Started by bhodges, April 24, 2007, 11:04:11 AM
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Quote from: Tsaraslondon on March 24, 2023, 12:58:33 AMThe last of my Caballé recitals is a two disc complilation, taken from EMI's catalogue, all recorded in the 1970s. Thus we have excerpts from her complete recordings of Il Pirata, Mefistofele (Margherita this time), Turandot (the title role), Guillaume Tell, Giovanna d'Arco and I Puritani, plus a few arias from her Puccini Arias disc with Mackeras, Verdi arias with Guadagno, the Meyerbeer from a disc of duets she made with her husband, Bernabé Martí and a couple of songs from a recital with Alexis Weissenberg.I'm beginning to think that some of these compilation discs work better thanthe usual operatic recital discs. The Puccini items certainly benefit from being peppered throughout the disc, as a string of Puccini soprano arias, one after another, can start to sound a bit samey and I really enjoyed listening to these two discs at a single sitting. It is good to be reminded how good a singer Caballé was throughout the 1970s. Very occasionally, she can sound a little affected, a little too self conscious, but at her best, she can compare with the greats of the pre-LP era.Though this recital listening project is an exerices in whittling down my recital section, much of which I rarely listen to, it is interesting that I ended up deciding to keep all my Caballé discs.
Quote from: Papy Oli on April 02, 2023, 01:27:32 AMMelartin - Symphony No.1
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on April 03, 2023, 03:37:16 PMNot repertoire one would associate with Callas, and not, it has to be admitted, one of her most successful recitals. The most succesful items are Beethoven's Ah! perfido! whch teems with drama, as does Ocean, though mighty monster from Weber's Oberon (sung in English). Of the Mozart items, she is most comfortable in Elvira's Mi tradi. Maybe not essential Callas, but she is never dull.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on April 04, 2023, 08:29:29 AMYou have certainly been on quite the Callas jaunt lately! PD
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