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Maria Callas|Puccini: Tosca

Puccini: Tosca

Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tito Gobbi, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Victor de Sabata

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In the early '60s, Maria Callas' mystique was in full bloom, but her career was in question, marred by frequent absences and cancellations. This 1964 production of Tosca was a triumph, however, showing her detractors that her voice was still intact, and reinforcing her fans' belief that she was the ideal diva -- brilliant of voice, and convincing on-stage. Tosca was the perfect role for Callas; she was the personification of the diva she played on-stage, and her acting brought an excitement to the part that few sopranos have equaled. This performance does show signs of vocal wear -- high passages have lost their bloom and taken on a slow wobble -- but it also has her more possessed of herself as an artist than she was even in her famous performances from the 1950s. Her "Vissi d'arte" alone is enough to show her command of music and the stage. The sound quality is better than her live performances from Mexico. Even non-Callas fans will be interested in this Tosca, largely for the callous and magnetic Scarpia of Tito Gobbi, who is at his best here. Many baritones have brought bigger and more beautiful baritone voices to bear, but Gobbi had a special feel for this part -- how to realize a loathsome man in music while remaining real and human. Renato Cioni makes a good Cavaradossi, although not on the level of his co-stars. Carlo Felice Cillario's musical leadership is excellent, resulting in a much tidier and compelling orchestral sound than is found in many live recordings, especially from that era. This is probably not the right choice for a first or only Tosca, but fans of Callas, or just fans of the opera will find a lot to enjoy here.

© TiVo

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1
Tosca, Act 1: "Ah! Finalmente!" (Angelotti, Sagrestano, Cavaradossi)
Victor De Sabata
00:05:33

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Franco Calabrese, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra - Melchiorre Luise, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

2
Tosca, Act 1: "Dammi i colori... Recondita armonia" (Cavaradossi, Sagrestano)
Victor De Sabata
00:04:22

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra - Melchiorre Luise, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

3
Tosca, Act 1: "Gente là dentro!" (Cavaradossi, Angelotti, Tosca)
Maria Callas
00:01:10

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Franco Calabrese, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

4
Tosca, Act 1: "Mario! Mario! Mario!" (Tosca, Cavaradossi)
Maria Callas
00:06:57

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

5
Tosca, Act 1: "Ah, quegli occhi" - "Quale occhio al mondo può star di paro" (Tosca, Cavaradossi)
Maria Callas
00:05:09

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

6
Tosca, Act 1: "È buona la mia Tosca" (Cavaradossi, Angelotti)
Victor De Sabata
00:03:08

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Franco Calabrese, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

7
Tosca, Act 1: "Il cannon del castello!" (Cavaradossi, Angelotti, Sagrestano, Coro)
Victor De Sabata
00:01:43

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Franco Calabrese, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra - Melchiorre Luise, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

8
Tosca, Act 1: "Un tal baccano in chiesa!" (Scarpia, Sagrestano, Spoletta)
Victor De Sabata
00:03:28

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Tito Gobbi, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor, MainArtist - Angelo Mercuriali, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra - Melchiorre Luise, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

9
Tosca, Act 1: "Tutto è chiaro" - "Tosca? Che non mi veda" - "Mario! Mario!" (Scarpia, Tosca, Sagrestano)
Maria Callas
00:03:03

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Tito Gobbi, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra - Melchiorre Luise, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

10
Tosca, Act 1: "Ed io venivo a lui tutta dogliosa" (Tosca, Scarpia)
Maria Callas
00:03:45

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Tito Gobbi, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

11
Tosca, Act 1: "Tre sbirri, una carrozza" (Scarpia, Spoletta, Coro)
Victor De Sabata
00:04:35

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Tito Gobbi, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor, MainArtist - Angelo Mercuriali, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

12
Tosca, Act 2: "Tosca è un buon falco!" (Scarpia, Sciarrone)
Victor De Sabata
00:03:06

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Tito Gobbi, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor, MainArtist - Dario Caselli, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

13
Tosca, Act 2: "Ha più forte" (Scarpia, Sciarrone, Spoletta)
Victor De Sabata
00:02:17

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Tito Gobbi, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor, MainArtist - Angelo Mercuriali, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Dario Caselli, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

14
Tosca, Act 2: "Meno male!" (Scarpia, Spoletta, Coro, Cavaradossi, Tosca)
Maria Callas
00:03:16

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Tito Gobbi, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor, FeaturedArtist - Angelo Mercuriali, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

15
Tosca, Act 2: "Dov'è dunque Angelotti?" (Scarpia, Cavaradossi, Spoletta, Tosca)
Maria Callas
00:02:00

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Tito Gobbi, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Angelo Mercuriali, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

