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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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  • Audio CD (2 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000I0SGY4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By AMA on 31 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Maria Callas - The Studio Recitals
CD1: Puccini Arias [45:14]
CD2: Lyric and Coloratura Arias [49:00]
CD3 Callas at La Scala [41:50]
CD4: Verdi Arias I [49:14]
CD5: Mad Scenes [47:23]
CD6: Callas à Paris I [49:08]
CD7: Callas á Paris II [43:04]
CD8: Verdi Arias II [39:53]
CD9: Mozart, Beethoven, Weber [44:23]
CD10: Rossini and Donizetti Arias [39:22]
CD11: Verdi Arias III [52:07]
CD12: The EMI Rarities 1953-1961 [63:28]
CD13: The EMI Rarities 1962-1989 [51:08]
Maria Callas (soprano)
EMI CLASSICS 0946 3 68033 2 6 [13 CDs: 45:14 + 49:00 + 41:50 + 49:14 + 47:23 + 49:08 + 43:04 + 39:53 + 44:23 + 39:22 + 52:07 + 63:28 + 51:08]
Here EMI have collected all the studio recitals Callas made for the company, including two discs with mop-up takes that were not issued until long after her death. All the discs have been available separately but it is convenient, and it saves shelf-space, to have them in a box with a width corresponding to less than four jewel-cases.

There will probably always be some controversy about the pros and cons of Callas as a singer and actress. It is true that the journey through these thirteen discs, admittedly not always very well-filled, exposed this listener to a fair share of heavy vibrato, squally high notes and throaty delivery, sometimes decidedly ugly. As a remedy there are also heavenly pianissimos, dramatic conviction and a constant identification with the different characters. Whatever she sings there is a face in the singing, no mere vocalizing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KevinR on 4 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you like Callas, this set is for you. Excellent value for money. Recording quality is as good as you could expect. Highly recommended.
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2 of 45 people found the following review helpful
A re-issue? 26 Oct. 2007
By Joseph Hart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Before CDs there was a milti-disc LP set of Callas' studio recitals called Ses Recitals. I bought a copy, got sick of it and gave or threw it away. Some years later I bought another copy and saved it unplayed. More recently, but still some years ago, this set was reissued as a 7 CD set called Ses Recitals 1954 - 1969. It is identical in every way to the LP set except one tune (Beethoven's Perfidio - I'm not sure that's the right selection nor even whether Beethoven ever wrote a concert aria called Perfidio, my LP set is packed away, so I can't look it up) is left off. It seems they've reissued this set yet again, only this time on 13 discs with fewer arias on each disc. The format is the same. A disc of bel canto and mad scenes, a couple discs of French arias, 2 discs (there seems to be 3 in this set) of Verdi, and so on. Anyone who likes Callas (I don't) should snap this up for $43. The title clearly states studio recitals, so there will be no live performances to interfere, and all the numbers on it are clearly listed. When I liked Callas (and I don't know why I ever did, she hooked me on opera in 1967 with Tu che le vanita & Una voce poco fa on a 2 LP set I picked up, and I managed to acquire and save a sealed copy of those LPs, am saving them out of sentiment), I wanted her en mass. I have two sets (one sealed) of Ses Recitals, 2 sets of a thing called Five Heroines (one sealed) which is excerpts (each disc about an hour long exactly) focusing on Callas from 5 operas. And 3 sets (2 sealed) of a dreadful 2 disc thing called The Voice of the Century (I call it dreadful because I don't like very many of the arias). Also I have 3 or 4 copies (none sealed, they didn't come that way) of her live recording of Traviata (the old one, not the totally improved version recently released which I haven't and am not likely to listen to). I just finished listening to her mad scene from Lucia. She has the facility and the range, but I thought the whole affair was dreary. Her voice (which soon wasn't much to begin with) developed a vibrato that quavered and flapped like a sheet blowing in a wind. This and her unpleasant sounding voice I could live with (though there are other and better sopranos, her coloratura is nice and her drama can be powerful). But what did me in was a CD set I bought of her at Julliard. She's a monster. A viciously unkind person. I'm no psychologist, but she's as close to a sadist as I want to come. I do not like Callas in any way for any reason. Period. But if this Studio Recitals IS the Ses Recitals I bought so many of so long ago, then for all Callas junkies out there I highly recommend it. It's a good clean recording (possibly improved for this set), the price is definitely good, and as an opera buff years ago I lent my LPs to to record put it, "This is glorious!"
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