Puccini: Tosca

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All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
This is one of the most justly revered operatic recordings ever made -- a dramatic and musical gold standard for "Tosca" despite its advancing age and monophonic sound. It was the last major recording project for Victor de Sabata, one of opera's greatest, yet least often recorded conductors. He brought a distinctive rhythmic urgency to this performance that you can hear from the very first bars, and he wove the vocal and orchestral textures together so organically that they still sound vivid today. He deserves a lot of the credit for making this one of the rare studio recordings that captures the energy and dramatic tension of a live performance. Maria Callas is at the ...
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All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
This is one of the most justly revered operatic recordings ever made -- a dramatic and musical gold standard for "Tosca" despite its advancing age and monophonic sound. It was the last major recording project for Victor de Sabata, one of opera's greatest, yet least often recorded conductors. He brought a distinctive rhythmic urgency to this performance that you can hear from the very first bars, and he wove the vocal and orchestral textures together so organically that they still sound vivid today. He deserves a lot of the credit for making this one of the rare studio recordings that captures the energy and dramatic tension of a live performance. Maria Callas is at the top of her game, and still very much in her vocal prime. Her dramatic approach to "Tosca" is arguably even better captured in the live recordings from Covent Garden a decade later, but at that point her voice had lost some of its bloom; depending on your tastes, this may be the better example of her doing the role. Tito Gobbi owned the role of Scarpia, and considered it his finest characterization. Although he and Callas wouldn't perform the opera together on-stage for another 10 years, the chemistry and tension they brought to those later live performances are already in evidence here, as if they have done these roles together many times. The excitement of the second act is electric. And Giuseppe di Stefano still sounds youthful and fresh, not yet vocally worn from years of heavy singing. He makes the perfect partner for Callas, bringing an optimistic passion to the opening scene that sets off her more complicated persona. His final "E lucevan le stelle" is truly heartbreaking.
Daily Telegraph - Matthew Rye
[Callas's] incisive edge is put to good use in what is one of the most psychologically perceptive and purely dramatic readings of the role on disc.
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  • Release Date: 8/19/1997
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • UPC: 724355630421
  • Catalog Number: 56304

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–30 Tosca, opera - Maria Callas & Giacomo Puccini (107:48)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byVictor de Sabata
    Performed byMaria Callas, Franco Calabrese, Dario Caselli, La Scala Theater Orchestra & Chorus, Victor de Sabata, Tito Gobbi, Melchiorre Luise, Angelo Mercuriali, Giuseppe di Stefano, Vittore Veneziani, Alvaro Cordova
    1. 1Act One: Ah! Finalmente!
    2. 2Act One: Dammi I Colori...Recondita Armonia
    3. 3Act One: Gente Là Dentro!
    4. 4Act One: Mario! Mario! Mario!
    5. 5Act One: Ah, Quegli Occhi...Quale Occhio Al Mondo Può Star Di Paro
    6. 6Act One: È Buona La Mia Tosca
    7. 7Act One: Un Tal Baccano In Chiesa!
    8. 8Act One: Tutto È Chiaro... Tosca? Che Non Mi Veda... Mario! Mario!
    9. 9Act One: Ed Io Venivo A Lui Tutta Dogliosa
    10. 10Act One: Tre Sbirri, Una Carrozza
    11. 11Act Two: Tosca È Un Buon Falco!
    12. 12Act Two: ha Più Forte
    13. 13Act Two: Meno Male!
    14. 14Act Two: Dov'è Dunque Angelotti?
    15. 15Act Two: Ed Or Fra Noi Parliam Da Buoni Amici... Sciarrone, Che Dice Il Cavalier?
    16. 16Act Two: Orsù, Tosca, Parlate
    17. 17Act Two: Basta, Roberti
    18. 18Act Two: Nel Pozzo... Del Giardino
    19. 19Act Two: Se La Giurata Fede Debbo Tradir
    20. 20Act Two: Vissi D'arte
    21. 21Act Two: Vedi, Le Man Giunte Io Stendo A Te!
    22. 22Act Two: E Qual Via Scegliete?
    23. 23Act Three: Lo De'sospiri
    24. 24Act Three: Mario Cavaradossi? A Voi
    25. 25Act Three: E lucevan Le Stelle
    26. 26Act Three: Ah! Franchigia A Floria Tosca
    27. 27Act Three: O Dolci Mani Mansuete E Pure
    28. 28Act Three: E Non Giungono
    29. 29Act Three: Com'è Lunga L'attesa!
    30. 30Act Three: Presto! Su, Mario! Mario! Su! Presto! Andiam!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A TRULY NONPAREIL ACHIEVEMENT

    What else can I add to what has been written about this miraculous recording? Recordings of Tosca might be out there by the dozens, some of them quite decent and resepectful, yet this is the ONLY ONE that will always be the benchmark of what opera can truly be as a supreme artistic channel. Do not take my word for it, just buy it , sit back and prepare to be blown away!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE GREATEST OPERATIC RECORDING OF THE 20TH CENTURY

    This is undoubtedly the greatest operatic recording of the 20th century. No other soprano managed to go half the way Callas went this role. Other sopranos might scream or even make you laugh in the dramatic parts by their dramatic exagerration but Callas simply made you shiver again and again even with simple words... When she sings "...torturate l'anima..." with her powerful chest register or when she says: "Come lunga l'atessa..." you will realise how can someone make you shiver without screaming or exaggerating but by simple vocal colors... Gobbi and Di Stefano are exemplary and the entire recording persuades you that this is the only ONE even if you haven't heard any other (when you do hear others you will be disappointed of how they all seem as bad copies of this masterpiece...) This is a recording that EVERYBODY should have in their library...

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