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Maria Callas - Mad Scenes CD

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Callas Remastered honours the legendary Maria Callas with new transfers of all her studio recordings, made at Abbey Road Studios and using 24-bit 96kHz remastering. For this release, the engineers have returned to the original studio master tapes, bringing new clarity and brilliance to a classic interpretation: 'The unique Maria Callas caught at her most historically impressive' (Gramophone).

Callas did not make complete recordings of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Bellini’s Il pirata, though, as the queen of La Scala, she enjoyed triumphs in both roles in 1957–1958. The vocally and dramatically demanding final scenes of both operas feature in this recital with Ophélie’s mad scene from Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet, another coloratura extravaganza. When this recital first appeared in 1959, Gramophone wrote: ‘This is a most remarkable record, not only for its material … but for its astonishing vividness and dramatic poetry … It has been a thing of much wonder for me.'

Gaetano Donizetti
1. Anna Bolena - Piangete voi ... Al dolce guidami castel natio*
Ambrose Thomas
2. Hamlet - À vos jeux...Partagez-vous mes fleurs... Et maintenant, écoutez ma chanson 
Vincenzo Bellini
3. Il Pirata - Oh! s'io potessi...Col sorriso d'innocenza

 soprano: Maria Callas
*contralto: Monica Sinclair / tenor: John Lanigan / bass: Joseph Rouleau / tenor: Duncan Robertson
Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
Year: 1958
Remastered: 2014
Running Time: 46.92 mins