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Tosca Comp

Giacomo Puccini Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. TOSCA: Act One - Ah! Finalmente! (Angelotti, Sagrestano, Cavaradossi)
2. TOSCA: Act One - Dammi i colori...Recondita armonia (Cavaradossi, Sagrestano)
3. TOSCA: Act One - Gente lÓ dentro! (Cavaradossi, Angelotti, Tosca)
4. TOSCA: Act One - Mario! Mario! Mario!
5. TOSCA: Act One - Ah, quegli occhi... Quale occhio al mondo pu˛ star di paro (Tosca, Cavaradossi)
6. TOSCA: Act One - E' buona la mia Tosca (Cavaradossi, Angelotti, Sagrestano, Coro)
7. TOSCA: Act One - Un tal baccano in chiesa! (Scarpia, Sagrestano, Spoletta)
8. TOSCA: Act One - Or tutto Ŕ chiaro...Tosca? Che non mi veda... Mario! Mario! (Scarpia, Tosca, Sagrestano)
9. TOSCA: Act One - Ed io venivo a lui tutta dogliosa (Tosca, Scarpia)
10. TOSCA: Act One - Tre sbirri, una carrozza (Scarpia, Spoletta, Coro)
Disc: 2
1. TOSCA: Act Two - Tosca Ŕ un buon falco! (Scarpia, Sciarrone)
2. TOSCA: Act Two - Ha pi¨ forte (Scarpia, Sciarrone, Spoletta)
3. TOSCA: Act Two - Meno male! (Scarpia, Sciarrone, Cavaradossi)
4. TOSCA: Act Two - Dov'Ŕ dunque Angelotti? (Scarpia, Cavaradossi, Spoletta, Tosca)
5. TOSCA: Act Two - Ed or fra noi parliam da buoni amici...Sciarrone, che dice il Cavalier? (Scarpia, Tosca, Sciarrone, Cavaradossi)
6. TOSCA: Act Two - Ors¨, Tosca, parlate (Scarpia, Tosca, Cavaradossi)
7. TOSCA: Act Two - Nel pozzo... nel giardino (Scarpia, Sciarrone, Tosca, Cavaradossi)
8. TOSCA: Act Two - Se la giurata fede debbo tradir (Scarpia, Tosca)
9. TOSCA: Act Two - Vissi d'arte (Tosca)
10. TOSCA: Act Two - Vedi, le man giunte io stendo a te! (Tosca, Scarpia, Spoletta)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is it MONO or STEREO??? June 15 2009
By carminaburana TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I just received the discs. I have a question. On the outer side of the CD pack it is a ADD STEREO mark. But on the CDs inside it is written MONO.
This is EMI!!!! How can they make such a mistake?
The recording has a good sound considering it was recorded 40 years ago, but it is difficult to guess which part is correct since the receiver upgrades itself the sound. Anyway I was disappointed and confused. Other than that the package includes a booklet that contains the libretto and some essays on Puccini and Maria Callas.
Maria's voice is full of drama. Her quality of singing even in her decline era was still amazing. This CD is a must have for all Maria Callas lovers.
Only EMI has to decide whether the recording is mono or stereo. All my stars go to Maria.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The last one... July 12 2004
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This recording was the last complete recording Callas ever recorded in the studio. Originally this should serve for a film of Tosca as directed by Herbert von Karajan. When this project was abandoned the "soundtrack" remained, offering us the deepest portrayal of Tosca on disc. Of course Callas' voice isn't as rich as on the miraculous recording from 1953 but compared to 1960-63 her voice has grown steadier and more balanced, more beautiful in the middle and the mezzo-range. Her "Vissi d'arte" alone is worth the entire price. And having Gobbi&Bergonzi as partners makes this Tosca absolutely essential for everyone who wants to know what TOSCA is about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perche signore, me ne rimuneri cosi? June 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
Just an anecdote. There was a coincidence of my acquisition of this record and a personal love disappointment. The day before some friends were talking to me about Tebaldi's Vissi d'arte in a contemporary record. The night in question I listened for the first time to Tebaldi's one and suddnly I feel the need to listen again to the Callas' one. It was midnight and I listened to it over and over, up to 17 times in a row. No one else has the capacity and the charm to transmit so much power, so much pain, so much beauty at the same time. Listening to Maria's Vissi d'arte leaves you exhausted, bringing up all the love and all the grief you keep inside. The last note from 'cosi' is the key to your heart.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vocally Proplematic April 13 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Maria Callas always had trouble keeping her high notes under control. By the time of this recording, they were REALLY all over the map. Yes, she is dramatic but the singing is so wild! One of my biggest complaints of Callas is her vowels. The vowel E becomes Euh. Oddly enough, she turned that around in the 70's for her recital tours. I bought her last North American recital (with Di Stefano) from Amazon and was quite surprised. E, became E, thankfully. The wobble shows up a little less that it had in the past, too. There is a great one, though, on the high note in Suicidio! It's hysterical.
I just can't stomach the voice at this time in her career. Other soprano's with long careers, such as Freni and Sutherland, also had wobbles late in life, but the voice was still beautiful. Go for Carmen if you want to hear late Callas. There are few high notes and she is wonderfully dramatic. Get the Freni Toscas if you want a really great recording.
The rest of the cast is great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Opera - Callas Owns This Role July 8 2002
Format:Audio CD
Maybe like Tiger Woods has re-defined golf, someone will come along and re-define Tosca. But while we wait for that day the great Tosca is Callas. As others have noted, her voice isn't at its peak here. And it is a rather unique voice, you either love it or it drives you crazy.
I love her drama and commitment to the role more than the qualities in her voice. However, this is a very compelling production and I recommend it highly. If you want to know Tosca you have to know the Callas recordings.
The story is quite dramatic and everyone finds it involving. My kids even found it exciting and sad. That was in no small part due to the fine singing on this recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN UNDERRATED GEM July 5 2001
Format:Audio CD
It's common to talk about the 1953 de Sabata recording at the expense of this one. I would not do without either. This one has several advantages: 1) Though Callas's voice has deteriorated, she is in her skinny Callas voice here, not the fat Callas voice (where she sounds like she's singing into a bottle.) I like both, but if you prefer thin Callas, this is the Tosca for you; 2) This is a more histrionic TOSCA -- that doesn't make it better or worse, but it's definitely different enough to set it apart; 3) Her Vissi D'arte is her best, ever, and she recorded it many times; 4) The stereo sound is gorgeous; 5) I prefer De Stefano, but Bergonzi brings something special to this, too; 6) Gobbi, in the spirit of this production, pulls out the dramatic stops. This is the melodramatic TOSCA, and the '53 is the dramatic TOSCA. Two versions, both great.
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