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Maria Callas. Sola, perduta, abbandonata. Manon Lescaut. Giacomo Puccini: great compositions/performances

Maria Callas. Sola, perduta, abbandonata. Manon Lescaut. Giacomo Puccini.

Aristotle Onassis

Aristotle Onassis

Onassis was a Turkish-born Greek financier and shipping magnate who pioneered the use of oil supertankers. He purchased his first ships in the early 1930s, and, over the next couple of decades, his fleet grew to be larger than the navies of many countries. He also founded Olympic Airways, the Greek national carrier. Onassis’s first marriage, to Athina Livanos, daughter of shipping magnate Stavros Livanos, was ended by his famous affair with opera diva Maria Callas. Whom did he marry in 1968? More… Discuss

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Maria Callas and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi sing the Miserere scene from Il Trovatore

Maria Callas and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi sing the Miserere scene from Il Trovatore. (Napoli, 1951)


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Gabriel Fauré, ballade for piano and orchestra, op. 19, Vasso Devetzi, Serge Baudo

No, this is not about Paris. I was floating in memories letting them carry me away. Doing some resetting too.

The first symphonic work by G. Fauré (1845-1924), the great master of french song, had its première in 1881. It was composed earlier when the composer broke his affair with Marianne Viardot (yes, Pauline´s daughter). When Liszt played the work in a friendly meeting with Fauré, arranged by Saint Saens in Weimar in 1877, he said ´´this is too difficult“, leaving the scholars ever since aghast. Some of them claim that Liszt had troubles of vision at that time.

Vasso Devetzi, greek pianist, Thessaloniki, September the 9th, 1927- Paris, November the 1st, 1987. An ambitious artist who defined herself in her cv through her friendships. So, friend of the composer Mikis Theodorakis and late friend of Maria Callas. In the 50´s she moved to Paris. She became friend with Marguerite Long, Henri Sauguet, René Dumesnil, Bernard Gavoty, Claude Rostand, Jacques Fevrier, Jean Roire. . . It is said that M. Long gave the score of this ballade to Devetzi. In the 1960’s and 1970’s she lived long periods in Soviet Union. Soprano Galina Vishnevskaja and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich were her good friends, and she often accompanied them. During her last years she was the president of the Maria Callas Foundation, which provided international scholarships for young singers. She organized the ceremony of spreading Callas´s ashes in the Aegean sea. Greek people, regretfully, rarely talk about Devetzi.

The ballade was recorded in 1963 in Salle Wagram in Paris. An excellent result in my opinion. Serge Baudo conducts Devetzi and the Orchestre de la Socièté des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris, long and dull name for the ancestor of the Orchestre de Paris. Chant du Monde, France. 


Rossini – Il Turco in Italia (A Turk in Italy) – Sinfonia (Overture)

La Scala Orchestra, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor (1954). This is the wonderful Maria Callas recording of this opera, although Callas does not sing on this instrumental overture….