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Puccini: Tosca / Tebaldi, Di Stefano, Gobbi
Renata Tebaldi, Giuseppe di Stefano, Tito Gobbi
Puccini: Tosca / Tebaldi, Di Stefano, Gobbi
Genre: Classical
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All Artists: Renata Tebaldi, Giuseppe di Stefano, Tito Gobbi
Title: Puccini: Tosca / Tebaldi, Di Stefano, Gobbi
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Label: Opera D'oro
Release Date: 8/25/1998
Genre: Classical
Style: Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 723723361028


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Tebaldi/Di Stefano at their Prime
F. Barton | Newport, WA USA | 10/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It may be true that the sound on this recording is substandard, but NOT anymore so than many operas released at over $50!!! Not to mention the tremendous work from the three priniples. I have NEVER heard the third act sung so magnificently. Tebaldi always had the strength in Act III, this time she is in the company of the great Di Stefano, who matches her every step of the way. This TWO CD set is MORE than worth the price, especially since this particular recording has not turned up before. The entire performance is first rate and in my opinion, the tympani player should have received FOURTH billing, making the music thrilling and dramatic to the point of sheer enjoyment. A MUST have."
A Special Performance from the Long Gone "Golden Age"
Jon M. De Benedictis | Fairfield, CT United States | 08/27/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As I've mentioned in other reviews, the treat of Opera D'Oro recordings is that they bring together casts in live performances that could never happen in the studio. Here is the ultimate example. Tebaldi was contracted with Decca where she recorded a Tosca with del Monaco & George London. Di Stefano did two Tosca's- the legendary EMI w/ Callas from '53 & a Decca recording with Price from '61. Gobbi was Callas' partner on her two EMI Tosca outings.
The joy of Callas' Tosca was to be able to see her in all her dramatic splendor, but from a purely vocal standpoint, Tebaldi had her beat, and this recording proves why. Here she is, in her short-lived prime, giving one of her finest performances commited to recording.
Gobbi is sneering and evil from the start and never fails to give you goosebumps. Di Stefano is heard here in the midst of his notorious vocal crisis and downward spiral. Fortunately, much of the beauty of the voice is still evident in this performance since, vocally, Cavaradossi isn't a particularly challenging role. Even if he lunges at the high-notes, you still can't deny that the man sang with more heart than other tenor of that time and that's particularly evident in the final act.
AS usual, the sound quality is mediocre, at best, but if you can deal with that, then you won't be disappointed."
Jon M. De Benedictis | 07/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the Tosca that Puccini had in his mind!Tosca is an opera singer and with Renata Tebaldi in the title role we get the clearest image of who Tosca really is. Tebaldi's voice is exactly what in this case is needed!A powerful but at the same time moving instrument that also characterises the singer Tosca. As the Opera evolves so does Tebaldi's voice!She gives us the best "Vissi d'arte" ever!!Listen to that "aaaagli altaaar"(though Montserrat Caballe has also given us a wonderful performance) .TEBALDI IS DIVINA TOSCA !!Even Callas-fan critics agree.The rest of the cast is also subleme,Di Stefano is among the best Cavaradossis ever recorded.Gobbi also gives a splendid performance. On the whole if one wants to get the BEST EDITION OF TOSCA.....he should search no more, her it is!"