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Bellini - Norma / María Callas Vincenzo Bellini; Tullio Serafin; Maria Callas; Mario Filippeschi; Rina Cavallari; Paolo Caroli and Nicola Rossi-Lemeni

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A recording of Norma is essential for any Maria Callas collection. This intense and musically demanding drama deals with forbidden love, infidelity, conflicting emotions, and death that comes almost as a relief from overwrought passion. It gives Callas golden opportunities for characterization and dramatic gestures in her timing, vocal coloration, verbal and dynamic emphases. Of the half-dozen or more perennially on the market, the first choice is this one, dating from 1954 when her voice was in relatively good shape (although the 1960 EMI recording, also conducted by Tullio Serafin, had even better acting and, in Christa Ludwig, a much better supporting cast). Callas is essential to those who enjoy opera primarily as theatre. The singing is vivid, if typically uneven, and reinforced by Serafin's expert conducting. --Joe McLellan

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia (Orchestra)Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Introduction (Orchestra) ... Ite sul colle (Oroveso/Coro)Nicola Rossi-Lemeni/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin10:01Album Only
listen  3. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Svanir le voci! (Pollione/Flavio)Mario Filippeschi/Paolo Caroli/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Meco all'altar di Venere (Pollione)Mario Filippeschi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Odi?... I suoi riti a compiere (Flavio/Coro/Pollione)Paolo Caroli/Mario Filippeschi/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Me protegge, me difende un poter maggior di loro (Pollione)Mario Filippeschi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Norma viene [Coro]Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Sediziose voci (Norma/Oroveso/Coro)Maria Callas/Nicola Rossi-Lemeni/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Casta diva (Norma/Coro)Maria Callas/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 7:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Fine al rito e il sacro bosco (Norma/Oroveso/Coro)Maria Callas/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Ah! bello a me ritorna (Norma/Oroveso/Coro)Maria Callas/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Sgombra è la sacra selva ... Deh! proteggimi, o Dio! (Adalgisa)Ebe Stignani/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 6:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Eccola! Va, mi lascia ragion non odo (Pollione/Adalgisa)Mario Filippeschi/Ebe Stignani/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Va, crudele, al Dio spietato (Pollione/Adalgisa)Mario Filippeschi/Ebe Stignani/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 1: Vieni in Roma (Pollione/Adalgisa)Mario Filippeschi/Ebe Stignani/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Vanne, e li cela entrambi (Norma/Clotilde)Maria Callas/Rina Cavallari/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Adalgisa!...Alma costanza (Norma/Adalgisa)Maria Callas/Ebe Stignani/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Oh! rimembranza! (Norma/Adalgisa)Maria Callas/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Ah! si! fa core e abbracciami (Norma/Adalgisa)Maria Callas/Ebe Stignani/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Ma di'...l'amato giovane? (Norma/Adalgisa/Pollione)Maria Callas/Ebe Stignani/Mario Filippeschi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Oh! di qual sei tu vittima (Norma/Adalgisa/Pollione)Maria Callas/Ebe Stignani/Mario Filippeschi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Perfido!...Or basti (Norma/Adalgisa/Pollione)Maria Callas/Ebe Stignani/Mario Filippeschi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 1, Scene 2: Vanne, sì: mi lascia, indegno (Norma/Adalgisa/Pollione/Coro)Maria Callas/Ebe Stignani/Mario Filippeschi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Introduzione (Orchestra)Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Dormono entrambi (Norma)Maria Callas/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Olà! Clotilde! (Norma/Clotilde)Maria Callas/Paolo Caroli/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin0:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Me chiami, o Norma! (Adalgisa/Norma)Ebe Stignani/Maria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Deh! con te li prendi (Norma/Adalgisa)Maria Callas/Ebe Stignani/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Mira, o Norma (Norma/Adalgisa)Maria Callas/Ebe Stignani/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Cedi! ... deh! cedi! (Adalgisa/Norma)Maria Callas/Ebe Stignani/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 1: Si, fino all'ore estreme (Norma/Adalgisa)Maria Callas/Ebe Stignani/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 2: Non parti? ... Finora è la campo [Coro]Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 2: Guerrieri! a voi venire (Oroveso/Coro)Nicola Rossi-Lemeni/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 2: Ah! del Tebro al giogo indegno (Oroveso/Chorus)Nicola Rossi-Lemeni/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: Ei tornerà. Sì, mia fidenza è posta (Norma/Clotilde)Maria Callas/Mario Filippeschi/Ebe Stignani/Nicola Rossi-Lemeni/Paolo Caroli/Rina Cavallari/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Coro E Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: Sguilla il bronzo del Dio! (Coro/Oroveso/Norma)Nicola Rossi-Lemeni/Maria Callas/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: Guerra, guerra! La galliche selve [Coro]Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: Né compi il rito, o Norma? (Oroveso/Norma/Clotilde/Coro/Pollione)Nicola Rossi-Lemeni/Maria Callas/Rina Cavallari/Mario Filippeschi/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: In mia man alfin tu sei (Norma/Pollione)Maria Callas/Mario Filippeschi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: Già mi pasco ne' tuoi sguardi (Norma/Pollione)Maria Callas/Mario Filippeschi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: Dammi quel ferro (Coro/Norma/Pollione/Oroveso)Maria Callas/Mario Filippeschi/Nicola Rossi-Lemeni/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: Qual cor tradisti, qual cor perdesti (Coro/Norma/Pollione/Oroveso)Maria Callas/Mario Filippeschi/Nicola Rossi-Lemeni/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: Norma! ... deh! Norma, scòlpati! (Coro/Norma/Pollione/Oroveso)Maria Callas/Mario Filippeschi/Nicola Rossi-Lemeni/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT 2, Scene 3: Deh! non volerli vittime (Coro/Norma/Pollione/Oroveso)Maria Callas/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Tullio Serafin 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Vincenzo Bellini, Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas, Mario Filippeschi, Rina Cavallari, et al.
