Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Callas, Verdi, Bellini|
Maria Callas: Live Recordings, 1957-1963
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It's amazing that this album was ever released..............
(Mr.) N. Sean Wright | Whiteville, NC USA | 08/02/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
I could only give this CD 3 stars (barely).
If I were only considering the voice
of Maria Callas, I would have given
a solid 5 stars.
what makes this CD unrecommendable is the audio
quality. I understand perfectly well the
technical audio capabilities of that time period,
and this is totally unacceptable. It sounds as if someone
recorded these recitals on a hand-held tape recorder in
their pocket in the stall of a restroom of a building
across the street; If that good!
You hear more audience noise and feedback hissing
than Callas' performance. It's very difficult to fully appreciate
On a positive note, one track stands out above all. "Al Dolce Guidami" is brilliant. She delivers the song like
a complete emotional episode that she was experiencing
personally at the moment. I have never heard such a
moving rendition; and with it being a live recording, it
adds a further layer of luster.
While the horrid audio quality completely turned me off,
I can honestly say that if you can bear the incidental
noice, you will discover a great set of vocal performances.