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Tosca (De Sabata, Callas, Stefano, Gobbi) Original recording remastered


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  • Orchestra: Milan La Scala Orchestra
  • Conductor: Victor de Sabata
  • Composer: Giacomo Puccini
  • Audio CD (3 Nov 2003)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0000E3HM3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Tosca (2002 - Remaster), Act I: Ah! Finalmente! (Angelotti)Franco Calabrese/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 2:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: E Sempre Lava! (Sagrestano/Cavaradossi)Melchiorre Luise/Giuseppe Di Stefano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 2:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Sante Ampolle! Il Suo Ritratto! (Sagrestano/Cavaradossi)Melchiorre Luise/Giuseppe Di Stefano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 1:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Dammi i Colori!...Recondita armonia (Cavaradossi/Sagrestano)Giuseppe Di Stefano/Angelo Mercuriali/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Gente Là Dentro! (Cavaradossi/Angelotti/Tosca)Giuseppe Di Stefano/Franco Calabrese/Maria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 1:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Mario! Mario! Mario!....Son Qui! (Tosca/Cavaradossi)Maria Callas/Giuseppe Di Stefano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Ora Stammi A Sentir (Tosca/Cavaradossi)Maria Callas/Giuseppe Di Stefano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Or Lasciami Al Lavoro (Tosca/Cavaradossi)Maria Callas/Giuseppe Di Stefano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Ah, Quegli Occhi! Quale Occhio Al Mondo (Tosca/Cavaradossi)Maria Callas/Giuseppe Di Stefano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 1:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Mia Gelosa! (Tosca/Cavaradossi)Maria Callas/Giuseppe Di Stefano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: È Buona La Mia Tosca (Cavaradossi/Angelotti)Giuseppe Di Stefano/Franco Calabrese/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Sommo Giubilo, Eccellenza! (Sagrestano/Chierici, Confratelli, Allievi E Cantori Della Cappella)Melchiorre Luise/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 1:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Un Tal Baccano In Chiesa! (Scarpia/Sagrestano/Spoletta)Tito Gobbi/Melchiorre Luise/Angelo Mercuriali/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Tosca? Che Non Mi Veda (Scarpia/Tosca/Sagrestano)Tito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Melchiorre Luise/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Ed Io Venivo A Lui Tutta Dogliosa (Tosca/Scarpia)Maria Callas/Tito Gobbi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Tre Sbirri, Una Carrozza...(Scarpia/Spoletta/Chierici/ Confratelli/Allievi/Cantori E Capitolo Della Cappella/Folla)Tito Gobbi/Angelo Mercuriali/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Tosca È Un Buon Falco! (Scarpia/Sciarrone)Tito Gobbi/Dario Caselli/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Ha Più Forte Sapore (Scarpia/Sciarrone)Tito Gobbi/Dario Caselli/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 1:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: O Galantuomo, Come Andòla Caccia? (Scarpia/Spoletta)Tito Gobbi/Angelo Mercuriali/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 1:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Meno Male! (Scarpia/Cavaradossi/Spoletta/Tosca)Tito Gobbi/Giuseppe Di Stefano/Angelo Mercuriali/Maria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Ov'È Angelotti? (Scarpia/Cavaradossi/Spoletta/Tosca)Tito Gobbi/Giuseppe Di Stefano/Angelo Mercuriali/Maria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Ed Or Fra Noi Parliam Da Buoni Amici (Scarpia/Tosca)Tito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 1:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Sciarrone, Che Dice Il Cavalier? (Scarpia/Sciarrone/Tosca/La Voce Di Cavaradossi)Tito Gobbi/Dario Caselli/Giuseppe Di Stefano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Orsù, Tosca, Parlate (Scarpia/Tosca/La Voce Di Cavaradossi/Spoletta/Sciarrone)Tito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Giuseppe Di Stefano/Angelo Mercuriali/Dario Caselli/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Tosca (2002 - Remaster), Act II: Floria!...Amore (Cavaradossi/Tosca/Scarpia/Sciarrone)Giuseppe Di Stefano/Maria Callas/Tito Gobbi/Dario Caselli/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Salvatelo!...Lo? Voi! (Tosca/Scarpia)Maria Callas/Tito Gobbi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Se La Giurata Fede Debbo Tradir (Tosca/Scarpia)Maria Callas/Tito Gobbi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 2:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Come Tu M'odii! (Tosca/Scarpia)Maria Callas/Tito Gobbi/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 1:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Vissi D'arte (Tosca)Maria Callas/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Victor de Sabata 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Vedi, Le Man Giunte Io Stendo A Te! (Tosca/Scarpia/Spoletta)Maria Callas/Tito Gobbi/Angelo Mercuriali/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Lo Tenni La Promessa (Scarpia/Tosca)Tito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Tosca, Finalmente Mia! (Scarpia/Tosca)Tito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 1:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Or Gli Perdono! (Tosca)Maria Callas/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Victor de Sabata 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Tosca (2002 Digital Remaster), Act Three: Andante Sostenuto... (Orchestra) Lo De'Sospiri (Pastore)Alvaro Cordova/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Tosca (2002 - Remaster), Act III: Lento (Le campane suonano mattutino) (Orchestra)Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Tosca (2002 - Remaster), Act III: Largo...(Orchestra)....Mario Cavaradossi? A voi...(Carceriere/Cavaradossi)...Meno (Orchestra)Dario Caselli/Giuseppe Di Stefano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Tosca (2002 - Remaster), Act III: E lucevan le stelle (Cavaradossi)Giuseppe Di Stefano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Tosca (2002 - Remaster), Act III: Moderato con moto (Orchestra)..Ah! Franchigia a Floria Tosca (Cavaradossi/Tosca)Giuseppe Di Stefano/Maria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Tosca (2002 - Remaster), Act III: O dolci mani mansuete e pure (Cavaradossi)Giuseppe Di Stefano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 1:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Tosca (2002 - Remaster), Act III: Senti, l'ora è vicina (Tosca)Maria Callas/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Victor de Sabata 1:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Tosca (2002 - Remaster), Act III: Amaro sol per te m'era il morire (Cavaradossi/Tosca)Giuseppe Di Stefano/Maria Callas/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 1:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Tosca (2002 - Remaster), Act III: E non giungono (Tosca/Cavaradossi/Carceriere)Maria Callas/Giuseppe Di Stefano/Dario Caselli/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Tosca (2002 - Remaster), Act III: Com'è lunga l'attesa! (Tosca)Maria Callas/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Victor de Sabata 2:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Tosca (2002 - Remaster), Act III: Presto! Su, Mario! (Tosca/Spoletta/Sciarrone/Soldati)Maria Callas/Angelo Mercuriali/Dario Caselli/Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Victor De Sabata 1:17£0.99  Buy MP3 

