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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

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 

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