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    Callas live boxset volume two.....

    I already have volume one, extremely cheap at Amazon USA ($17 new) for 14 CD seven opera set, the shipping alone individually would cost more. Keep in mind that these are live 1950s perfomances so sound is sometimes not great, I already have all studio performances so this offers more areas to explore for devoted Callas disciples

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    I have that La Vestale and Poliuto and these are hardly enjoyable because of terrible sound, but they are worth of attention anyway, for me duo Callas/Corelli is as much (if not even more) priceless in any possible appearance as her recordings with Di Stefano.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    I have that La Vestale and Poliuto and these are hardly enjoyable because of terrible sound, but they are worth of attention anyway, for me duo Callas/Corelli is as much (if not even more) priceless in any possible appearance as her recordings with Di Stefano.
    I am listening now to 1954 live Vestale (La Scala with Votto) and actually the sound is above average, like most live 1950s recordings the solo and duet vocal sections are decent but full scale loud orchestra and large choral sections are heavily distorted........

    Another "problem" with these ultra cheap boxsets is that tracks are very long making harder to skip to specific arias/passages. They do try to keep full acts intact when dividing up to next CD


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    I didn't purchase it, per se, it was a gift.

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    Welcome, AmanteFigaro! What do think of this recording? Would you recommend it to other Baroque opera fans?

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    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    This version of Káta Kabanová seems to consistently score well with reviews. Let's see.


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    Yes, I've seen it, it's very good.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    A new Lakme performance to supplement my aged Sutherland version..........



    These are both Opera Australia productions, judging from youtubes I will not be let down.......


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    Schigs keeps talking about this Russian girl so I better check her out, also the Scotto live boxset (some early jewels in there)


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    Sospiro, I know I'm waaaay behind on the posts, since I'm just catching up, but I like your taste. Speaking of favorite singers.......ANYTHING sung by Nicolai Gedda has to be in my possession! So I'm trying to order whatever I don't have. And if you like Gedda with Talvela, the Met recently issued the DVD of their 1978 Bartered Bride with Gedda, Stratas, Vickers, and Talvela, Levine on the podium. I was actually at that performance (I'd like to say I was still "in utero," but I won't lie....), and it was a magical one! Beczala and Giordani both know that even though I adore them, there will always be only Gedda! Since I've been making faux pas since I registered here, I probably have this in the wrong place, so I will say that the last 3 CDs I ordered, were the historical 1963 Manon with Gedda and de los Angeles, and both of Piotr Beczala's solo albums, "Salut," and "Slavic." I think they're divine. Sorry if this is long, but you DO have good taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Schigs keeps talking about this Russian girl so I better check her out, also the Scotto live boxset (some early jewels in there)

    Russian? Sondra is American!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Russian? Sondra is American!
    Oh yeah.....so she is, I had also forgotten I saw her recently on a new MET Trovatore
    Stuck with Zajick again as Azucena, ughhh


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    Not sure what to expect of Szymanowski's King Roger (1926) and this production. Let's see.


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