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Does not quite achieve greatness
on 5 May 2014
Cotrubas is easily categorised: Callas without the genius. The voice is far too closely miked so that every breath is clearly audible. Domingo is a good musician, but his portrait lacks variety and vocal 'heft'. Kleiber favours quick tempi and keeps the whole thing moving. If you want a good quality recording, you won't go far wrong with this one. If you don't mind a poor quality recording because of the genius of the Prima Donna, go for the 1955 live performance with Callas as the fated artisan with Giulini conducting the La Scala forces: it will come as a revelation.