Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Maria Callas, Giordano, Lsc|
Giordano: Andrea Chenier (complete opera live 1955) with Maria Callas, Mario del Monaco, Antonino Votto, Orchestra & Chorus of La Scala, Milan
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Great Opera, Wonderful Singing, Terrible Sound
(2 out of 5 stars)
"If EMI is going to release Operas that soundwise are well below their usual standards -- they should at the very least be in reasonably passible sound. That was true for their Callas Lisbon Recording of La Traviata. This one makes for very difficult listening. It is a CD for only the most diehard Callas fan."
Not just ofr Callas die-hards
Ali Kashani | Toronto, ON Canada | 04/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is as electrifying a performance of ANDREA CHENIER as one could imagine.Mario del Monaco and Maria Callas are both in top form. And the crowd goes beserk for them both.The sound is not great (as one would be expect from a live 1955 recording). But this is history. A great night at Italy's most famed opera house, with two legendary singers. What more could one want?"
Who cares about the sound?
Ali Kashani | 01/01/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This recording stunned me. If you have read the wonderful book "Opera: The Rough Guide," you might know that this recording is mentioned as being amazingly hard to find but extraordinarily good. I found it, and I was amazed. Del Monaco is a thrilling, forceful Chenier whose tone is sheer gold. His "Un di" is rivalled only by Franco Corelli. Maria Callas is an impressive Maddalena: touching, but never losing the edge that makes Callas so distinct. The Gerard and the rest of the cast is just OK, and the sound quality IS poor (it's live from the 1950's), but who cares? The singing makes up for it!"