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4.0 out of 5 stars Fake veneer...in more than one sense, 21 Dec 2007
This review is from: Maria Callas The Complete Studio Recordings (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
On the one hand this is a glorious and sumptuous tribute to the greatest diva on the 30th anniversary of her death. And even at the price it's a bargain (although you can get this much cheaper without the de luxe packaging).

so why not five stars? well rest assured it's not the music making. The sound is mostly well remastered (the cetra traviata sounds better here than anywhere else) and it is a real thrill to have EVERY studio recording Callas made, even the elusive Medea.

But on the other hand is the packaging - frankly, a disappointment. It looks very handsome (real wood would have been nicer). The book is elegant, the prints lovely quality. But there's a real lack of info. The book has facsimilies of interesting documents, but with no apparent context; the libretti need to be accessed from a cd rom, which is OK (and environmental) - but the book doesn't even contain a list of the cd's contents. Thus, finding a particular aria on a recital is rather like a needle in a haystack, as until you take out the jewel cases from the box, you don't know what's on a disc. and with 70 discs, it's going to take a while to remember! Removing the correct jewel cases is tricky in itself as the spines make a lovely picture of Callas but unless you flip them around they have no titles on them. And actually extracting the jewel cases from the tenacious luxury box would have foxed Houdini, unless he had thinner fingers than me. The are almost impossible to grasp.

Perhaps this is aimed at those who want to own rather than listen...

The art within transcends these gripes and it is a lovely set. But more info would have made the pleasure of these wonderful cherishable discs so much greater.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obsession rewarded., 28 Dec 2007
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mariafan (UK, Midlands) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Maria Callas The Complete Studio Recordings (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
I don't care if the box is veneer - mine is damned good veneer. The whole thing is perfect. I haven't stopped grinning since Christmas morning. All my heavy pre-Christmas hints about Lucia and Medea have borne fruit. The recordings are exquisite and I shall be inflicting them on my family daily for at least a decade. Yes, they are a bit fiddly to get out of the box, but again, I don't care. This - for me - is perfect. Everything, all together, with groupie collectable stuff too. I can't stop looking at it. For the purist, just listen to the CDs and ignore the fluff. For the obsessive, it can't be recommended highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Callas, 4 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Maria Callas The Complete Studio Recordings (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
Bellissimo cofanetto!!!! Numerato solo x collezionisti un pezzo raro!!!....Per chi ama la Calas da avere assolutamente ,,,, cercatelo e' ok!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very very good, 1 Oct 2012
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Disponible e gentile, molto precisa e accurata in tutto.
Ho incontrato una venditrice, ora ho conosciuto un' amica.
Alla prossima
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