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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 - Maria Callas Live: Remastered Recordings 1949-1964 (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Maria Callas - Maria Callas Live: Remastered Recordings 1949-1964 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 44:02:48 | 20.7 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

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. 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 - 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.

Frediano Sessi - Foibe rosse. Vita di Norma Cossetto uccisa in Istria nel '43  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by Karabas91 at Jan. 11, 2018
Frediano Sessi - Foibe rosse. Vita di Norma Cossetto uccisa in Istria nel '43

Frediano Sessi - Foibe rosse. Vita di Norma Cossetto uccisa in Istria nel '43
Italian | 2015 | 149 pages | ASIN: B0067MKI70 | EPUB | 3,1 MB

Norma Cassetto venne gettata ancora viva nella foiba di Villa Surani nella notte tra il 4 e il 5 ottobre del 1943. Aveva ventitré anni ed era iscritta al quarto anno di lettere e filosofia, all'Università di Padova. I suoi assassini, partigiani di Tito, che dopo il crollo del regime fascista tentano di prendere il potere in Istria non hanno pietà della sua giovinezza e innocenza e, prima di ucciderla, la violentano brutalmente. L'assassinio di Norma Cossetto e di tutti quegli uomini e quelle donne che furono infoibati o morirono a causa delle torture subite, annegati in mare per mano dei "titini" mostra verso quale orizzonte ci si dirige "quando si ritiene che la verità della vita è lotta, e che non tutti gli esseri umani sono provvisti della medesima dignità".

Tim Bauerschmidt, Ramie Liddle - In viaggio con Miss Norma  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by Karabas91 at Jan. 8, 2018
Tim Bauerschmidt, Ramie Liddle - In viaggio con Miss Norma

Tim Bauerschmidt, Ramie Liddle - In viaggio con Miss Norma
Italian | 2017 | 295 pages | ISBN: 8867003097 | EPUB | 6,8 MB
Patrizia Cigna & Adriano Sebastiani - Weber: Complete Songs for Voice and Guitar (2017)

Patrizia Cigna & Adriano Sebastiani - Weber: Complete Songs for Voice and Guitar (2017)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 228 MB
Label: Brilliant Classics | Tracks: 21 | Time: 59:33 min

The German tradition of Lieder accompanied by guitar is overlooked but surprisingly rich. Several of the great Lieder singers have recorded Schubert songs with guitar (Christoph Pregardien and Peter Schreier principal among them), and to highly expressive effect. In many ways the change of instrument draws back these songs to their medieval heritage, to the Minnesänger (minstrels, or troubadours) who fulfilled courtly functions, or at a more humble level travelled from town to town, lute slung over the back, entertaining nobles and commoners alike with tales of love and war.