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Subject: Re: Hina Spani
From: Russ Geschke <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Russ Geschke <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 7 Mar 2018 11:19:55 -0600
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But Serafin did conduct Callas in Il Trovatore performances at Naples' 
Teatro San Carlo in January 1951 (a recording of the performance on 27 
January 1951 is available on CD).  So Ms. Prada's hypothesis is grounded on 
fact.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Maxwell Paley" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 5:09 PM
Subject: Re: Hina Spani


Interesting about Callas and Spani in “Trovatore” but unlikely that it 
passed through Serafin. Since he wasn’t conducting her first performances, 
Serafin refused to coach Callas on the role, leaving her on her own to learn 
it. If she was clued in to Spani. she might well have listened to those 
recordings.

Max Paley

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> On Mar 6, 2018, at 15:05, R PRADA <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> Here’s something you may not know. She was allowed to go into the library 
> of the Vatican and that is where she found the scores of the old Italian 
> arias that she recorded with chamber orchestra. Among the Se Florindo e 
> fedele. And I don’t know how much attention you paid to her recording of 
> Amarilli, mia bella.  It is absolutely wonderful. He phrasing, and her 
> breaths, the way she creates the line is absolutely fantastic. I see that 
> in one of the reviews I read, her pianist was Castelnuovo-Tedesco, so they 
> must have been on good terms. And of course she sang for Ernst Bloch. Very 
> interesting time sin Italy.
>
> And I am pretty sure I told you that once for the hell of it I listened to 
> every version of the Trovatore arias I could find, and I cam to the 
> conclusion that Callas listened to her, because only two people of all of 
> them had that phrasing. But here is another thought - since Spani sang 
> with Serafin, he may have coached Callas and Spani both.
>
>
> I did talk to Marston about doing Spani’s recordings, and he just said 
> there were so many and he couldn’t do them all. True enough. He did say he 
> would soon be getting around to Jean Baptiste Faure, a person whose voice 
> I would very much like to hear.
>
> RP
>
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