16
Tosca, Act 2: "Ed or fra noi parliam da buoni amici" - "Sciarrone, che dice il Cavalier?" (Scarpia, Tosca, Sciarrone, Cavaradossi)
Maria Callas
00:03:59

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Tito Gobbi, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Dario Caselli, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

17
Tosca, Act 2: "Orsù, Tosca, parlate" (Scarpia, Tosca, Cavaradossi)
Maria Callas
00:02:55

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Tito Gobbi, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

18
Tosca, Act 2: "Nel pozzo... nel giardino" (Scarpia, Sciarrone, Tosca, Cavaradossi)
Maria Callas
00:05:22

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Tito Gobbi, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Dario Caselli, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

19
Tosca, Act 2: "Se la giurata fede debbo tradir" (Scarpia, Tosca)
Maria Callas
00:03:36

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Tito Gobbi, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

20
Tosca, Act 2: "Vissi d'arte" (Tosca)
Maria Callas
00:03:13

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

21
Tosca, Act 2: "Vedi, le man giunte io stendo a te!" (Tosca, Scarpia, Spoletta)
Maria Callas
00:03:40

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Tito Gobbi, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Angelo Mercuriali, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

22
Tosca, Act 2: "E qual via scegliete?" (Scarpia, Tosca)
Maria Callas
00:02:38

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Tito Gobbi, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

23
Tosca, Act 2: "È morto! Or gli perdono" (Tosca)
Maria Callas
00:03:54

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

24
Tosca, Act 3: "Io de' sospiri" (Voce del pastore)
Victor De Sabata
00:05:38

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Victor De Sabata, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra - Alvaro Cordova, FeaturedArtist, Alto Vocals

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

25
Tosca, Act 3: "Mario Cavaradossi? A voi" (Carceriere, Cavaradossi)
Victor De Sabata
00:04:03

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor, MainArtist - Dario Caselli, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

26
Tosca, Act 3: "E lucevan le stelle" (Cavaradossi)
Victor De Sabata
00:02:47

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor, MainArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

27
Tosca, Act 3: "Ah! Franchigia a Floria Tosca" (Cavaradossi, Tosca)
Maria Callas
00:02:33

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

28
Tosca, Act 3: "O dolci mani mansuete e pure" (Cavaradossi, Tosca)
Maria Callas
00:02:58

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

29
Tosca, Act 3: "Amaro sol per te m'era morire" (Cavaradossi, Tosca)
Maria Callas
00:01:53

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

30
Tosca, Act 3: "E non giungono" (Tosca, Cavaradossi, Carceriere)
Maria Callas
00:02:25

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Dario Caselli, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

31
Tosca, Act 3: "Com'è lunga l'attesa!" (Tosca)
Maria Callas
00:02:15

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

32
Tosca, Act 3: "Presto! Su, Mario! Mario! Su! Presto! Andiam!" (Tosca, Voci, Sciarrone, Spoletta)
Maria Callas
00:01:18

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Maria Callas, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist - Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Chorus, FeaturedArtist - Victor De Sabata, Conductor - Angelo Mercuriali, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Dario Caselli, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano, Orchestra

A Warner Classics release, © 2024 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1953, 2014 Parlophone Records Limited

Album review

In the early '60s, Maria Callas' mystique was in full bloom, but her career was in question, marred by frequent absences and cancellations. This 1964 production of Tosca was a triumph, however, showing her detractors that her voice was still intact, and reinforcing her fans' belief that she was the ideal diva -- brilliant of voice, and convincing on-stage. Tosca was the perfect role for Callas; she was the personification of the diva she played on-stage, and her acting brought an excitement to the part that few sopranos have equaled. This performance does show signs of vocal wear -- high passages have lost their bloom and taken on a slow wobble -- but it also has her more possessed of herself as an artist than she was even in her famous performances from the 1950s. Her "Vissi d'arte" alone is enough to show her command of music and the stage. The sound quality is better than her live performances from Mexico. Even non-Callas fans will be interested in this Tosca, largely for the callous and magnetic Scarpia of Tito Gobbi, who is at his best here. Many baritones have brought bigger and more beautiful baritone voices to bear, but Gobbi had a special feel for this part -- how to realize a loathsome man in music while remaining real and human. Renato Cioni makes a good Cavaradossi, although not on the level of his co-stars. Carlo Felice Cillario's musical leadership is excellent, resulting in a much tidier and compelling orchestral sound than is found in many live recordings, especially from that era. This is probably not the right choice for a first or only Tosca, but fans of Callas, or just fans of the opera will find a lot to enjoy here.

© TiVo

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