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Maria Callas sings Great Arias from French Operas (rec. 1961)

Album Summary

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orphée et Eurydice
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Alceste
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila
>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette
>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon
>Massenet, Jules : Le Cid
>Charpentier, Gustave : Louise
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

CALLAS REMASTERED: The Complete Studio Recordings: Maria Callas's complete discography (for the first time joining her EMI Classics and Warner Classics recordings), painstakingly re-mastered using the original tapes, includes a deluxe complete box set of her complete opera and recital recordings, individual recordings, a compilation and two vinyl releases. Callas never sang a role in French on stage, though she had studied French repertoire as a student and one of her most famous roles,Cherubini's Medea, had originally been written in French as Médée. From the early 1960s she made her home in Paris, where in 1961 she recorded this recital of French-language arias for both soprano and mezzo-soprano, composed in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.'The recital ... is a tour de force of sympathetic interpretation,' wrote Gramophone after her death. 'The range is astounding, so much so that hearing the record is both an inspiring and upsetting experience; not merely because of the sense of the early loss of so great an artist[as Callas], but because the plights of these great human archetypes - Orpheus, Alceste, Carmen, Dalila, Chimène and Juliet - are themselves so uplifting and disturbing as Callas presents them to us... Records like this change people's lives.'

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Wagram, Paris (1961-03-28_1961-03-31&1961-).



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>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orphée et Eurydice :: Act IV
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Ensemble: Orchestre National de la RTF
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris (1961-03-28_1961-03-31&1961-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Alceste :: Act I
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris (1961-03-28_1961-03-31&1961-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Act I
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris (1961-03-28_1961-03-31&1961-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Act I
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris (1961-03-28_1961-03-31&1961-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila :: Act I
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris (1961-03-28_1961-03-31&1961-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila :: Act II
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris (1961-03-28_1961-03-31&1961-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila :: Act II
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris (1961-03-28_1961-03-31&1961-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877

>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette :: Act I
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris (1961-03-28_1961-03-31&1961-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1865-1871

>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon :: Act II
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris (1961-03-28_1961-03-31&1961-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1866

>Massenet, Jules : Le Cid :: Act III
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris (1961-03-28_1961-03-31&1961-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Charpentier, Gustave : Louise :: Act III
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris (1961-03-28_1961-03-31&1961-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887-1896