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cstman on 6 Jun 2014
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A great recording of fine tragic opera. Callas was perhaps my favourite coloratura soprana ever. Wonderful production & well reproduced.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Kirke on 28 Jan 2010
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Arrived in good time. It's an old recording so the sound quality isn't great but it was exactly what I wanted.
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Amazon.com: 15 reviews
77 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow!!!! 15 Mar 2004
By PennsylvaniaMartha - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my first Callas recording. I was curious about her, of course, but I was always put off by descriptions of more or less horrendous audio problems on the famous recordings. Used to modern recordings, I didn't know how I'd react to such bad sound, so I put off trying.
No more! This is a new (12/03) EMI Remaster of the famous de Sabata "Tosca" -- yes, THE definitive "Tosca" starring Callas, Di Stefano, and Gobbi. And I can tell you it sounds WONDERFUL!
Why is this set so affordable, then? I have no idea! There is no libretto included, only a slim booklet with a track list, a short synopsis of the action for each track, and one article about the opera and this performance. There is no cardboard case, and only a simple 2-part jewelcase, not the hefty one often provided with opera CD sets.
But it's enough!! It's more than enough! I'd buy these disks if they were sold loose in a paper bag. I am totally, permanently won over. This performance is simply electrifying! The music leaps out of the speakers and grabs you. Callas as Tosca had me in tears! Scarpia scared me! It's too good to believe it happened several decades ago.
All I can say is, Buy this now before they realize what a gem this is and raise the price! You won't regret it.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
The Tosca of the century 16 May 2004
By Emma de Soleil - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording has been showered with accolades and praise by critics, operafans, reviewers etc. etc. And listening to it a whole world comes to life. In a time when Puccini's masterpieces are destroyed by arrogant "directors" this golden age recording is like a breath of fresh air. Callas is in her prime, sounding fresh, loving, passionate and fascinating. She became Tosca, all her jealousies, passions, moods, fears are so real, so sublime and natural that you'll forget that you're listening to a recording. She cleared Tosca of those veristic, fish-wife tears after "Egli ved ch'io piango!" and her tears and agony are heard through her voice alone. Listen to Tosca's ardent "A come la sai bene l'arte di farti amare!" ... She sounds so gorgeous, so lucid and passionate, it'll warm your heart. Then there is act II with the never equalled clash between Tosca and the evil Scarpia sung and acted to perfection by Callas (Whose high Cs will chill you!) and Gobbi. (The only Scarpia) Listen to Callas' tearful, beautiful "Vissi d'arte" sung with exquisite legato, velvety warmth and most tearful colours. Pleading "Why, oh lord dost thou repay me thus?" she will break your heart! The chilling murder of Scarpia with Callas/Tosca ROARING "M'ai assai TORTURATO!!!!!" is too thrilling to describe. And the final duet sung with di Stefano and Tosca's suicide are portrayed hauntingly. Di Stefano, her favourite partner and part of the greatest operatic trio of the century (Callas, di Stefano, Gobbi) sounds sunny, charming and passionate. In short: It's the best Tosca ever recorded.
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding De Sabata! Most famous and controversial Tosca! 7 Aug 2004
By Armindo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the few recordings in which the conductor attracted my attention more than the singers. This is not to dismiss the singers but De Sabata's conducting makes this the most idiomatic Tosca recording I've ever heard.

