Bellini – Il Pirata (Callas, Ego, Rescigno)

2 CDs Box Set

Maria Callas, Constantino Ego, Pier Miranda Ferraro, Glade Peterson, Chester Watson, Regina Sarfaty

Orchestra and Chorus of the American Opera Society

Nicola Rescigno, conductor

EMI, 1997

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Vincenzo Bellini: Il Pirata – From Our review: 

Among Bellini’s operas, Il pirata is one of the less frequently performed and recorded. In the last century, only two illustrious sopranos sung the female protagonist Imogene, Maria Callas and Montserrat Caballé, while we are not as lucky with the title role. None of the greatest tenors on the 20th century paid attention to Gualtiero, even those who measure themselves with Arturo in I Puritani, a role that Bellini wrote for Rubini as that of “il pirata” (“the pirate”). The only leading singer is of Franco Corelli, but his performance aroused controversy rather than praise due to his unsuitable style.

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Vincenzo Bellini: Il Pirata – Cast:

Imogene: Maria Callas, Ernesto: Constantino Ego, Gualtiero: Pier Miranda Ferraro, Itulbo: Glade Peterson, Goffredo (Solitario): Chester Watson, Adele: Regina Sarfaty

Orchestra and Chorus of the American Opera Society

Nicola Rescigno, conductor

Disc 1

  1. Sinfonia
  2. ACT 1, Scene 1: Ciel! Qual procelle orribile
  3. ACT 1, Scene 1: Nume, che imperi
  4. ACT 1, Scene 1: Coraggio! Costanza!
  5. ACT 1, Scene 1: Io vivi ancor!
  6. ACT 1, Scene 1: Ascolta…Nel furor delle tempeste
  7. ACT 1, Scene 1: Del disastro di questi infelice
  8. ACT 1, Scene 1: Per te di vane lagrime
  9. ACT 1, Scene 1: Sorgete, è in me dover quella pietade
  10. ACT 1, Scene 1: Lo sognai ferito
  11. ACT 1, Scene 1: Quando a un trattoil mio consorte
  12. ACT 1, Scene 1: Sventurata, anch’io deliro
  13. ACT 1, Scene 2: Evviva! allegri!
  14. ACT 1, Scene 2: Ebben?…Verrà
  15. ACT 1, Scene 2: Perchè cotanta io prendo d’uno stranier pietà
  16. ACT 1, Scene 2: Se un giorno fia che ti tragge
  17. ACT 1, Scene 2: Tu sciagurato!
  18. ACT 1, Scene 2: Pietosa al padre!
  19. ACT 1, Scene 2: Bagnato dalle lagrime d’un cor
  20. ACT 1, Scene 3: Più temuto, più splendido nome
  21. ACT 1, Scene 3: Sì vincemmo
  22. ACT 1, Scene 3: Mi abbraccia, o donna
  23. ACT 1, Scene 3: All’accento, al mento
  24. ACT 1, Scene 3: Parlati ancora per poco.
  25. ACT 1, Scene 3: Ebben: cominci, o barbara.
  26. ACT 1, Scene 3: Ah! partiamo, i miei tormenti

Disc 2

  1. ACT 2, Scene 1: Meno agitat e oppressa
  2. ACT 2, Scene 1: Vieni: siam sole alfin
  3. ACT 2, Scene 1: Arresta…Ognor mi fuggi!
  4. ACT 2, Scene 1: Tu m’apristi in cor ferita
  5. ACT 2, Scene 1: Ah! lo sento: fra poco disciolta
  6. ACT 2, Scene 1: Che rechi?
  7. ACT 2, Scene 2: Lasciami, forma umana non può
  8. ACT 2, Scene 2: Eccomi a te, Gualtiero
  9. ACT 2, Scene 2: Per noi tranquillo un porto
  10. ACT 2, Scene 2: Cedo al destin orribile
  11. ACT 2, Scene 2: Partie alfine: il tempo vola
  12. ACT 2, Scene 3: Lasso! Perir così
  13. ACT 2, Scene 3: Fermate. Nessun s’appressi
  14. ACT 2, Scene 3: Tu vedrai la sventurata
  15. ACT 2, Scene 3: Già s’aduna il gran concesso
  16. ACT 2, Scene 3: Ma non fia sempre odiata
  17. ACT 2, Scene 4 (New York): Introduzione
  18. ACT 2, Scene 4 (New York): Oh! s’io potessi dissipar le nubi
  19. ACT 2, Scene 4 (New York): Col sorriso d’innocenza
  20. ACT 2, Scene 4 (New York): Qual suono ferale echeggia
  21. ACT 2, Scene 4 (New York): Oh, Sole! ti vela di tenebre
  22. ACT 2, Scene 4 (Amsterdam): Introduzione
  23. ACT 2, Scene 4 (Amsterdam): Oh! s’io potessi dissipar le nubi
  24. ACT 2, Scene 4 (Amsterdam): Col sorriso d’innocenza
  25. ACT 2, Scene 4 (Amsterdam): Qual suono ferale echeggia
  26. ACT 2, Scene 4 (Amsterdam): Oh, Sole! ti vela di tenebre

Recording location: New York, Carnegie Hall, 27th January 1959

Live recording