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Maria Callas (2CDs)

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CHERUBINI
Medea
MEDEA: Maria Callas
GIASONE: Jon Vickers
NERIS: Fiorenza Cossotto
CREONTE: Nicola Zaccaria
GLAUCE: Joan Carlyle
FIRST MAIDSERVANT: Mary Wells
SECOND MAIDSERVANT: Elizabeth Rust
CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD: David Allen
The Covent Garden Opera Chorus & Orchestra
Nicola Rescigno
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT GARDEN, LONDON,
30 JUNE 1959

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Maria Callas was one of the most renowned opera singers of the twentieth century.  Hailed as La Divina, and described by Bernstein as ‘The Bible of opera’, her influence was so enduring that, in 2006, Opera News wrote of her: ‘Nearly thirty years after her death, she's still the definition of the diva as an artist – and still one of classical music’s best-selling vocalists.’

Callas first performed Cherubini's Medea in 1953 and continued to perform the role throughout the 1950s and 1960s. This performance on 30 June 1959 at the Royal Opera House received rave reviews: ‘Callas builds her performance into one powerful line of increasing tension. It is the kind of performance which spoils one for anything less from the opera stage.’(George Mayer, American Record Guide).

Supported by a strong cast of Jon Vickers, Fiorenza Cossotto and Nicola Zaccaria, ICA Classics’ careful remastering and excellent sound sets this recording apart from all other versions of the opera.

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LUIGI CHERUBINI 1760–1842

Medea

Medea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maria Callas

Glauce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joan Carlyle

Neris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fiorenza Cossotto

Giasone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jon Vickers

Creonte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicola Zaccaria

Prima ancella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Wells

Seconda ancella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elizabeth Rust

Capo delle guardie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Allen

 

The Covent Garden Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Nicola Rescigno

 

CD 1 Act I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54.33

 

CD 2 Acts II & III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75.20

 

Total timing                                                                                                    129.53

 

Cherubini: Medea

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Aurelie B
25/Feb/2014

[...] this is the one to have if you want to hear La Divina in finest form in a favourite role and worthily accompanied.

Ralph Moore @ MusicWeb International

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    OFFLINE O
    09/Jan/2014

    Callas herself is in terrific form… a worthwhile addition to the catalogue.

    Gramophone

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