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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I haven't heard this opera yet. Just looked at Presto's; 40 different recordings for CD. Which are your preferred recordings (either modern or older, with or without Maria)?
    I think the go to version if you keep only one is 1970s Leontyne Price RCA with "Jimmy" Levine and LSO when he was a young gun, I also like the older Price performance with Schippers conducting, you should be able to get good used version at Amazon





    Many other great La forzas but that is where you start IMO.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    What is this?

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    Looks like something/someone Couchie may know personally.

    But French baroque? Maybe not.
    This is Platée, the ugly water nymph (sung by a tenor) who believes that Jupiter, the king of the gods, is in love with her. Here is Paul Agnew in the DVD version. (Love the way Rameau makes the chorus make frog noises towards the end).

    Natalie

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    This MP3 set is an unbelievable bargain: all Bellini operas for less than 10 bucks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    This MP3 set is an unbelievable bargain: all Bellini operas for less than 10 bucks!
    WOW what a deal, I think Amazon MP3 are 256 kpbs quality and there are a total of 463 tracks.
    If you buy tracks individually it would cost $459 compared to $9.49 total for boxset download

    Also you get two Normas and two Sonnambulas, too bad no data disc or digital booklet


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    What is this?

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    Looks like something/someone Couchie may know personally.


    But French baroque? Maybe not.
    That could be. But just remember, as we say here in the states, "It isn't easy being green"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    WOW what a deal, I think Amazon MP3 are 256 kpbs quality and there are a total of 463 tracks.
    If you buy tracks individually it would cost $459 compared to $9.49 total for boxset download

    Also you get two Normas and two Sonnambulas, too bad no data disc or digital booklet

    Too bad I can't get it in NZ %$#@$^$.
    Natalie

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    To add some sanity to this thread.


    YESSSS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    To add some sanity to this thread.


    YESSSS
    Even more sanity is to buy much cheaper used "opera d oro" version, very good live sound


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Even more sanity is to buy much cheaper used "opera d oro" version, very good live sound

    Maybe, but I love the Orfeo presentation. 35d at importcd
    The Opera D'Oro is horrible.
    I think this recording deserves that.
    And i'm hoping the sound is better as well.

    Also, its funny how for Callas its ok to spend oodles of cash, for my Wagner purhases budget buys are preferred.

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    Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
    Boris Christoff, Nicolai Gedda, Eugenia Zaraska, Kim Borg, Anderzej Bielecki
    Issay Dobrowen

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Boris Christoff is amazing - how's the sound?
    Ha ha ha ha!
    Ha ha ha ha!
    Ha ha ha ha!
    Ha ha ha ha!

    Yes very good.

    I don't think anything has been taken away from the remastering/transfer process.
    The producer, award winning Mark Obert-Thorn, makes a note of the poor quality of the original master tape. He explains occurrences of pre-echo (? what? sounds like dolphin language to me) and low-frequency thumps (? what? sounds like rabbit language to me) have been left where they could not be removed unobtrusively. I can't hear anything disrupting or detracting.
    Maybe I am distracted by Boris Christoff and his wonderful voice...

    10/10

    At £10 for a new copy as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    An unforgetable night at La Scala 1955, Pristine Classical remaster is the very best sound recording available, one of my most treasured opera possesions
    Sincere gratitude to Dark_Angel for pointing me in this direction.

    It was an unforgettable moment listening to this recording.

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    Lucia Di Lammermoor (1953)
    Maria Callas
    Giuseppe Di Stefano
    Tito Gobbi
    Chorus & Orchestra ot Maggio Musicale, Florence
    Tullio Serafin, conductor
    Studio recordings, 1953

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    VERDI La Traviata: Maria Callas Studio Recording, 1953
    Maria Callas
    Francesco Albanese
    Ugo Savarese
    Coro Cetra Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI
    Conductor Gabriele Santini
    Studio recording, 1953

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    I wasn't planning to buy this as well but look at that face. Oh my God! I would have given Oliver a second helping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Sincere gratitude to Dark_Angel for pointing me in this direction.

    It was an unforgettable moment listening to this recording.
    Keep going you must own all Callas on Pristine Classical label, money is irrelevant when acquiring such treasures!

    I really like the "ambient stereo" effect, the male voices and bass response really get major upgrade over any other version

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    VERDI La Traviata: Maria Callas Studio Recording, 1953
    Maria Callas
    Francesco Albanese
    Ugo Savarese
    Coro Cetra Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI
    Conductor Gabriele Santini
    Studio recording, 1953

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    I wasn't planning to buy this as well but look at that face. Oh my God! I would have given Oliver a second helping.

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    This is a studio recording originally done for Italian La Cetra label which EMI later bought out, unfortunately we don't have have Di Stephano and Gobbi because of this but Callas caught in such dramatic fresh voice is unforgettable!

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