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. . . As we celebrate Callas’ birthday,
we offer this Signed Callas photo,
Callas operas, recital CDs and
a considerable number of choice Callas books.
Many more books have now been added . . .
and our regular 50% SALE continues . . .
We begin our CALLAS
offerings with her Signed ‘Tosca’ Photograph, a stunning original Luxardo photograph, signed & dated 1955 in blue ink by MARIA MENEGHINI CALLAS
. This portrait was made for her US début album (Tosca, Norma and Lucia), but it is an ersatz costume as she hadn't yet sung the role in the theater. Overall in very fine condition, albeit faintest, barely visible envelope impression, not affecting image. Verso has collector’s stamp, also not affecting image. 10 ½ x 14 ½ cm. (4” x 5 3/4 “). We are accepting offers, MB 500.
JOHN ARDOIN. CALLAS - The Art and the Life; GERALD FITZGERALD: The Great Years. New York, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1974. 282pp. Chronology; Gloriously illustrated with countless photos, many full-page; DJ; Elaborate Quarto Edition. [Regarded by many as being the finest book on Callas]. (B1148)
HENRY WISNESKI. Maria Callas: The Art Behind the Legend. Garden City, Doubleday & Company, 1975. 422pp. Index; Discography; Bibliography; Performance annals; Numerous Photos. (B1063)
Jürgen Kesting. Maria Callas. Boston, Northeastern University Press, 1993. 416pp. Index; Bibliography; Discography; Photos; DJ. (B0152)
MICHAEL SCOTT. Maria Meneghini Callas. Boston, Northeastern University Press, 1991. 312pp. Index; Bibliography; Chronology; DJ. (B1069)
MARIA CALLAS - The Complete Studio Recordings. (E.U.) 70-EMI 3959182, recorded 1949-69, w.CD.ROM & accompanying 103pp Brochure. Handsome hardcover Slipcase Edition , 70 CDs in printed cardboard wallets, colour booklet including a broad selection of photos. Excellent, possibly very slightly used copy appears as new. (V0048)
MARIA CALLAS - The Great Diva Edition. (E.U.) 26-Membran 12281, recorded 1947-56, w.accompanying 123pp Brochure created by Jürgen Kesting. Handsome hardcover Slipcase Edition. This edition, compiled and commented on in detail by Jürgen Kesting, presents Maria Callas with recordings from her glory days, the first decade of her career from 1947 to 1956. The compilation is structured on themes and roles and documents Maria Callas' development as a singer and artist with highlights from the different studio and live recordings of her main roles. This edition is a resounding (24bit) chronological artist biography with a comprehensive 124 page accompanying book. A 26 CD box set in luxury packaging. Excellent, possibly very slightly used copy appears as new. (V0070)
MARIA CALLAS, w.Rescigno Cond. NDR S.O.: Arias fromLa Vestale, Macbeth, Barbiere, Don Carlos & Il Pirata. (E.U.) Myto 00280, Live Performance, 15 May, 1959, Hamburg. (V1840)
MARIA CALLAS, w.Rescigno Cond. Südfunk S.O.: Arias from La Vestale, Macbeth, Barbiere, Don Carlos & Il Pirata. (E.U.) Myto 00277, Live Performance, 19 May, 1959, Stuttgart. (V1841)
MARIA CALLAS, w.Sébastian Cond. l’Opéra Orch.: Arias from Norma, Il Trovatore & Barbiere; Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Albert Lance, Louis Rialland & Jean-Pierre Hurteau: Tosca – Act II. (E.U.) Myto 00268, Live Performance, 19 Dec., 1958, Paris. (V1842)
LA TRAVIATA, Live Performance, 27 March, 1958, Lisbon, w.Ghione Cond. Teatro National de San Carlos; Maria Callas, Alfredo Kraus, Mario Sereni, etc. (E.U.) 2–Myto 00147. (OP1701)
“This Lisbon presentation has acquired a legendary reputation. Although Callas’ vocal powers were already on the wane by 1958, her dramatic involvement and depth of interpretation were at a peak. And she was joined by the young Alfredo Kraus, already exhibiting the artistic and musical sensibilities that were to take him into the ranks of the finest tenors of his day. Sereni was a sympathetic and generally sensitive Germont….we now have this splendid Lisbon performance as a worthy memorial of a truly great artist, almost at the peak of her powers, in one of her finest roles.”
