Puccini: Tosca: senti, l'ora e' vicina...Amaro sol per te
Puccini: Madama Butterfly: Quanto cielo....Ancora un passo or via
Puccini: Madama Butterfly: Vogliatemi bene
Puccini: Madama Butterfly: Un bel di vedremo
Puccini: Madama Butterfly: Con onor muore
Puccini: Suor Angelica: Senza mamma
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro
Puccini: Turandot: Signore, ascolta
Puccini: Turandot: In questa reggia
Puccini: Tu che di gel sei cinta
Track Listings (16) - Disc #5
Gluck: Orphee et Eurydice: J'ai perdu mon Eurydice
Gluck: Alceste: Divinites du Styx
Bizet: Carmen: L'amour est un aiseau rebelle
Bizet: Carmen: Pres des remparts de Seville
Bizet: Carmen: les tringles des sistres tintaient
Bizet: Carmen: Carreau! Pique!
Gounod: Romeo et Juliet: Ah! Je veux vivre dans ce reve
Thomas: Mignon: Ah, pour ce soir...Je suis Titania
Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust: D'amour l'ardente flamme
Massenet: Werther: Werther! Qui m'aurait dit...Des cris joyeux
Gounod: Faust: Un bouquet!...Ah! je ris
Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila: Printemps qui commence
Saint-Saens: Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix
Massenet: Manon: Je ne suis que faiblesse...Adieu, notre petite table
Massenet: Manon: Suis-je gentille ainsi?....Je marche sur tous les
Charpentier: Louise: Depuis le jour
Track Listings (17) - Disc #6
Giordano: Andrea Chenier: La mamma morta
Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur: Ecco-respiro appena. lo son l'umile ancells
Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur: Poveri fiori
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana: Voi lo sapete, o mamma
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci: Qual fiamma avea nel guardo...Hui!
Boito: Mefistofele: L'altra notte in fondo al mare
Catalani: La Wally: Ebben? ne andro lontana
Cherubini: Medea: Dei tuoi figli
Spontini: La Vestale: O Nume tutelar
Spontini: La Vestale: Caro oggetto
Gluck: Iphigenie en Tauride: O malheureuse Iphigenie
Mozart: Don Giovanni: Or sai chi l'onore
Mozart: Don Giovanni: In quali eccessi, o Numi!
Massenet: Le Cid: De cet affreux combat...Pleurez, pleurez, mes yeux!
Ponchielli: La Gioconda: Suicidio!
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschere: Morro, ma prima in grazia
Verdi: Don Carlo: O don fatale
Best Callas 100 (part of the Best Classics 100 series) features 6 CDs of the best and most popular operatic arias and duets sung by legendary soprano Maria Callas from her EMI catalog of complete operas and recital albu... more »ms. Each CD contains approx. 16-17 tracks.
Best Callas 100 (part of the Best Classics 100 series) features 6 CDs of the best and most popular operatic arias and duets sung by legendary soprano Maria Callas from her EMI catalog of complete operas and recital albums. Each CD contains approx. 16-17 tracks.
CD 1 The Operas of Bellini
CD 2 The Operas of Donizetti and Rossini
CD 3 The Operas of Verdi
CD 4 The Operas of Puccini
CD 5 French Operatic Heroines
CD 6 Dramatic Heroines
"When I looked at the contents of this 6 CD set in relation to the price, I thought there must be a catch. Perhaps the sound quality would be poor or there would be some other defect. But it was cheap enough, so I took a chance. Having purchased it and listened to most of it, I was pleasantly surprized. Sounds great and there are no defects which i have noticed. Of course, there is no need for me to recommend Callas herself. For anyone who knows or cares about Italian opera, or great art, for that matter, there in none to compare with Callas. Even if you are already a fan and have many of the selections on previous CDs (This appears to be all re-issued material.), I recommend buying this one. The tracks are very nicely arranged. Having a CD devoted just to Bellini (CD 1) and others just for Verdi (CD 3) or Puccini (CD 4) is really a good thing. Considering how inexpensive this set is, even if you had all the tracks already, it would not be worth the trouble to burn similar CDs yourself. If you are new to Callas, buy this set and, if her greatness is not lost on you (as it is, strangely, with some) you will get more than a small glimpse into her genius and the richness of her recorded legacy."
Lostgirl | 04/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was hestant about purchasing this recording due to the low price. But this is really a great buy: A six disc compillation of Maria Callas' highlights grouped by genre/composer. If you are new to opera, this is an excellent introduction to what made Callas so unique as an artist: her passion, her ability to change her timbre, the weight of her voice, her vocal colors, to suit each role. Each disc feautres a different composer or repetoire so the listener gets to hear Callas in a differnt context. Since there are about a million "best of" complillations for Callas it's a bit overwhelming and difficult to know where to start. This is definately the most complete, and the best value for your money."
Deal of the Century!
R. E. Kenyon | 04/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A six CD set at this price is unbelievable! If you are a beginner, start here and if you are a long time fan and have every recording under the sun like I do, it's still nice to have the CD's grouped by composer. Highly recommended!"
Six discs, great price, but... a few obvious choices missing
cherubino | Houston, Texas United States | 07/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"EMI's spate of Callas re-issues and compilations in the past few years is more distressing than commendable. First, what does it say about the state of the classical music market today, when a label's marquee artist is a soprano who passed away thirty years ago, and whose recordings are a half-century old? Second, just how many ways can you re-package Callas?
Those quandaries aside, this is highly recommended to those with a passing interest in either Callas, or opera in general. With six discs tucked inside a standard double jewel case, offered at a bargain price, it's a no-brainer. So what if linear and biographical notes are missing? So much has been written about Callas, it's doubtful that anyone could come up with original essay about her life and artistic legacy.
Again, if you have no Callas or (gasp!) no opera in your CD collection, BUY THIS COMPILATION. However, those of us who already have both will find some glaring omissions.
In my mind, there are two pitfalls where a six-disc Callas retrospective is concerned. First, the need to achieve a balance in Maria's studio output produces something of a constraint. For example, there could have easily been two Verdi discs. As previously noted, Sempre Libera is missing. But there are other examples, such as Ernani, Involami, Tu Che Le Vanita(!), and arias from Nabucco.
Second, creating a balanced list of 100 Maria Callas excerpts inevitably includes some that expose her improper technique. Now, as rival diva Leyla Gencer once stated, Callas had the "sacred fire," which compensated for her imperfect techique (I'm paraphrasing here). That fire roars with life when it comes to dramatic verismo arias, such as La Mamma Morta, Voi Lo Sapete, and Suicidio. It doesn't crackle when it comes a Mozart aria like Or Sai Chi L'Onore, where her utter lack of Mozartean technique is laid bare. Callas just couldn't work her magic over it, like she did with Mi Tradi Quell'alma Ingrata.
These are minor quibbles, though, in the final analysis. You get double the content of the Callas La Divina collector's box set, for less than half the cost!
One of the best collection of Callas on CD
Smbat Mikaelian | 05/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is realy Maria Callas 100 best classics collection, surprisingly with very good sound ,without any noise or distortion .Six CDs, each of them 70 -79 min very enjoyable..Thank you EMI for this grate production..."