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Comment: ****PLEASE READ CAREFULLY****NOT a former library item, NOR a "promo" or cut-out! CD (made in Italy) has only been played a couple times and is in very good condition! Booklet & rear insert are "like new." Brand-new CD jewel-case. [Tracks 1-14 are highlights from Callas's 1953 studio recording of "Tosca," & have decent 1950's mono sound. Tracks 15 (1950 performance) & 16 (1952 performance) are Callas singing "Vissi d'arte" "live" in Mexico City. The sound quality for tracks 15 & 16 is quite poor. This CD is therefore mostly recommended to Callas fanatics.] ****PLEASE NOTE****Because of the value of this item, I will send it via the USPS, with a requirement for Signature Confirmation (at no additional expense to the buyer, of course). ****PLEASE ALSO NOTE****I deliver only to USA addresses; I will not ship this item to any international forwarding address, because I cannot therefore obtain the buyer's signature upon delivery.
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Maria Callas & Swarovski Jewels on Stage Import


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Audio CD, Import, May 9, 2006
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  • Audio CD (May 9, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Fono
  • ASIN: B000F9RLSK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,681,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tosca, opera: Gente là Dentro
2. Tosca, opera: Mario! Mario!
3. Tosca, opera: Ah, Quegli Occhi
4. Tosca, opera: Nel Pozzo de Giardino
5. Tosca, opera: Vissi D'Arte
6. Tosca, opera: Vedi, Le Man Giunte
7. Tosca, opera: Ah, Franchigia
8. Tosca, opera: O Dolci Mani
9. Tosca, opera: E Non Giungono
10. Tosca, opera: Presto, su, Mario!
11. Tosca, opera: The Very-First Document. Vissi d'Arte

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The album features highlights from Tosca, one of the most famous roles of Maria Callas, as recorded 1950-1953 in various venues, including her very first documents of the part. The 1950 and 1952 recordings are live from Mexico City, then extensive highlights from the classic 1953 studio recording, still considered one of the greatest opera recordings ever made, co-starring Giuseppe di Stefano and Tito Gobbi, with Victor de Sabata conducting. Remastered with the Cedar Sound System. The special feature of this release is the extensive booklet showing color photos of the traveling exhibition Maria Callas & Swarovski on Stage, a must for all Callas collectors. On August 2, 1947 (the date of her successful debut in Italy in La Gioconda at the Arena di Verona), Maria Callas wore for the first time a piece of jewelry made in the Atelier Marangoni using Swarovski crystals. This exhibition consists of a unique collection of ornate jewelry from the period 1947 to 196! 0. Every piece has a close, personal connection with Maria Callas. Callas relied almost exclusively on the craftsmanship of the Atelier Marangoni for her stage jewelry. On the basis of sketches by major directors such as Franco Zeffirelli and Luchino Visconti or famous costume designers such as Lila de Nobili, Marangoni created extraordinary works of art, which, despite having a sparkling life of their own, did not detract from the performances of the great opera singer. Marangoni used only Swarovski crystal gemstones in his jewelry on specific demand of the "Divina". Swarovski acquired the Atelier Marangoni in 1999, and thus prevented the collection of Maria Callas’s stage jewelry from being dispersed all around the world.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dag Kyndel on August 3, 2008
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Even if there always is nice to hear Tosca with Callas, I was a little disappointed when this CD arrived. First the title: "My first Tosca". Her first Tosca was not 1950 in Mexico City, but 1942 in Athens during the war. Inside, in the very little textbook the editor explains that this is Callas's first Tosca on an ordinary stage, the 1942 performances was given at an outdoor arena. VERY far-fetched I must say. The other disappointment is the spare textbook in the box, with very few, very small pictures of the jewelry mentioned. Only the most fanatic Callasians must buy this CD. I am one of them.
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