- Vivian A. Liff, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2005
NORMA – Act I, Live Performance, 2 Jan., 1958, Rome, w.Santini Cond. Rome Opera Ensemble; Maria Callas, Franco Corelli, Miriam Pirazzini, Giulio Neri, etc. (E.U.) Myto 00151. (OP1671)
“‘The Rome Walkout’ are words which portend a moment of the most dire historic significance to the world of modern Opera. Without question, the events of that evening commenced the inexorable end of the golden period of Maria Meneghini Callas. On the 2nd of January 1958, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma premiered a production of Bellini’s NORMA. Miss Callas had agreed to sing the part of Norma without an understudy. The event was to be attended by Mr. Giovanni Gronchi, the current president of Italy and as always when Miss Callas was to sing, the house was full. Radiotelevisione Italiana had positioned its microphones, ready to broadcast each note to the country. The story of what happened next is well known. As the first act came to a close, Miss Callas’ voice revealed telling signs of stress. To raucous applause, she quietly exited the stage. In exhaustion, she would leave the theatre before the second act could begin. The city exploded in protest.”
MEDEA (Cherubini), Live Performance, 30 June, 1959, w.Rescigno Cond. Royal Opera House Ensemble; Maria Callas, Jon Vickers, Fiorenza Cossotto, Nicola Zaccaria, etc. (E.U.) 2–Myto 00182. (OP1914)
MEDEA, Live Performance, 11 Dec., 1961, w.Schippers Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Maria Callas, Jon Vickers, Giulietta Simionato, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Ivana Tosini, etc. (E.U.) 2-Myto 00292. (OP2245)
IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE (Gluck), (in Italian), Live Performance, 1 June, 1957, w.Sanzogno Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Maria Callas, Dino Dondi, Francesco Albanese, Anselmo Colzani, Fiorenza Cossotto, etc. (E.U.) 2–Myto 00139. (OP1624)
POLIUTO (Donizetti), Live Performance, 7 Dec., 1960, w.Votto Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Maria Callas, Franco Corelli, Ettore Bastianini, Nicola Zaccaria, etc. (E.U.) 2-Myto 00234. (OP2178)
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Live Performance, 16 Feb., 1956, w.Giulini Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Luigi Alva, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Melchiorre Luise, etc. (Italy) 2-Myto 062.H113. (OP1140)
ANDREA CHÉNIER, Live Performance, 8 Jan., 1955, w.Votto Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Mario del Monaco, Maria Callas, Aldo Protti, Enzo Sordello, Lucia Danieli, etc. (Slovenia) 2-Living Stage 4035162. (OP2786)
MACBETH, Live Performance, 7 Dec., 1952, w.de Sabata Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Enzo Mascherini, Maria Callas, Italo Tajo, Gino Penno, Ivo Vinco, etc. (E.U.) 2-Myto 00310. (OP2570)
IL TROVATORE, Live Performance, 23 Feb. 1953, w.Votto Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Maria Callas, Gino Penno, Ebe Stignani, Carlo Tagliabue, etc. (E.U.) 2-Myto 00314. (OP2584)
NABUCCO, Live Performance, 20 Dec., 1949, Napoli, w.Gui Cond. Teatro di San Carlo Ensemble; Gino Bechi, Luciano Neroni, Maria Callas, Gino Sinimberghi, etc. (E.U.) 2-Myto 00222. (OP1961)
TOSCA, Live Performance, 1 June, 1952, México City, w.Picco Cond. Palacio de Belles Artes Ensemble; Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Piero Campolonghi, etc. (E.U.) 2-Myto 00236. (OP2036)
RIGOLETTO, Live Performance, 17 June, 1952, México City, w.Mugnai Cond. Palacio de Bellas Artes Ensemble; Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Piero Campolonghi, Teresa Garcia, etc. (U.K.) 2-Myto 00220. (OP2798)
AÏDA, Live Performance, 3 July, 1951, México City, w.de Fabritiis Cond. Teatro Palacio de Bellas Artes Ensemble; Maria Callas, Mario del Monaco, Oralia Dominguez, Giuseppe Taddei, etc. (E.U.) 2–Myto 00150. (OP1653)
AÏDA, Live Performance, 3 July, 1951, México City, w.de Fabritiis Cond. Teatro Palacio de Bellas Artes Ensemble; Maria Callas, Oralia Dominguez, Mario del Monaco, Giuseppe Taddei, etc. (Germany) 2-Archipel 0020. (OP2839)
. . . and repeated from recent weeks . . . more copies have just arrived from Canada’s Immortal Performances’ most recent issues which sold out almost immediately after their initial arrival:
ELEKTRA (Concert Version), Live Performance, 21 March, 1937, Carnegie Hall, w.Artur Rodzinski Cond. NYPO: Rose Pauly, Charlotte Boerner, Enid Szantho, Frederick Jagel, Julius Huehn, etc.; ROSE PAULY, w.Barbirolli Cond. NYPO: All-Strauss Broadcast, incl. Don Juan; 2 lieder – ‘Verführung’; ‘Gesang der Apollopriesterin’; SALOME - Final Scene, 27 Feb., 1938, Carnegie Hall, w.broadcast commentary; DIE ÃGYPTISCHE HELENA (Strauss) – Three Scenes, w.Fritz Busch Cond., recorded 1928; ‘Allerseelen’ (Strauss) w.Fritz Reiner Cond. Detroit S.O., Ford Hour, Live Performance, 20 Feb., 1938; Fidelio – Abscheulicher! (Beethoven), recorded 1927. (Canada) 2-Immortal Performances 1045, w.Elaborate 50pp Booklet. Transfers by Richard Caniell. (OP2967)
“Immortal Performances’ usual high production standards apply. The transfers are all infinitely superior to what has [previously] been around before of this material. The essays by Caniell himself and by London Green are illuminating, stimulating, and models of what we would hope to find in historical re-issues but almost never do. And the artwork and photographs are up to the same level. The texts and translations of the two songs are given as well.”
