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Maria Callas: The Legend
Vincenzo Bellini, Georges Bizet, Alfredo Catalani
Maria Callas: The Legend
Genre: Classical
 
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What's the reason for all the fuss about soprano Maria Callas, whose life story is like a study in Greek tragedy? Her great gift was not purity of tone or emission, reliability, or sheer loveliness; it was, rather, her...  more »

      
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What's the reason for all the fuss about soprano Maria Callas, whose life story is like a study in Greek tragedy? Her great gift was not purity of tone or emission, reliability, or sheer loveliness; it was, rather, her ability to change her vocal color and style to suit not only particular periods of opera but to get under the skin of the individual characters she portrayed: Bellini's priestess Norma performing a sacred rite; Puccini's sweetly hopeful Mimí from La Bohème and his innocent Butterfly; Verdi's courtesan Violetta; Bizet's sultry, adult Carmen; Donizetti's raving Lucia, and many others--and you'll believe them all. Much--though not all--of the program is identical to the 1993 anthology La Divina, though there has been some remastering since then. It's a perfect way to sample the art of Callas and begin to understand why, decades after her death, she remains one of the opera world's most revered performers. --Robert Levine

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This is the Callas compilation to buy!
12/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Most Callas compilations are from the late period in her career when she was well past her prime or were of the prime period, but the recording sounds terrible. This one catches one of the great voices ever right at her peak and is beautifully mastered to sound as fresh as if it were recorded today. If you an keep a dry eye all the way through this one you're tougher than I am. Everyone expects to be stunned by the Puccini selections, but wait untill you hear Saint-Saens' Mon couer s'ouvre a ta voix!"
One of the greats....buy this CD!
ronald@xrystal.com | richardson, tx United States | 01/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this CD and was worried about the sound quality...whether the CD would sound old and scratchy or if it would be in fact mastered and polished. To my great satisfaction, it was the really beautifully mastered. I have never heard a voice so beautiful, and as a result I play this CD almost every morning to start off my day! The selections really show off Callas' marvelous voice and techniques, and one feels transported to beautiful places when listening to this CD. As far as vocal character goes, I must say that Callas is unsurpassed. If you are already a Callas fan, you need this and if not yet, you soon will be!"
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BLee | 02/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am quite pleased to have purchased this compilation of Callas' recordings. There is a good balance between more popular arias and those from lesser known operas. The aria from La Wally is a favorite, along with Mamma Morta and J'ai Perdu Mon Eurydice. The CD begins with Casta Diva, which showcases her more famous vocal style. Later in the CD, there is a trilogy of arie from Carmen, and you are stunned to hear her sing mezzo soprano- I had not ever heard the Maria Callas recordings of Carmen, and was really taken aback by her in this performance. It was almost as if another person altogether was singing!My only letdown with this CD is that there is nothing from Turandot, which is supposed to be a magnificent opera, although I have not heard it. That one minor complaint withstanding, I am quite happy with this purchase"