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5.0 out of 5 stars MAGNIFICENT.... BUT I WANT SOME MORE., 9 April 2008
This review is from: Original Jacket Collection [15cd] (Audio CD)
This is a great set, and a nice anniversary issue to coincide with the 75th birthday of the great Spanish soprano, a truly grand diva and unique voice, maybe the last example of a breed of singers directly connected with the Grand Tradition and a vocal art -of purity of tone, breath control, combination of power and agility, musicianship and refined artistry, not to mention breathtaking pianissimi- that seems to be quite forgotten by today's big media opera stars. Sony has issued in their original jackets, like beautiful mini LPs, most of her RCA recordings and some of her Spanish Columbia recordings released between 1965, year of her first LP for the American company (Presenting Montserrat Caballé), and 1972. Including Montserrat Caballé Sings Zarzuela, Songs of Enrique Granados, Strauss Lieder Recital, Verdi rarities, Rossini rarities, Zarzuela Love Duets (with husband Bernabé Martí), Donizetti rarities, Great Operatic Heroines, Caballé & Verret Duets, and two complete operas, Norma and Salome. Missing are, among others, the complete recordings of Lucrezia Borgia and Traviata. Anyway, a wonderful box-set at a bargain price and, though I had already all these recordings in previous CD incarnations, I secured my copy as soon as I knew of it. And so should you, before it is too late, being a limited edition. Now, if Sony gave the same treatment to the 8 LPs recorded for the Spanish Vergara and Columbia labels not included here (starting with a superb 1963 Toldrá recital, her very first LP), I would be eternally grateful. Almost all of them were released in compilations by RCA France to celebrate Caballé's 70th birthday. Sony owns now the rights and it would be a wonderful sequel to this set.

And now that I'm at it, what about her Verdi Requiem with Plácido Domingo, conducted by Metha? Or her live Gemma di Vergy at Carnegie Hall? Both albums were released by Columbia in the Masterworks series on LP and haven't appeared on CD yet. That's a real crime. What is Sony waiting for?
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Initial post: 12 Jun 2009 22:16:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jun 2009 22:18:39 BDT
Pianissimo says:
I wholeheartedly agree with the previous review. I also had some of these recordings when they were released on CD, yet when I saw this set I made an immediate purchase. In fact, I also bought the set for an opera loving friend of mine who seemed more interested in making jokes about Caballe's size than showing genuine appreciation. It seems Mme Caballe's artistry is lost on him. The real highlight of the set (and there are so many) is Norma. For breathtaking beauty I don't think other Norma's on disc come close. She falls short of her live performace at Orange on a separate DVD but not by much. Like many artists she was greater in live performance than in the studio. May I echo the request for the reissue of Mehta's Reqiem? I read that Sony have no interest on transfering this to CD. Whatever their reasons I think this would be a big seller and wish they would reconsider their decision.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2009 12:47:12 GMT
Amen : )

Posted on 22 Aug 2011 18:31:00 BDT
You can get the Mehta Requiem via amazon.co.uk!
Best wishes
Markus

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2011 00:58:56 BDT
Hey Markus, thank you so much for letting me know. I've already place my order! Best, Tolo : )

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2011 14:46:02 BDT
Enjoy it, my order has come today! I hope you know the Requiem with Barbirolli too. Caballe is there in fantastic voice in 1970.
Best wishes
Markus Werner

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2011 22:34:44 BDT
Well, my order came today as well! And having listened to it just right now I think I prefer Caballé here, though she is of course quite perfect with Barbirolli. Thanks again, Tolo.
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