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5.0 out of 5 stars Callas improved from Original Tapes
EMI's Callas Lisbon 1958 La Traviata is Awful!

The performance is excellent (of course) but the transfer is one of the poorest that gramophone history has ever saw! Back in 1997 EMI has remastered the tapes and awfully re-equalized the performance, reminding us a sonically poor 1958 radio broadcast show.

The Great news are that this EXACTLY same...
Published on 25 Sept. 2011 by Nuno Miranda

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the best recordings and the audience coughing?
Authentic but not Callas at her best with a lot of audience coughing which was distracting. It was live but...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Callas improved from Original Tapes, 25 Sept. 2011
This review is from: La Traviata (Audio CD)
EMI's Callas Lisbon 1958 La Traviata is Awful!

The performance is excellent (of course) but the transfer is one of the poorest that gramophone history has ever saw! Back in 1997 EMI has remastered the tapes and awfully re-equalized the performance, reminding us a sonically poor 1958 radio broadcast show.

The Great news are that this EXACTLY same performance is now back to the catalogue using the original master tapes owned by RDP - Radiodifusão Portuguesa, Portuguese Radio - which originally has broadcasted the show. The differences between "EMI" and "Myto" are ABSOLUTELY HUGE! This release made by Myto using those tapes, makes you wonder if the performance was recorded in mono or stereo! I have both releases, and despite the booklet included in EMI edition, the Myto Edition is far superior.

All in sum: EMI's sounds like a bad recording broadcasted back in 1958. The "Myto" edition sounds like you're listening to the original mono (sometimes seems like stereo!) master tapes made in 1958.

Just Buy it! Specially if you already have the EMI edition!
I bought the EMI edition for the excellent booklet notes and replaced the CDs for the ones released by Myto.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top Traviata - and a revelation!, 22 Aug. 2014
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As others have already said, this is a terrific performance in absolutely superb sound; and it really has the atmosphere of the theatre. Having owned the much poorer EMI LP version of the performance for years I was astounded at the quality - better than many studio recordings of more recent vintage, I would claim.

As was customary in the 50s, the performance is somewhat cut, with the cabalettas for Alfredo and Germont Pere both missing, but that's no great penalty and other Callas recordings of 'Traviata' are similarly pruned.

Callas is not, perhaps, on absolutely top form, with some of her higher notes being strained, but it is such a revelation to hear her actually on stage in such good sound.

Both Kraus and Sereni are excellent (the latter greatly underrated, I think). Ghione conducts with great sensitivty - I like his interpretation.The prompter is also pretty audible sometimes but I still give this 95 marks out of 100 as being a white hot Callas performance of one of her finest roles.

Even if you own other 'Traviatas' you should add this to your collection. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The 'best' Lisbon TRAVIATA, 15 Jun. 2009
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This 1958 TRAVIATA being too well known to require a new review, I will only alert other Amazon customers that it comes from a source different from that of EMI's inferior tapes. This Myto release has the same superior sonic quality as the Pearl issue (perhaps the same source), though far less expensive than the latter. The only reason I've deducted a star is that, annoyingly enough, the prompter's constant groaning is more ubiquitous here than on EMI. If you don't own a Callas Violetta, this is the recording to have, though I still prefer her 1955 La Scala performance on account of Bastianini's Germont and di Stefano's Alfredo. Let's hope a better source of the Milan recording than the EMI (acceptable sound) surfaces soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars extreme good recordign, 10 Oct. 2013
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Ewold Bom (Den Haag, Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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what an incredible difference between EMI version and this one. extremely good remastered sound, although higher notes are a bit sharp. Seller was very quick in sending item from Austria to Netherlands
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful re-working of a recording of a great historical performance, 26 Nov. 2013
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Wonderful re-working of a recording of a great historical performance. Any lover of Maria Callas must have this, plus it is the debut of Alfredo Kraus
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Oct. 2014
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I am a devotee of Callas everything she performs is superb
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound quality seems often times like stereo in DDD, 5 Nov. 2014
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Stupendous sound. All tape hiss has been removed; and I don't hear the prompter as the Gramophone review says. Sound quality seems often times like stereo in DDD. The performance is DEFINITIVE; both Alfredo Kraus (Alfredo) and Callas (Violetta) are unparalled. Both are emotionally stunning in their individual arias and spine tingling in thier duets. This performance makes tears come to your eyes. The conductor Franco Ghione is a very knowledgeable Verdian, and he allows the score to breathe and sing.This is the definitive Traviata. No other performance comes even close. No libretto or booklet notes are included only track cues in a 3 page booklet.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the best recordings and the audience coughing?, 30 Mar. 2013
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Authentic but not Callas at her best with a lot of audience coughing which was distracting. It was live but...
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