Puccini: Tosca by EMI Classics at Your Free Album. MPN: 7243 5 56304 2 1,. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Maria Callas is at the top of her game, and still very much in her vocal prime. Her dramatic approach to ''Tosca'' is arguably even better captured in the live recordings from Covent Garden a decade later, but at that point her voice had lost some of its bloom; depending on your tastes, this may be the better example of her doing the role. Tito Gobbi owned the role of Scarpia, and considered it his finest characterization. Although he and Callas wouldn''t perform the opera together on-stage for
Product Description & Reviews
Maria Callas is at the top of her game, and still very much in her vocal prime. Her dramatic approach to "Tosca" is arguably even better captured in the live recordings from Covent Garden a decade later, but at that point her voice had lost some of its bloom; depending on your tastes, this may be the better example of her doing the role. Tito Gobbi owned the role of Scarpia, and considered it his finest characterization. Although he and Callas wouldn''t perform the opera together on-stage for another 10 years, the chemistry and tension they brought to those later live performances are already in evidence here, as if they have done these roles together many times. The excitement of the second act is electric. And Giuseppe di Stefano still sounds youthful and fresh, not yet vocally worn from years of heavy singing. He makes the perfect partner for Callas, bringing an optimistic passion to the opening scene that sets off her more complicated persona. His final "E lucevan le stelle" is truly heartbreaking. Little can be added to what's been written about this landmark recording, except that Walter Legge's 1953 mono production yields nothing to modern Tosca recordings for vivacity and theatrical impact--especially Maria Callas's. The miraculous Victor de Sabata conjures up a vibrant, inspiring orchestral canvas that enables Callas and her stellar cohorts to work their magic. Tito Gobbi and Callas spur each other on to heights in which the characters take over from the singers in the listener's mind. Giuseppe Di Stefano is on his best behavior, and in fresher voice than on his fine Leontyne Price-Herbert von Karajan remake. On this set, EMI includes texts, translations, and notes that discuss this recording in the context of Callas's mercurial career. --Jed Distler
Features & Highlights
7243 5 56304 2 1,
NR (Not Rated)
5 x 0.75 x 5.75 inches
4.8 x 1.34 x 5.67 inches
Have questions about this item (7243 5 56304 2 1,), or would like to inquire about a custom or bulk order?
If you have any questions about this product by EMI Classics, contact us by completing and submitting the form below. If you are looking for a specif part number, please include it with your message.
Related Best Sellers
mpn: 028942566323, ean: 0028942566323,
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
(View amazon detail page)
Binding: Audio CD
UPC: 028942566323 Following the premiere of A Midsummer Night's Dream, one critic proclaimed the opera ''an achievement far beyond the capacity of any ...
mpn: 724353656522, ean: 0724353656522,
Celtic tenor John McDermott has ''a way of reaching into your past with words that caress the back of your neck'' (The Standard). His eagerly awaited new album is about memories, the circle of life, emotions, and common experiences--the things that b...
mpn: 28944213423, ean: 0028944213423,
This brilliant recording is Sir Colin Davis's second shot at Hector Berlioz's setting of Roméo et Juliette, and it proves one of the best- justified cases for rethinking a score to be found on disc. There are splendid performances from mezzo-soprano...
mpn: 028942762527, ean: 0028942762527,
CD Another Paris Tannhäuser recording, this one seeing the adaptable Placido Domingo take a break from the world of Italianate opera to try on the mantle of Heldentenor. Domingo's clear, manly voice is well suited to the transformation--precisely wh...