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|Gioachino Rossini, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, La Scala Theater Orchestra|
Rossini: Il Turco in Italia - Maria Callas, Nicolai Gedda, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Theatre Orchestra & Chorus of La Scala, Milan
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rater25 | 03/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fine (if severely cut) performance of an enjoyable Rossini opera and a rare example of Callas' considerable comic talents. But as with many of her essential recordings, I bemoan the fact that EMI was so far behind Decca and DG in recording technology. By '53 Decca was recording in full frequency sound and by '54 in full frequency stereo . This recording is from 1954. Yet I have heard many recordings from the '30s which are superior in sound. The recording here is boxy and restricted in the extreme.
So, as a document of Callas' art, this recording is priceless. But if you are looking to savor the glories of Rossini's orchestration, look elsewhere."