It seems somewhat bizarre to realise the fact but out there is a new opera-loving generation who has not been fortunate to hear the unmistakeable voice of Maria Callas in the heyday of her long and sometimes erratic career. This CD, however should redress the balance somewhat. From the earliest recordings through to the years at the New York Met Callas' voice shone like a brilliant diamond and many previous interpretations on vinyl did not do anything like full justice to her remarkable talent. Digital technology, thankfully, has given us an inkling of her true timbre and control from the Casta Diva aria from Bellini's Norma - a role which Callas soon adopted as her own property - through to the final track, another atypical role, Spargia d'amaro Pianto from Lucia di Lammermoor. Her voice soars and glides in the latter with every note bursting with unbearable emotion. It is very easy, and proudly justifiable, to find tears brimming when you hear singing of this quality. Other tracks of note for this reviewer include La Mamma Morta from Giordano's Andrea Chenier and a stunningle awe-inspiring rendition of Vissi d'Arte from Tosca, to my mind one of Puccini's most artistic arias for soprano. If you only buy one opera CD a year then make this THE one, if you are anxiously waiting for the next release from Angela Gheorghiu or Cecilia Bartoli then give yourself a break and wallow in the finest voice ever to grace an opera stage.