All three protagonists are heard here in their short-lived prime. Callas in firm voice is a capricious, nervous and furious Tosca. Many accuse her of overacting but here she controls herself and most outbreaks sound sincere. You won't hear the grandness, dignity and beauty of Tebaldi's Tosca but Callas' Tosca is a unique creation. No need to argue which one is better, they both are legendary and besides, tastes differ.

Di Stefano is all ardour and tenderness in this most beloved tenor role. I can already hear the manners that eventually ruined his instrument but he nevertheless is a memorable Mario. Gobbi's Scarpia frightens Tosca not because of what he is but because of what he can do. Gobbi doesn't have the huge voice that made Bastianini or London so scary but he uses his to great effect and creates a sinister Baron Scarpia. Luise's Sagristano is most convincing.

One of the greatest virtues of this old Tosca recording is its vitality and chemistry between the performers. No wonder that since its release it's impossible to make and accurate historical evaluation of Puccini's Tosca without taking it into account. Finally released at budget price!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Opera as Drama 14 April 2008
By John Bratincevic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
NOTE: While all my remarks are valid for this CD incarnation, the remastering is generally regarded as poor. Instead, I strongly recommend the original 1997 Callas Edition of this same recording, still in print and easily available here on Amazon. The Callas Edition has better, more natural sound AND it has the libretto/notes described in the official Amazon review above (which incorrectly attributes them to this budget edition).

This was originally posted in my music review blog. Check my profile if you are interested.

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Music critics have long been fond of drolly referring to Tosca as a "shabby little shocker" and then misattributing the comment to George Bernard Shaw. No small wonder, then, that this Tosca has long been hailed as the "greatest" opera recording of the last century, even before such milestones as the Solti Ring and the Giulini Don Giovanni.

But are such superlatives justified? There have been many fine recordings of Tosca in the 50 years since this one, most with better recorded sound and many of them boasting excellent casts. Are they so clearly second-rate?

The truth is, it depends on how you think of opera. If perfect vocalism is your standard, this performance will not be a first choice. As adored singer Floria Tosca, Callas' striking-but-not-beautiful voice is somewhat paradoxical, occasionally sacrificing legato for the sake of some dramatic effect or another. Similarly, Giuseppe Di Stefano's golden, lyric tenor voice sounds hollow and pressed on top, most noticeably in the heroic Vittoria! of Act 2. And Gobbi's voice is typically venomous, lacking any real heft or depth. Those seeking consistently beautiful, secure singing from beginning to end would do well to acquire the excellent sets of Tebaldi or Caballé, the latter featuring a young José Carreras in particularly fine voice.