  • Audio CD (August 19, 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000002RXP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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And she is in glowing GORGEOUS voice throughout!
Scott Jelsey
If you enjoy opera -- even if you're still "trying it out" -- this is one you must hear and can't go wrong buying.
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Maria Callas was and still is the greatest protagonist of Norma PERIOD.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Michael L Stephens on August 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I had a wonderful time reading through the 38 previous reviews, as they reflect everything I've heard about Callas in the nearly 40 years I have enjoyed opera as my favorite musical art.
Like some of the previous reviewers, I started out positively disliking Callas' voice, and perhaps was too green to appreciate the incredible dramatic insight she brings to almost every role she sings. Of course, I first heard her in the mid-1960s, when she was coming to the sad end of a very great career.
But as I heard more recordings of her work in the 1950s, I slowly became intrigued, then fascinated, and finally riveted by her performances, which I believe are the finest by ANY soprano ever committed to vinyl and, later, transferred to CDs.
Yes, I'm firmly of the school that opera is not just about voice. Opera is DRAMA WITH MUSIC, and no one has ever demonstrated that more theatrically or thrillingly than Maria Callas. That's not to say I don't love beautiful voices, and I understand why some people would prefer Sutherland or Caballe. These great singers, however, are lousy actresses, unable to penetrate the meaning of a text, unlike Callas, where the text fits her like a second skin. To borrow the old line about Rossini, they could be singing a laundry list and it would be indistinguishable from their operatic performances. They are just like John Wayne -- always themselves, regardless of the role.
I was interested in the couple of reviewers who preferred Christina Deutekom's recording of NORMA, which I haven't heard. But I did see the 1987 San Diego Opera production of NORMA starring Deutekom, and she was an unmitigated disaster -- far uglier in sound that any Callas hater could even imagine when they call HER voice ugly. And, she wasn't much of a stage presence either.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Scott Jelsey on July 30, 2003
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This is one of the great opera recordings. Callas IS Norma. Her performance is breathtaking - portamento, trills, coloratura - all seamlessly integrated into the character. And she is in glowing GORGEOUS voice throughout! Opera newbies tend not to "get" Callas, partly because she is just too intense and doesn't sing in the more deadpan "modern" manner. The rest of the cast is OK - Callas' 2nd Norma has a much better cast overall. But this is the one to have. Deservedly ranked over and over as one of the greatest opera recordings. Period.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1999
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Whatever virtues other Normas may have, there is only one great Norma-Callas. I would be the last to tread on Sutherland or Caballe but Callas is the greatest Norma ever, period. Superficially, her voice might sound abrasive and unfocused but if you listen deeper, her voice is extraordinarily expressive and has a beauty all its own. It is not the supple, bright Sutherland tone or the rich Caballe, but it has more feeling in one phrase than Sutherland and Caballe had in their entire lives combined. Listening to Callas sing Norma is an entirely different experience than anyone else. If you haven't yet found the genius in her, keep listening, it will come, and when it does, opera will forever be a different experience.
As to the present recording, it is her best Norma. Unfortunately though, her supporting cast is not very impressive. Mario Filippeschi sounds strained at times, but he has some good moments. Ebe Stignani, if not as good as Ludwig on Callas' 1960 recording, is fine. The conducting of Tullio Serafin is, as usual, exemplary. But what makes this THE Norma is Callas, no one will ever hold a candle to her.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By JWaterstone on May 20, 2000
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Norma lay vacant for decades prior to Callas' efforts to ressurect both it and other Bel Canto works. If she were to be associated with just one role it would probably be Norma and this is a truly fantastic recording of the role (less so of the opera thanks to a lacklustre supporting cast). Her voice is still in it's prime, full blooded, fierce, daring, reckless and yes, beautiful. For those that hark on about the 'beauty' of Caballe, the technique of 'Sutherland'. Fine, whatever - but that is not what this art form is about and it is not what the composers of these works aspired to create either. It was about creating great theater. Norma is a woman like any other - Flesh and blood. Callas knew this. She also (at this stage) had a voice capable of superhuman technical feats that she uses in order to ring out every inch of emotional and theatrical fire. If you want to hear what Norma should be, what it's composers dreamed it to be, hear this recording by Callas. There were few if any before her capable of it and certainly none since. Also check out the 1953 Studio recording of Lucia - It is of similar benchmark status. To those who 'don't get' Callas. You won't find the answer in books, lessons or lectures. It is irrational, compelling and it is thrilling. Just Listen, and keep listening.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 2000
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It may me Callas' best studio recording. She gives a wonderful, dramatic, hair-rising performance. She sings "Vanne sì, mi lascia indegno" in a manner no other singer can sing. Her "Deh, non volerli vittime" is superb. She easily outshines Sutherland and Caballe, in my opinion. The five stars are for her. Serafin's conducting is very good, too, giving freedom to the singers and maintaing a wonderful pacing that was his principal asset (Bonynge can't stand a comparison with him). It's a pity that the mono sound is so poor. As for the others in the cast, none matches Callas. Mario Fillipeschi as Pollione is thin-sounding, he forces a lot on the high notes. To me, Pollione is a role for a "heldentenor". Ebe Stignani sings very well, but isn't very characterful (and lacks a high C). Nicola Rossi-Lemeni is near a disaster, off-pitch and without control of his big voice (his "Puritani" rendition is much better). For Callas and Serafin, a winning set (and a very well documented one).
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