Norma Bellini

Bellini: Norma - Callas, Filippeschi - Scala, Serafin (1954)  Music

Posted by fredoking at Feb. 14, 2010
Bellini: Norma - Callas, Filippeschi - Scala, Serafin (1954)

Vincenzo Bellini: Norma - Callas, Filippeschi - Scala, Serafin (1954)
XLD Rip | FLAC, CUE, LOG | HQ Covers + Booklet | 3 CD | 487 MB
Classical | EMI | Catalog Number: 5 56241 2 | 1997

With two official EMI versions and five complete live recordings, Norma is at the top of the Callas hit parade, but choosing a single version is a nightmare as each has its virtues, based on the state of the soprano's voice or the surrounding cast. My first choice lies with the first 1954 studio recording where the balance between vocal health and emotive quality is as good as one can get for this artist.
This was Maria Callas' first studio-recorded Norma, and it remains a formidable performance. If it doesn't quite have the emotional shadings of her 1960 EMI re-make, it is certainly vocally more secure and in its way just as authoritative. The grandeur of the voice itself is always in evidence; her seeming spontaneity to dramatic situations makes the drama real. Mario Filippeschi's Pollione is impressive–he was a finer tenor than he's given credit for–and Ebe Stignani's Adalgisa is warm and blends superbly with Callas in the duets. Nicola Rossi-Lemeni's Oroveso is a mass of wobbles. Tullio Serafin leads masterfully but observes all the cuts that were standard for the '50s. Most people prefer the 1960 performance, with its clearer delineation between Norma-the-warrior and Norma-the-woman (and for Corelli and Ludwig in the two supporting roles, not to mention the stereo sound), but by 1960 Callas' vocal problems were pretty overt, so you'll have to take the good with the bad. My preference is for the 1955 recording (on Opera d'Oro) with del Monaco under Serafin; its minute-by-minute potency and glorious singing are unmatchable.
Robert Levine
Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra La Scintilla, Giovanni Antonini - Bellini: Norma (2013) [Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Cecilia Bartoli, Orchestra La Scintilla, Giovanni Antonini - Bellini: Norma (2013)
FLAC tracks 24bit/96kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.59GB + 5% Recovery
Studio Master, Official Digital Download, Decca

In collaboration with Giovanni Antonini, Riccardo Minasi and Maurizio Biondi, Cecilia Bartoli restores the sound and spirit of Norma in a landmark Decca recording based on the opera’s original sources. Cecilia Bartoli leads a fabulous cast in Decca’s groundbreaking new recording, which presents Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma in a form that is complete with the exquisite mix of vocal and instrumental colours that Bellini intended for his ‘tragic opera’.
Vincenzo Bellini - Norma (Radvanovsky, Kunde, Gubanova) 2015 [HDTV 720p]

Vincenzo Bellini - Norma (Radvanovsky, Kunde, Gubanova) 2015 [HDTV 720p]
AVC, 1280x720p (16:9), 4.0 mbps, 25 fps | Italian AC3 448 kbps, 6 ch / Subs: Eng, Ger, Ita, Spa, Fre & Cat | 03:01:21 | 5.6 GB
Classical, Opera | HDTV->MKV

Bellini's most famous opera staged by Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, produced by Kevin Newbury.

Vincenzo Bellini - Norma (Bayerischen Staatsoper) vol2  Video

Posted by ParRus at Sept. 5, 2009
Vincenzo Bellini - Norma (Bayerischen Staatsoper) vol2

Vincenzo Bellini - Norma (Bayerischen Staatsoper) vol2
XviD | DVDRip | 1 hour 04 Mins | English | 704x384 | 25 fps | MP3 224 kbps | 942 MБ
Genre: Opera

Here, again, the libretto is the work of Romani. It has been eulogised as "of great power and beauty; a tragedy which, both in sentiment and diction, contrasts very strongly with the ungrammatical balderdash which composers are so often called upon to set to music."

Vincenzo Bellini - Norma (Bayerischen Staatsoper) vol1  Video

Posted by ParRus at Sept. 5, 2009
Vincenzo Bellini - Norma (Bayerischen Staatsoper) vol1

Vincenzo Bellini - Norma (Bayerischen Staatsoper)
XviD | DVDRip | 1 hour 17 Mins | English | 704x384 | 25 fps | MP3 224 kbps | 1.1 ГБ
Genre: Opera

Here, again, the libretto is the work of Romani. It has been eulogised as "of great power and beauty; a tragedy which, both in sentiment and diction, contrasts very strongly with the ungrammatical balderdash which composers are so often called upon to set to music."
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

Bellini - Norma (Renato Palumbo) (2016) [BluRay-rip]  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Oct. 28, 2016
Bellini - Norma (Renato Palumbo) (2016) [BluRay-rip]

Bellini - Norma (Renato Palumbo) (2016) [BluRay-rip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 176 min | 8,32 Gb
Audio: Italian / AAC / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 512 kbps
Classical | C Major | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Catalan, Korean, Japanese

“If we weep from emotion on hearing it, it’s nothing to be ashamed of” Richard Wagner on Bellini’s most famous opera Norma, the most successful work by the last and greatest composer of bel canto. This new production of Norma, directed by Grammy Award-nominated opera, theatre and film director Kevin Newbury and starring Sondra Radvanovsky as a “powerful, elegant” Norma (New York Times) and Gregory Kunde as Pollione, is “something very special. The word ‘historic’ is used perhaps a little too often but tonight there really is no other adjective to describe the sensational performances offered to us by Sondra Radvanovsky and Gregory unde.” (operatraveller.com)
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 - Bellini: Norma (1954/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Bellini: Norma (1954) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 160:26 minutes | 1,65 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

This is the first of Callas's two complete recordings of her signature role, the druid priestess Norma, in which she has remained unrivaled for 50 years. It captures her voice inits imposing early prime, while in the two famous duets for Norma and Adalgisa she is partnered by Ebe Stignani, generally considered the greatest Italian mezzo-soprano of her era. The conductor is Callas's mentor Tullio Serafin.
Maria Callas - Bellini: I Puritani (1953/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Maria Callas - Bellini: I Puritani (1953) [Remastered 2014]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 142:05 minutes | 1,41 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklets

Until she achieved a triumph in the delicate coloratura role of Elvira in I puritani - in Venice in 1949 under the tutelage of maestro Tullio Serafin - Maria Callas had been making her name in dramatic roles, such as the epically scaled title role in Die Walküre, which she had been singing just days before. Her success in Bellini's final opera set her firmly on the path to bel canto supremacy. Joining her as Arturo in this 1953 recording is one of her best-loved colleagues, the tenor Giuseppe di Stefano.