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The Very Best of: Maria Callas
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon 16 November 2014
Maria Callas was a matchless soprano. No longer with us, she has left a legacy of her recordings that reinforce the opinions of those who believe she was the greatest opera singer and performer, not only of her own generation, but those that have followed. Self-critical of her own vocal abilities and subject to comparisons with other great sopranos, Callas has a purity and clarity in her delivery and vocal mastery that are distinctly hers and hers alone. Montserrat may be more vocally rounded and robust but for my money, Callas has the edge, although please listen to both artists. On this 2 CD recording, Maria Callas sings beautifully and perfectly with the passion and emotion expected from the composers Puccini, Bellini, Donzetti, Bizet and Camille.

Starting with 'Vissi D'Arte' by Tosca, 'Un Bel Di Vedremo' from Puccini's 'Madame Butterfly' to 'La Mamma Morta', and beyond, Maria Callas is a pure delight with her passion, vocal control and translation of operatic movements that evoke an emotional response. This is a compilation that is so attractive and enticing, these operatic arias should have a wide appeal. This is enduring world-class operatic singing that evokes the scenery of the dramatic events of their stage settings; enchanting, enthralling and stunning both in it beauty and intensity. Highly recommended. EMI sound is excellent as is the orchestration.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2014
I am not a good reviewer of opera and classical albums, at least in the terms that will do the artist justice. But then again if you are buying this album you know what you are getting right? The album is well recorded and if you have a revealing system you wont be disappointed.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Would recommend every one who loves Maria Callas to have this as a basic 'must have'. Good quality and no 'yelling whatsoever'.
Please enjoy these 2 cd's - I have given this item as a present to my friends and they too were delighted.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2012
This was bought as a present for a friend.She has always admired Callas and found this re=mastered version very enjoyable and a great addition to her collection
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2014
You either adore her, as I do, or you think she sounds like a cat on the roof. Many of the items on these disc I have on various discs so it is nice to have them on this set. I shall sit back in my armchair and enjoy many a pleasureable evening. If you are a fellow admirer sit back and enjoy.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2011
This was excellent, received in very good condition and is everything that we had hoped it would be. Well done.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2014
Although a non-opera buff I was astonished at how many times this was played during/after Xmas. Perhaps the reason for this is the quality of her voice and the way she expressed the sentiments of each piece.

Maria is clearly a great loss to the opera world although she died a little while ago.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2013
Most enjoyable CD with good quality sound recordings considering the time they
Were recorded,where Maria Callas sounds at her best
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on 9 June 2015
What atalent and a genius one of the best
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2013
I cant say I love opera but Maria Callas was someone very special and this album is unbelievable. Recommend to anyone
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