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Opera - Released September 22, 2014 | Warner Classics

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The EMI masters of Maria Callas were re-mastered for the purposes of CD and released as a physical product in 2014. We are happy to offer it now as a full digital product in supreme audio quality. More than 25 years’ worth of music has been collected here, and filter applications have been applied to cover up sound defects (and other distortions). The recordings were passed into the expert hands of sound engineers Allan Ramsey and Simon Gibson, both of Abbey Road, who have made the recordings, under the directions of the Warner Classics label, as close to the sound of the originals as possible.  The gain in terms of sound is undeniable, whether by removing harsh noise or treating distorted sounds, and the natural harmonics have not been altered. What’s more, this decision to remaster everything has resulted in the recovering of the entirety of Callas’s oeuvre – meaning that we need no longer fear the disastrous loss of copies… But who said greater definition and cleanliness of sound permitted a better perception of detail! If we discern the disc’s nuances more clearly, the dynamic adjustments, soundscapes, etc., then we discern a greater fidelity in terms of timbre. Certain defects are, importantly, still left in play. Above all, Callas’s voice sounds more dramatic, brighter, more present, and more beautiful in its phrasing; especially pleasing is that it has been revealed for the first time in all of its acidity, in all of its cracks. With the sound completely rejuvenated, recordings such as La Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Il Trovatore, the Barber of Seville, and others, are as irreplaceable as ever. (GG)
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Opera - Released February 1, 2015 | Myto Historical

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Opera - Released March 1, 2015 | Myto Historical

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Opera - Released September 15, 2017 | Warner Classics

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Opera - Released September 19, 2014 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released February 1, 2015 | Myto Historical

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Opera - Released February 1, 2015 | Myto Historical

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Classical - Released August 30, 1997 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released August 28, 2007 | Warner Classics

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This is a reissue of Maria Callas' first Norma at Covent Garden. In fact, it was her first production of any opera there, one that marked the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship. As you would expect from a live recording made in 1952, the sound is not spectacular, but it is better than many from that era, and the performance is worth putting up with the noise. Norma was a signature role for Callas, and for good reason. She knew how to make bel canto work, how to find the essential and elusive balance between music and drama; every phrase is filled with pathos, but that pathos is communicated primarily through line and color -- very rarely through obvious emoting. Since she was still near the beginning of her international career, the freshness of her voice is still intact. This performance also features the legendary Ebe Stignani in the role of Adalgisa (one of her best), and the lesser-known but terrific Mirto Picchi and Giacomo Vaghi as Pollione and Oroveso, respectively. And, for the "before they were famous" file, listeners can find a young Joan Sutherland singing Clotilde -- ably, but not yet with the vocal presence that would mark her mature career. The package comes with a complete libretto and excellent notes.
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Opera - Released October 7, 2014 | Myto Historical

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Classical - Released September 2, 2002 | Warner Classics

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Opera Extracts - Released January 27, 2008 | Naxos

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Opera Extracts - Released June 10, 2015 | INA Mémoire vive

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Classical - Released December 1, 2014 | Myto Historical

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Opera Extracts - Released September 22, 2014 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released June 29, 2015 | BnF Collection

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Opera - Released September 19, 2014 | Warner Classics

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Opera - Released September 19, 2014 | Warner Classics

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Opera - Released September 14, 2018 | Warner Classics

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Opera - Released September 19, 2014 | Warner Classics

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