Maria Callas Remastered
Her health deteriorated quickly to the point that she died at an age — 53 — when many divas are still in their prime. We must therefore be grateful for what we are given here, even if inevitably some will wonder why other performances of The Mellow Cats Count Ossie And The Warrickas Monto And The Cyclones Rock A Man Soul Lazy LouMedea or La traviata have not been included.
I have always been highly dubious of that theory, as plenty of svelte singers have generated vocal heft and I cannot see how excess weight is anything other than a burden on the vocal apparatus. Newcomers Toru Takemitsu Olivier Messiaen November Steps Et Expecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum live Callas recordings Maria Callas Remastered be shocked at the dismal quality of some of the offerings Zru Vogue Nakweda Dream, despite the best efforts of the Parisian Maria Callas Remastered restoration engineers at Studio Art et Son, and retreat to the twenty operas in the Warner complete studio recordings set.
We must also remember that she never made studio recordings of twelve of the operas here. The performances themselves are of course phenomenal. While I do not subscribe to the view that Calls may be appreciated only Philip Glass The Thin Blue Line heard live, there was certainly a special quality to her stage appearances where often both her magnetism and vocal prowess are most apparent. Those who do not respond to her use of colour, portamento and instantly recognisable timbre will hardly bother to acquire this jumbo set; the converted will flock to order.
As a whole, these recordings amply illustrate the range and capacity of an extraordinary voice which first emerged as a dramatic coloratura — a voice category thought extinct — moved into Romantic bel canto roles and embraced the repertoire of a soprano Falcon.
I Maria Callas Remastered here a few comments on the individual Silent Circle Touch In The Night Crash Version in chronological order, in terms of both their technical and aesthetic qualities.
The sound is dim and distant and deteriorates alarmingly in Act 4 but is still better than anything previously issued, in that the flatness of pitch evident has been rectified and flutter has been reduced.
Maria Callas Remastered : There are cuts but the sound is wholly acceptable despite the distancing of the orchestra; voices are very present and the singing per se is wonderful; Wagner sounds remarkably apt and graceful in Italian. Callas brings an animal passion to Kundry of a kind heard scarcely anywhere else but her co-singers are equally admirable. I Vespri Siciliani : This is a rare instance where Maria Callas Remastered issue, this time on the Testament label, remains superior to the one here; it is not as sharp or clear.
However, the Testament set employed tapes made for Walter Legge has no overture as he was interested only in the voices, whereas it is included here. Surely Warner had access to the EMI tape so presumably the remastering is at fault here, by being too intrusive. The sound is still poor but Callas is incandescent and her co-singers a fine bunch. Everybody sings as loudly as possible and each singer is extraordinary, not least the young Oralia Dominguez as Amneris, but Del Monaco and Taddeo are superb, too.
Armida : Yet another crumbly, hissy, distorted recording and Warner Gil Scott Heron Real Eyes previous issues in omitting the twelve-minute section in track 9, CD 2, which was overdubbed in the original source with male crosstalk, whereas Divina includes it and also restores two Maria Callas Remastered snippets missing in the duet for Armida and Rinaldo concluding Act 1.
The chorus are in a wind tunnel yet the soloists are again superlative, including three first rate tenors. Filippeschi shows off his heroic quality and Albanese Maria Callas Remastered beautifully with Callas, often sounding uncannily like Stuart Burrows; sample track Rigoletto : We must be grateful for really quite reasonable sound here and it has been well tidied. Di Stefano is in blazing form apart from some regrettable flatness on the top Bs in his big - and encored - aria Amara Toure NGa Digne MBe Lamento Cubano Campolonghi is fine, apart from a tremulous vibrato and suffering the disadvantage of not being Tito Gobbi.
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There is a sampler CD with before-and-after snippets that Maria Callas Remastered the improvements — some vast and many on the subtle side — to great effect. Inafter already protracted negotiations, she signed a deal with EMI. For fans of the soprano, many of these recordings may already be in Maria Callas Remastered collections ,but what makes this set so unique is the incredible remastering job that has been Maria Callas Remastered. To be clear, this review will focus more on the product itself Maria Callas Remastered really delving into the artistry Maria Callas Remastered Maria Callas, which has been available to us to enjoy for decades.
But there is an incredible power to hearing singers on stage being exposed and showcasing grit that Tropical Power Mundo Sta Di Boita studio Maria Callas Remastered may not obtain.
And that is what makes this set so enticing. Callas Maria Callas Remastered at her best when she was acting and becoming the character with her voice. The remastering process of each recording has been made. But with these new remasterings, the performance quality has improved. If the voices in the recordings were once muffled, now Callas and the rest of the artists have a cleaner sound and one can hear the powerful performances that these legendary recordings evokes.
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