- Henry Fogel, FANFARE Nov./Dec., 2014TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Live Performance, 18 & 22 June, 1937, Covent Garden, w.THOMAS BEECHAM Cond.Royal Opera House Ensemble; KIRSTEN FLAGSTAD, LAURITZ MELCHIOR, MARGARETE KLOSE (Brangäne, Acts I & II), KARIN BRANZELL (Brangäne, Act 3), HERBERT JANSSEN (Kurwenal, Acts I & II, PAUL SCHÖFFLER (Kurwenal, Act 3) & SVEN NILSSON (King Marke); THOMAS BEECHAM Cond.London Phil. & Chorus: Flourish for a Coronation (Vaughan Williams), April, 1937; John Steane speaking about Royal Opera Seasons between the wars. (Canada) 4-Immortal Performances IPCD 1042-4. (OP2966)
“What we have here is one of the greatest performances of [TRISTAN] ever to be captured in recorded form, finally transferred in a way that respects the quality of the music-making and brings it all vividly to life.… available now in a version that so completely supersedes all prior versions as to render them irrelevant. Richard Caniell has given his usual attention to detail, removing hiss, grit and noise to the extent possible but without destroying the color of the voices and the orchestra….If you told me I could take only one to that mythical desert island, I would choose this one. Flagstad is often accused of being matronly, stolid, lacking in passion. To be sure, there are performances of hers that merit at least some of that criticism, though for me it always pales when set against the sheer glory of the voice itself. But this performance, perhaps inspired by Beecham, shows Flagstad not only at her vocal best, but responsive to text and to dramatic moment. She is girlish, she is impassioned, she is anguished, she is furious, she is tender; she is, in short, a complete Isolde. In no prior releases of this performance did her voice glow and shine the way it does in Immortal Performances’ transfer. The rich beauty of her top notes comes through with remarkable impact….Melchior too benefits from the sonic improvements of this edition. This is the TRISTAN of one’s dreams, combining urgency, vocal beauty, and a very musical way of putting forth a phrase.
The other prime beneficiary of the superb sonic restoration here is Beecham, or rather Beecham and the orchestra. No other edition of this performance offers this degree of richness and variety of orchestral color, this dynamic range, and in particular this beauty of string tone….
Richard Caniell also gives us extensive and thoughtful notes that are way beyond what we get in most releases, either by the major record companies or certainly those specializing in historic material….And one must also note the wonderful photographs included in the two accompanying booklets. There are many labels, major companies and small independent producers, that make historic material available. None does it with the consistently high standards of Immortal Performances. Those of us who believe that the history of the art form of opera must be well documented, for our own enjoyment and for future generations, owe this company an enormous debt of gratitude.”
- Henry Fogel, FANFARE, Nov./Dec., 2014
ARTURO TOSCANINI Cond. NBC S.O.: Lohengrin - Act I Prelude; Tristan - Act I Prelude; w.HELEN TRAUBEL & LAURITZ MELCHIOR: Excerpts from Tristan, Tannhäuser, Die Walküre & Götterdämmerung – Live Performance, 22 Feb., 1941, Carnegie Hall; ARTURO TOSCANINI Cond. NBC S.O.: Der Fliegende Holländer – Overture (plus rehearsal); Tannhäuser - Act III Prelude; w.HELEN TRAUBEL & LAURITZ MELCHIOR: Die Walküre - Act I, Scene 3 - 1947 rehearsal. (Canada) 3-Immortal Performances IPCD 1043. Transfers by Richard Caniell. Program Notes by Robert Matthew-Walker, William Youngren & Richard Caniell. Specially priced at 3 CDs for the price of 2. (C1318)
"This benefit performance in Carnegie Hall, featuring Lauritz Melchior and Helen Traubel, caused a sensation among opera lovers. No one ever dreamed of such an Immolation; here Toscanini and Traubel gave a performance which surpasses their later commercial recording….The concluding half of Toscanini’s Wagner programme was given over to substantial extracts from the final part of the Ring Cycle, GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, taking full advantage of the presence of Traubel (as Brünnhilde) and Melchior (as Siegfried).…The noted critic BH Haggin has recalled that, when he was visiting at Toscanini’s home discussing recordings, the Maestro said of this performance: ‘You must hear the Immolation Scene with Traubel. Ah, che bella voce, che bella voce!’ Clearly, at that time, Toscanini felt he had found his ideal Brünnhilde.”
