Started by knight66, May 08, 2007, 06:16:02 AM
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Quote from: Michel on August 22, 2007, 11:56:09 AMI have re-read this thread I have a few thoughts as a result of now having heard my first Callas recording: Serafin's 1953 Cavaleria Rusticana...Can I say I have never been so powerfully moved by any one voice?Honestly, this first listen is an experience like no other. Her voice has an intense power and fullness that I have never before heard. Equally stunning is her expression. And by this I mean that it is suprising that such a massive voice is also one that is so skillfully controlled unlike, for example, someone like Del Monaco. What I am also stunned and immensely pleased by is her lower register. As someone who often finds soprano's voices too ear pierching, I find this very satisfying. I makes her music-making sound sincere to me; she seemed to have a range that allowed her to do whatever she wanted, despite what conventional wisdom, previous performances and the roles dictated.Let me not take too much credit away from Serafin's brilliant orchestra or the other vocal standouts on the recording, such as Di Stefano. And of course the brilliant music in the first place courtesy of Mascagni. But this recording has immediately become one of my most treasured, and has led me to immediately order Lucia di Lammermoor with Karajan, Gobbi and Di Stefano (what a cast!) and Tosca, again with Gobbi and Di Sefano.Thanks also for the brilliant posts in this thread.
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on September 25, 2007, 04:37:50 AMFor anyone interested in this thread or anyone just getting the Callas bug, EMI have just released a 70 disc set of all Callas's studio recordings, including those she did for Cetra. HMV in Oxford Street are selling this for a ludicrously cheap £70, which works out at £1 per disc. It certainly cost me an awful lot more to collect all these sets!
Quote from: Que on September 25, 2007, 12:32:30 PMI guess no librettos? (I hate that! )Q
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on September 25, 2007, 12:39:42 PMNo, but there is a bonus CD-ROM with full libretti and translations.
Quote from: Michel on September 26, 2007, 03:07:16 AMI can't seem to find a list of everythin included on Amazon - can anyone help?
Quote from: Wendell_E on September 26, 2007, 03:40:12 AMhttp://www.mdt.co.uk/MDTSite/product//5062432.htm
Quote from: Que on September 25, 2007, 06:38:09 PMOh, but that's excellent. Now, I'm even considering this box - I haven't really that much of complete operas with her.Q
Quote from: Renfield on September 26, 2007, 06:04:00 AMI was in a similar spot, and I picked it up on my birthday (September 19th). Should take me a while to listen through it, though!
Quote from: Que on September 26, 2007, 07:43:47 AMRenfield, how is the packaging - envelopes or cases? I'm particularly interested if I can categorise the operas separately in my collection (on composer) and do away with the big cardboard box, or that I have to keep the lot together because of the packaging.Q
Quote from: Michel on May 08, 2007, 07:18:47 AMCan someone list the things that make Callas unique/controversial/special etc. etc
Quote from: Sarastro on December 22, 2007, 12:51:05 PMI can say the only thing that makes her unique is her divine musicianship. (if you know what I mean!)
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