Dramatically, however, this recording is likely unequalled, which is saying a lot in a story driven by murder, torture, attempted rape, and suicide. Callas plays Tosca as ideally as one could hope for--a hotheaded, passionate woman subject to conflicting fits of suspicion, vanity, vulnerability, white-hot anger, and the most deeply felt compassion. For example, her jealous outburst in Act 1, "Lo Neghi?" ("You deny it?), is just short of shrill and is most convincingly pissy. Conversely, Vissa d'arte is beautiful and perfectly paced--a masterful depiction of suffering, in which the cry to God at the end of the aria is a fearful but reverent plea for mercy. But perhaps most striking is the moment when Tosca stabs and then hisses at the dying Scarpia, "Muori! Muori! Muori!" (Die! Die! Die!), delivered so viciously you can almost see the blood on her hands.

Cavaradossi is always less important in this opera, but Giuseppe Di Stefano makes a good case for him. What Stefano's Cavaradossi lacks in heroism he makes up for in beauty--with Stefano, we never forget that Cavaradossi is a lovesick artist. His two arias come off with great sentimentality and his Act III duet with Tosca, O dolci mani, displays some of the most ardent and beautiful singing ever recorded.

But Callas and Stefano are more than matched in the Baron Scarpia of Tito Gobbi. His trademark snarl is used to great effect, capable of both stentorian authority and warm, honeyed manipulation. This is the definitive Scarpia--a vile, slithering, sadistic animal in an aristocrat's coat, who makes Darth Vader look kind of like a sissy. At the end of Act 1, Gobbi's Te Deum is the most gripping in the catalogue, illustrating both his declamatory style and the thoughtfulness of his interpretation. To extract an example: Scarpia's high note in the last phrase, "Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!" ("Tosca you make me forget God!), usually milked for melodrama, is here underplayed. Why? Because for Scarpia, this isn't a fervent confession of evil; it's just a statement, and it's hardly a turning point for a villain so foul. In truth, Gobbi's Scarpia sounds most fervent when he's torturing Cavaradossi, where his gleeful snarling conveys the Baron's sadism perfectly. But, almost as important, he also dies very well, shouting furiously and choking on his own blood in a pleasingly graphic way.

Victor De Sabata leads the orchestra in a reading of blistering, Italianate intensity. Every line of the score is sharply defined without ever sacrificing weight or visceral impact. Furthermore, everything is paced to create the most excruciating tension possible--when else has the orchestra so perfectly conveyed the desperation of Tosca's confrontation with Scarpia? And when else has the ending of Tosca felt so physically, mercilessly traumatic? In Sabata's hands, the orchestra does a most marvelous thing: it becomes another voice, telling the story as clearly as any one of the characters.

In all, this is a superb achievement that admirably lives up to its reputation. If you've never experienced opera as drama, this is the place to start.

Highly recommended.

Grade: A+
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Why 5... Find Out! 12 Oct 2006
By David Faulkenberry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I first got this recording, it was my first Tosca. As such, I didn't know what to listen to (or what to listen for) and really at the time the only other soprano I had heard was Cecilia Bartoli in La Cenerentola. So bascially it was my first Tosca with my only soprano. Even so, I knew after listening to the second act that this would be the best Tosca I had ever heard. Callas gives an amazingly intuitive dramatic performance of Tosca, with di Stefano matching her wonderfully as Cavaradossi. Tito Gobbi, of course, is Scarpia and gives the role an extremely insightful flair. Spoletta is played by Angelo Mercuriali, who gives, if not the most dramatic, certainly a precise interpretation of the role. As with all of Callas's Tosca recordings, the second act (i.e. from "Tosca e un buon falco!" to "E qual via scegliete?") is perhaps the best interpretation of the music and the donna Tosca that I have heard. Behind the baton is Victor de Sabata, who provides a unique insight into the music. He brings out, as Toscanini says, "what Puccini intended for the audience to hear". 5 stars.
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