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Maria Callas – ” Il Dolce Suono… Ardon Gli Incensi… Spargi D’Amaro Pianto” – “Mad Scene” – “Lucia di Lammermoor” – 1953 by Luca

“Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor was first ­performed in Naples in 1835, and has been on and off the boards ever since. While unusually full of memorable tunes, the main reason for its popularity across nearly two ­centuries, and why audiences still flock to it today, rests on one moment. This is the famous third-act mad […]

Giovanni Battista Bassani (1650 – 1716) – “Sinfonie a 2 e 3 strumenti col basso continuo per l’organo. Opera quinta novamente ristampata anno 1688, decripta per SB., anno 1695” – Philippe Jaroussky countertenor – Ensemble Artaserse Sonata prima (1683) – by Luca

Giovanni Battista Bassani (ca. 1650 – 1 October 1716) was an Italian composer, violinist, and organist. Battista was born in Padua. It is thought that he studied in Venice under Daniele Castrovillari and in Ferrara under Giovanni Legrenzi. Charles Burney and John Hawkins claimed he taught Arcangelo Corelli, but there is no solid evidence for […]

Nicolai Gedda & Maria Callas – “Viene la sera” – “Madama Butterfly” – G. Puccini – Dir. Herbert von Karajan – 1955 by Luca

‎”Madama Butterfly” (“Madame Butterfly”) is an opera in three acts (originally two acts) by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Puccini based his opera in part on the short story “Madame Butterfly” (1898) by John Luther Long, which was dramatized by David Belasco. Puccini also based it on the […]

Heinrich Schlusnus – “Morgen” – R. Strauss (Orchestral version) by Luca

A native of Braubach, Schlusnus studied with voice teachers in Berlin and Frankfurt before making his debut at Hamburg’s opera house in 1915. Schlusnus sang at Nuremberg from 1915 to 1917 and at the prestigious Berlin State Opera from 1917 until 1951. He was engaged by the Chicago Opera for its 1927-28 season and appeared […]

Benedetto Marcello – ” Sonata VII in La minore per clavicembalo “ by Luca

Benedetto Marcello (31 July or 1 August 1686 – 24 July 1739) was a great Venetian composer, writer, advocate, magistrate, and music and singing teacher. His wife, Anna Scalfi, was a great concert performer, and Marcello was the teacher of Faustina Bordoni too, one of the most famous and celebrate performers of ‛700. Born in […]

Arturo Toscanini – Ouverture – “Guglielmo Tell” – G. Rossini by Luca

Arturo Toscanini (March 25, 1867 – January 16, 1957) was an Italian conductor. One of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 19th and 20th century, he was renowned for his intensity, his perfectionism, his ear for orchestral detail and sonority, and his photographic memory. As music director of the NBC Symphony Orchestra he became […]