineation between Norma-the-warrior and Norma-the-woman (and for Corelli and Ludwig in the two supporting roles, not to mention the stereo sound), but by 1960 Callas' vocal problems were pretty overt, so you'll have to take the good with the bad. My preference is for the 1955 recording (on Opera d'Oro) with del Monaco under Serafin; its minute-by-minute potency and glorious singing are unmatchable.
Robert Levine
Maria Callas - Live: Remastered Recordings 1949-1964 (2017) (42 CD Box Set)

Maria Callas - Live: Remastered Recordings 1949-1964 (2017) (42 CD Box Set)
MP3 320 kbps | 42CDs, 06:56:13 min | 5,94 Gb | Covers & booklet -> 9,27 mb
Genre: Classical, Opera / Label: Parlophone

Marking the 40th anniversary of Maria Callas’ death (16th September 1977), Maria Callas Live captures the legendary soprano in action on the stages of the world’s great opera houses and concert halls. Thanks to new audio remastering from the best available sources, this set reveals Callas’ compelling genius as a singing actress with a new truthfulness and immediacy. Containing 20 complete operas – including 12 works she never recorded in the studio – and five complete filmed recitals (with two different stagings of Act 2 of Tosca) on Blu-ray, Maria Callas Live is the indispensable complement to Callas Remastered, Warner Classics’ landmark collection of her studio recordings.
Maria Callas - Maria Callas Live: Remastered Recordings 1949-1964 (2017)

Maria Callas - Maria Callas Live: Remastered Recordings 1949-1964
Classical, Opera | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 44:02:48 | 8.73 GB
Label: Warner Classics | Tracks: 815 | Rls.date: 2017

Marking the 40th anniversary of Maria Callas’ death (16th September 1977), Maria Callas Live captures the legendary soprano in action on the stages of the world’s great opera houses and concert halls. Thanks to new audio remastering from the best available sources, this 45-disc set reveals Callas’ compelling genius as a singing actress with a new truthfulness and immediacy.
Maria Callas - Puccini: Turandot (1957/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Puccini: Turandot (1957/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 118:22 minutes | 1,24 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

Turandot - Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini. Recorded in July 1957 in Milan. Performers includes Maria Callas, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Eugenio Fernandi, and more…

The Secret of a Voice - Maria Callas  Music

Posted by dakszhund at Oct. 8, 2009
The Secret of a Voice - Maria Callas

The Secret of a Voice - Maria Callas
EAC RIP | FLAC CUE LOG | 297 MB | No COVER
Classical | 1 CD | Label: Fono Enterprise | Catalogue: FONO 1011 | Release Date: 2001 | RAR 1% Recovery | RS.com

Maria Callas (December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977) was an American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned opera singers of the twentieth century. She combined an impressive bel canto technique with great dramatic gifts. An extremely versatile singer, her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini, and Rossini; further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and, in her early career, the music dramas of Wagner. Her remarkable musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina.

Norma Winstone - Dance Without Answer (2014) {ECM 2333}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at Oct. 22, 2017
Norma Winstone - Dance Without Answer (2014) {ECM 2333}

Norma Winstone - Dance Without Answer (2014) {ECM 2333}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 252 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 147 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 10 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2014 ECM Records | ECM 2333 | 374 3047
Jazz / Vocal Jazz / Folk Jazz / Modern Creative

The third ECM album by the trio of Great British jazz singer Norma Winstone, Italian pianist Glauco Venier and German clarinetist / saxophonist Klaus Gesing was recorded in December 2012 at Auditorio Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano, with Manfred Eicher as producer. Dance Without Answer pools material from diverse sources. Alongside the striking self-penned songs, there are pieces by idiosyncratic singer/songwriters Fred Neil, Nick Drake and Tom Waits, as well as tunes associated with the cinema, with contemporary pop, with a children’s television show and more.

Norma Winstone - Well Kept Secret (1993/2017)  Music

Posted by aasana at Oct. 18, 2017
Norma Winstone - Well Kept Secret (1993/2017)

Norma Winstone - Well Kept Secret (1993/2017)
Jazz | 49:49 min | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 254 MB
Label: Sunnyside Communications

CD reissue. Norma Winstone is one of the most recognizable vocalists from the United Kingdom. During her nearly 50-year career, she has performed in many varieties of situations, from the improvisatory world of avant-garde to the classic tastefulness of the jazz songbook. It was in the effort of getting permission to write lyrics to The Peacocks that Winstone made the acquaintance of the great pianist/composer Jimmy Rowles, who had made a name for himself as the expert accompanist to Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. When asked who would play the piece with her, she subtly asked if Rowles himself would. The subsequent recording Well Kept Secret was the product of their one meeting in Los Angeles in October 1993 and features bassist George Mraz, drummer Joe La Barbara and a guest appearance by Stacy Rowles on flugelhorn playing inspired takes on standards.

Norma Winstone - Stories Yet to Tell (2010) {ECM 2158}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Oct. 14, 2017
Norma Winstone - Stories Yet to Tell (2010) {ECM 2158}

Norma Winstone - Stories Yet to Tell (2010) {ECM 2158}
EAC 0.99pb5 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 600dpi | 306MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 219MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Vocal Jazz

A grande dame of British jazz, Norma Winstone may be approaching her 70th birthday but the east London-born vocalist shows no signs of fading into well-earned retirement just yet. Indeed, the former Azimuth figurehead and veteran collaborator with everyone from pianists John Taylor and Mike Westbrook to Ian Carr and Kenny Wheeler, has made some of the best received albums of her lengthy career during the last decade; not least 2008’s Distances, which garnered a Grammy nomination and a clutch of European jazz awards.
Maria Callas - Maria Callas: Live & Alive (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Maria Callas - Maria Callas: Live & Alive (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 131:50 minutes | 1.02GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

The passion and charisma of Maria Callas, performing live on the stages of the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls, can now be experienced as never before – thanks to new audio remastering from the best available sources. These are performances that played a crucial part in creating the legend of Callas, La Divina, and which keep her thrilling art very much alive.