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Maria Callas was born Maria Anna Sophia Cecilia Kalogeropoulou in New York on 2 December 1923 to Greek immigrant parents Evangelia and George Kalogeropoulos. In 1937 Evangelia separated from her husband and returned with her two daughters Maria and Jackie to Greece, where she intended to give them the musical education she could not afford in America. Maria began her vocal studies with the ... Read more in Amazon's Maria Callas Store

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  • Orchestra: Milan La Scala Orchestra
  • Conductor: Victor de Sabata
  • Composer: Giacomo Puccini
  • Audio CD (5 Jan. 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Naxos Historical
  • ASIN: B000111BUG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ah! Finalmente!
2. E Sempre Lava!
3. Sante Ampolle! Il Suo Ritratto!
4. Dammi I Colori ... Recondita Armonia
5. Gente La Dentro!
6. Mario! Mario! Mario! .... Son qui!
7. Ora Stammi a Sentir
8. Or Lasciami Al Lavoro
9. Ah, queli occhi ... Quale occhio al mondo
10. Mia Gelosa!
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Disc: 2
1. Tosca E Un Buon Falco!
2. Ha Piu Forte Sapore
3. O Galantuomo, Come Ando La Caccia?
4. Meno Male!
5. Ov'e Angelotti?
6. Ed Or Fra Noi Parliam Da Buoni Amici
7. Sciarrone, Che Dice Il Cavalier?
8. Orsu, Tosca, parlate
9. Floria! ... Amore
10. Vittoria! Vittoria!
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Franco Calabrese - Maria Callas - Dario Caselli - Alvaro Cordova - Tito Gobbi - Melchiorre Luise - Angelo Mercuriali - Giuseppe di Stefano - Chœur & Orchestre de la Scala de Milan - Victor De Sabata, direction

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Collins on 29 Jan. 2010
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Although this recording hails from 1953 it has never been bettered in my opinion. Walter Legge the recording producer created magic when he assembled all the 'takes' into this magnificent performance. Maria Callas at her best, Di Stefano's pure and ringing tones, Tito Gobbi, hair tinglingly wicked, who could ask for more? Mix this with Puccini's music played with such consumate artistry by the La Scala Orchestra under Victor de Sabata - why the orchestra itself seems to sing! Recommended, recommended...
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Harvey on 11 Dec. 2006
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The quality of this recording is significantly better than the original EMI disc. All the principals are in superb voice with each one investing their character with the perfect balance of emotions and style. The whole disc is a masterpiece and at this price an absolute 'must have' for anyone with an interest in opera.
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By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2014
Format: Audio CD
This performance of Tosca was recorded in 1953 by the Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, [Chorus Master Vittore Veneziana], conducted by Victor de Sabata, 1892-1967. The cast included Maria Callas, 1923-77, as Floria Tosca, Giuseppe di Stefano, 1921-2008, as Cavaradossi, Tito Gobbi, 1913-84, as Scarpia and Franco Calabrese, 1923-92, as Angelotti.

The comprehensive leaflet includes a text by David Patmore that includes the background to the opera and this performance, and a particularly detailed Synopsis by Keith Anderson.

The conductor is much more than a pernickety martinet, even though Patmore says that the finale to Act 1 was recorded thirty times before he was satisfied – Gobbi’s comments on these interruptions to his ‘Tre sbirri, una carrozza’ Te Deum scene being unknown. At the end of Act 2, Callas spent 30 minutes on her closing words, ‘E Avanti a lui tremava tutti Roma’ before de Sabata was satisfied. Throughout, his aim was to accentuate the drama by focusing on accent, rhythm, colour and melody. He also ensured that Callas was effectively integrated into a team rather than simply being the first star amongst stars as is generally the case in her recorded legacy. Significantly, once ‘miles of tape’ had been created, de Sabata was content to let Walter Legge, the producer, compile the master tape. The conductor brings the opera to a close with similar finality to Strauss’ Salome, premiered just 5 years after Tosca in 1905.

Many consider this to be Callas’ best recording, her voice vividly describing the conflicting dramatic emotions of her character. She makes the listener want to cringe then cheer as she stabs Scarpia.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Cantlie on 13 April 2009
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This is the definitive recording of Tosca so I was astounded that it came without a libretto. Its absence should have been mentioned in the sales pitch.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judy Spotheim on 26 April 2011
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It is well known by now that this Tosca could not at the present time be bettered by any other cast.
Just note that this very same recording appeared on EMI's own CDs - and was also licensed to Brilliant edition which sonically is to be much preferred to this Naxos edition.
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