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Puccini: Tosca /De Sabata, Callas, Di Steffano, Gobbi, Et Al


Release Date: 09/07/2004 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 62893   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angelo MercurialiDario CaselliAlvaro [boy soprano] CordovaFranco Calabrese,   ... 
Conductor:  Victor De Sabata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Yes, it's the Callas Tosca yet again, this time reissued in EMI's Great Recordings of the Century series, and it's still the one version that you must own if you've been visiting another galaxy this past half-century and for some reason haven't heard it yet. It has the incomparable Callas, fiery yet also touching and vulnerable where necessary, the lusty-lunged Giuseppe di Stefano shouting up a storm, and the best of all possible Scarpias in Tito Gobbi. Okay, I have to be honest: the legendary Victor de Sabata doesn't bring anything to the work that others haven't subsequently done equally well, but he certainly stands with the best conductors of this score, and EMI's honest mono engineering still sounds like honest mono Read more engineering--solid, natural, a bit restricted in dynamic range but listenable to the point where the performance very quickly takes over from sonic considerations. Buy. Own. Enjoy. [10/4/2004]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor), Dario Caselli (Bass), Alvaro [boy soprano] Cordova (Boy Soprano),
Franco Calabrese (Bass), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor), Tito Gobbi (Baritone),
Maria Callas (Soprano), Melchiorre Luise (Bass)
Conductor:  Victor De Sabata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1953 
Venue:  La Scala Theater, Milan, Italy 
Length: 109 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Ah! Finalmente! (Angelotti)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: E sempre lava! (Sagrestano/Cavaradossi)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Sante ampolle! Il suo ritratto! (Sagrestano/Cavaradossi)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Dammi i colori!...Recondita armonia (Cavaradossi/Sagrestano)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Gente là dentro! (Cavaradossi/Angelotti/Tosca)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Mario! Mario! Mario!....Son qui! (Tosca/Cavaradossi)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Ora stammi a sentir (Tosca/Cavaradossi)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Or lasciami al lavoro (Tosca/Cavaradossi)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Ah, quegli occhi! Quale occhio al mondo (Tosca/Cavaradossi)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Mia gelosa! (Tosca/Cavaradossi)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: È buona la mia Tosca (Cavaradossi/Angelotti)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Sommo giubilo, Eccellenza! (Sagrestano/Chierici, Confratelli, Allievi e Cantori della cappella)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Un tal baccano in chiesa! (Scarpia/Sagrestano/Spoletta)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Tosca? Che non mi veda (Scarpia/Tosca/Sagrestano)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Ed io venivo a lui tutta dogliosa (Tosca/Scarpia)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Tre sbirri, una carrozza...(Scarpia/Spoletta/Chierici/ Confratelli/Allievi/Cantori e Capitolo della cappella/Folla)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Tosca è un buon falco! (Scarpia/Sciarrone)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Ha più forte sapore (Scarpia/Sciarrone)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: O galantuomo, come andòla caccia? (Scarpia/Spoletta)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Meno male! (Scarpia/Cavaradossi/Spoletta/Tosca)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Ov'è Angelotti? (Scarpia/Cavaradossi/Spoletta/Tosca)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Ed or fra noi parliam da buoni amici (Scarpia/Tosca)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Sciarrone, che dice il Cavalier? (Scarpia/Sciarrone/Tosca/La voce di Cavaradossi)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Orsù, Tosca, parlate (Scarpia/Tosca/La voce di Cavaradossi/Spoletta/Sciarrone)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Floria!...Amore (Cavaradossi/Tosca/Scarpia/Sciarrone)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Salvatelo!...Io? Voi! (Tosca/Scarpia)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Se la giurata fede debbo tradir (Tosca/Scarpia)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Come tu m'odii! (Tosca/Scarpia)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Vissi d'arte (Tosca)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Vedi, le man giunte io stendo a te! (Tosca/Scarpia/Spoletta)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Io tenni la promessa (Scarpia/Tosca)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Tosca, finalmente mia! (Scarpia/Tosca)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Or gli perdono! (Tosca)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: Andante sostenuto... (Orchestra) Io de'sospiri (Pastore)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: Lento (Le campane suonano mattutino) (Orchestra)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: Largo...(Orchestra)....Mario Cavaradossi? A voi...(Carceriere/Cavaradossi)...Meno (Orchestra)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: E lucevan le stelle (Cavaradossi)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: Moderato con moto (Orchestra)..Ah! Franchigia a Floria Tosca (Cavaradossi/Tosca)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: O dolci mani mansuete e pure (Cavaradossi)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: Senti, l'ora è vicina (Tosca)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: Amaro sol per te m'era il morire (Cavaradossi/Tosca)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: E non giungono (Tosca/Cavaradossi/Carceriere)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: Com'è lunga l'attesa! (Tosca)
Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: Presto! Su, Mario! (Tosca/Spoletta/Sciarrone/Soldati)

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