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Verdi: Aida CD (Tullio Serafin)

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: 'One is in the presence of a tremendous singing-artist whose will-power and art are brandished at you in such a way that faults mean nothing.' (Gramophone)

One of the legendary moments in Callas’ career came in 1950 in Mexico City, when she interpolated a stupendous top E flat at the end of the Triumphal Scene in Act II of Aida. In this recording under Serafin she abided by the score, but still prompted Gramophone to speak of her ‘fascinating art and prodigious personality’, observing the way she was ‘rapt in imaginative intensity in the significance of the words’.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Aida: Maria Callas
Amneris: Fedora Barbieri
Radamès: Richard Tucker
Amonasro: Tito Gobbi
Ramfis: Giuseppe Modesti
King of Egypt: Nicola Zaccaria 

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala
Chorus Master: Norberto Mola
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Year: 1955
Remastered: 2014
Running Time: 2 CDs