- Robert Matthew-Walker, Program Notes
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B1148. (CALLAS) JOHN ARDOIN. CALLAS - The Art and the Life; GERALD FITZGERALD: The Great Years. New York, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1974. 282pp. Chronology; Gloriously illustrated with countless photos, many full-page; DJ; Elaborate Quarto Edition. [Regarded by many as being the finest book on Callas]. - 0-03-011486-1
B1063. (CALLAS) HENRY WISNESKI. Maria Callas: The Art Behind the Legend. Garden City, Doubleday & Company, 1975. 422pp. Index; Discography; Bibliography; Performance annals; Numerous Photos. - 0-385-07837-4
V0048. MARIA CALLAS - The Complete Studio Recordings. (E.U.) 70-EMI 3959182, recorded 1949-69, w.CD.ROM & accompanying 103pp Brochure. Handsome hardcover Slipcase Edition , 70 CDs in printed cardboard wallets, colour booklet including a broad selection of photos. Excellent, possibly very slightly used copy appears as new. - 094639591824
V0070. MARIA CALLAS - The Great Diva Edition. (E.U.) 26-Membran 12281, recorded 1947-56, w.accompanying 123pp Brochure created by Jürgen Kesting. Handsome hardcover Slipcase Edition. This edition, compiled and commented on in detail by Jürgen Kesting, presents Maria Callas with recordings from her glory days, the first decade of her career from 1947 to 1956. The compilation is structured on themes and roles and documents Maria Callas' development as a singer and artist with highlights from the different studio and live recordings of her main roles. This edition is a resounding (24bit) chronological artist biography with a comprehensive 124 page accompanying book. A 26 CD box set in luxury packaging. Excellent, possibly very slightly used copy appears as new. - 4011222235213
Vocal Record Collectors' Society - 2013 Issue (VRCS-2013)
Madama Butterfly / La Traviata (Licia Albanese) (4-IPCD 1037)
Sally (Dorothy Dickinson & Grossmith) (Palaeophonics 116)
Tristan (Beecham; Melchior, Flagstad, Klose) 4-IPCD 1042-4
La Traviata (Lisbon) (Callas, Kraus, Sereni) (2-Myto 00147)
Fernando de Lucia (4-Marston 54004)
Lady, Be Good (Gershwin, Astaire) (Palaeophonics 122)
Follow the Crowd (Stop! Look! Listen!) (Palaeophonics 115)
Florence Quartararo (3–Immortal Performances IPCD 1030)
Oberst Chabert (Patzak, Wiener, Hopf) (2-Walhall 0379)
Norma (Votto; Callas, Simionato, del Monaco) (Myto 00153)
Walkure (Munch; Harshaw, da Costa, Pease) (Memories 2292)
Il Trovatore (Callas, Stignani, Penno, Tagliabue) (Myto 00314)
Anna Bolena (Callas, Simionato, Raimondi) (2-Myto 00121)
John McCormack - Complete Odeon (4-Marston 54005)
Aida (de Sabata, Cigna, Gigli, Stignani, Pasero) (IPCD 1034)
Fonotipia Tenors - The Record Collector (TRC 39)
Eugen Onegin (Shaposhnikov, Lemeshev) (AQVR 380)
Watch Your Step (Coyne, Levey, Graves) (Palaeophonics 111)
A Night Out (Leslie Henson, Lily St John) (Palaeophonics 117)
Obukhova, Lisitsian, Richter, Oistrakh (Aquarius AQVR 386)
Macbeth (de Sabata; Mascherini, Callas, Tajo) (Myto 00310)
Meyerbeer on Record, Vol. II (3-Marston 53012)
Simon Boccanegra (Panizza; Tibbett, Pinza) (2-IPCD 1031)
No No Nanette (Binnie Hale, Joe Coyne) (Palaeophonics 124)