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Alfonso Signorini, "Troppo fiera, troppo fragile. Il romanzo della Callas"  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by TimMa at Jan. 20, 2017
Alfonso Signorini, "Troppo fiera, troppo fragile. Il romanzo della Callas"

Alfonso Signorini, "Troppo fiera, troppo fragile. Il romanzo della Callas"
Mondadori | 2010 | ISBN: 880458579X | Italian | EPUB | 261 pages | 0.3 MB

Il 16 settembre 1977 Maria Callas moriva a Parigi per un collasso cardiocircolatorio. Paranoica e sola, dopo una vita e una carriera sfolgoranti, in cui era diventata in tutto il mondo la Divina, si era ritirata in una triste clausura. A trent'anni esatti dalla sua morte ecco il primo romanzo sulla sua avventurosa e travagliata esistenza firmato da Alfonso Signorini, nelle inedite vesti di appassionato melomane e documentato biografo. …
Maria Callas - La Renaissance d'une Voix (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - La Renaissance d'une Voix (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 213:49 minutes | 3,33 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Maria Callas - The New Sound of Maria Callas (2016)  Music

Posted by tomashass at Oct. 30, 2016
Maria Callas - The New Sound of Maria Callas (2016)

Maria Callas - The New Sound of Maria Callas (2016)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 03:33:48 | 492 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Warner Classics

The New Sound of Maria Callas Opera singers come and go, but just a few – the legends – live on. And Maria Callas was the great­est legend of them all, though not just for the wonder of her voice. She changed the way people thought about opera, but she also became famous as the glamorous celebrity who fell in love with Aristotle Onassis, leaving her elderly husband to live with him on his yacht Christina and enjoy the high life with the international jet set.
Maria Callas - The Callas Rarities (1997/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - The Callas Rarities (1997) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 116:49 minutes | 2,18 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

The tracks on this album were recorded over a period of no less than 16 years. The earliest, the two versions of Donna Anna's 'Non mi dir', date from 1953, and were intended to test microphone placings before Callas made her first commercial recording for EMI: Lucia di Lammermoor. The latest, the Verdi arias recorded with Nicola Rescigno in 1964-1965 and 1969, were never approved for release by the soprano. When Callas Rarities was first released in 1993, Gramophone wrote: 'Each item, each phrase almost, has something to be said about it: the whole collection makes essential listening'.
Maria Callas - Puccini: Manon Lescaut (1959/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Puccini: Manon Lescaut (1959) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 120:45 minutes | 1,29 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

Each act of Puccini's episodic opera shows Manon Lescaut in a different light - from the ingénue of the first to the desperate, dying woman of the last. Though Callas never performed the role on stage, she captures every aspect of this passionate, but selfish and enigmatic character. In this particular Puccini opera, the tenor is by no means overshadowed by the soprano, and Giuseppe di Stefano duly dominates the gripping scene at Le Havre.The young Fiorenza Cossotto - a powerhouse in roles such as Amneris and Eboli - makes a cameo appearance as the Madrigal Singer.
Maria Callas - Bellini: Norma (1961/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Bellini: Norma (1961) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 161:32 minutes | 3,38 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

Callas first sang Bellini's Norma in 1948, when she was just 25. She went on to perform the role of the heroic, but vulnerable Druid priestess -the ultimate embodiment of bel canto - more frequently than any other. In this second studio recording her conductor was again Tullio Serafin (he originally tutored her in the role in 1948), and the venue was again La Scala - where the opera was premiered in 1831. By 1960, Callas brought a wealth of new nuance to her interpretation, and she is aptly partnered by the creamy-voiced Christa Ludwig (in a rare recording of an Italian role) and the towering Franco Corelli.
Maria Callas - Callas A Paris: More Arias From French Opera (1964/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Callas à Paris: More Arias From French Opera (1964) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 43:48 minutes | 939 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

As in her first Callas à Paris recital, recorded two years previously, the diva performs arias of diverse weight, colour and mood - from the darker tones of Berlioz's Marguerite to the brilliant 'Jewel Song' of Gounod's Marguerite, and from the mezzo-ish melancholy of Massenet's Charlotte to the soprano coquetry of the same composer's Manon. 'Simply as an artist,' wrote Gramophone in its review of the recital, 'in her sense of line, her feeling for a word, her command of colour and her mastery of the whole complex art of interpretation - [Callas] is so far ahead of all other contemporary singers, and of all but the greatest past singers, too, that she almost spoils us for the rest.'
Maria Callas - Ponchielli: La Gioconda (1960/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Ponchielli: La Gioconda (1960) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 166:31 minutes | 3,43 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

Callas's second studio recording of La Gioconda was made in 1959, six years after her last stage performances of the role, which in 1947 has been the vehicle for her Italian debut (at the Arena di Verona).The recording came at a turning point in Callas's life - when her relationship with Aristotle Onassis led to her separation from her husband, Giovanni Battista Meneghini. Writing in Gramophone in 1960, Philip Hope-Wallace said: 'I simply cannot imagine anyone getting more out of the role than she does this time…the total effect is riveting.' Joining Callas were two young Italian singers destined for great careers: the mezzo-soprano Fiorenza Cossotto as her rival, Laura, and, as the sinister Barnaba, baritone Piero Cappuccilli.
Maria Callas - Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (1957/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (1957) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 131:22 minutes | 1,36 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Callas’s first stage appearances in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera came at La Scala in 1957, a year in which Milan also saw her in La sonnambula and Anna Bolena. As in this recording, made the year before, she shared Verdi’s most spectacular soprano-tenor duet (in Act II) with Giuseppe di Stefano. This was the last time Callas and Di Stefano appeared together in opera, though they reunited in the 1970s to direct I vespri siciliani in Turin and to give a series of joint concerts in Europe, the USA, Canada,South Korea and Japan. Gramophone judged this recording of Ballo to be ‘one of Callas’s most compelling assumptions’.
Maria Callas - The First Recordings (1950/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - The First Recordings (1950) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 24:01 minutes | 263 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Recorded in 1949 when Maria Callas was just 25, this debut recital encapsulates the young soprano's astonishing maturity, versatility and technical finesse. She had already sung all three roles showcased here - Wagner's Isolde and Bellini's Norma and Elvira (I puritani) - in the theatre. As Gramophone, which described the recital as 'incandescent and spellbinding', wrote: 'The Liebestod is a beautiful example of sustained interpretation, with a long line running through the whole piece, each phrase finding part-fulfilment in the next until the climax is reached,' concluding overall that: 'The eloquence of phrase and the technical control put at the service of a discerning heart and mind are obvious to hear'.