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Maria Callas - Verdi: La Traviata - The Legendary Covent Garden Performance (1958)

Maria Callas , Cesare Valletti , Mario Zanasi , Marie Collier , Lea Roberts , Dermot Troy , Forbes Robinson , Ronald Lewis , David Kelly , Verdi , Nicola Rescigno , The Covent Garden Orchestra , The Covent Garden Chorus Audio CD
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  • Performer: The Covent Garden Chorus
  • Orchestra: The Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
  • Composer: Verdi
  • Audio CD (February 22, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: International Classical Artist
  • ASIN: B004FFBMI0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. La Traviata, opera: Preludio
2. La Traviata, opera: Act 1. Dell'invito trascorsa è già l'ora
3. La Traviata, opera: Act 1. Brindisi. Libiamo ne' lieti calici
4. La Traviata, opera: Act 1. Che è ciò?... Oh! qual pallor!
5. La Traviata, opera: Act 1. Un dì felice, eterea
6. La Traviata, opera: Act 1. Ebben? che diavol fate?
7. La Traviata, opera: Act 1. Si ridesta in ciel l'aurora
8. La Traviata, opera: Act 1. È strano!
9. La Traviata, opera: Act 1. Ah, fors'è lui
10. La Traviata, opera: Act 1. Follie!... follie!... delirio vano è questo!
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Disc: 2
1. La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Avrem lieta di maschere la notte
2. La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Noi siamo zingarelle
3. La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Di Madride noi siam mattadori
4. La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Alfredo!... Voi!
5. La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Invitato a qui seguirmi, verrà desso?
6. La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Ogni suo aver tal femmina per amor mio sperdea
7. La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Di sprezzo degno se stesso rende
8. La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Alfredo, Alfredo, di questo core non puoi comprendere tutto l'amore
9. La Traviata, opera: Act 3. Preludio
10. La Traviata, opera: Act 3. Annina? - Comandate?
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Editorial Reviews

Maria Callas (1923-1977) needs
no introduction as she was quite
simply one of the greatest singers
of the 20th century. Any recording
is of major importance and this
Traviata from 1958 given in London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden is no exception. This recording drawn from private tapes has been remastered by Paul Baily using ICA's
Ambient Mastering process which has enhanced and widened the sound considerably.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I was looking forward to hearing this new mastering of the private tape of this live, 1958 performance of "La traviata" at Covent Garden. Unfortunately, it's a disappointment; it seems that ICA Classics have simply shaved off the top frequencies. To take but one example of how this has produced an inferior result, on the other labels, a mild curiosity is still audible. Just after the overture has begun, you can hear Callas warming up quietly in the wings, accompanying the orchestra! Presumably this is something the mike picked up but the audience could not - but the remastering here by ICA has obliterated that charming little vignette - goodness knows how. The Myto issue has more hiss and rumble but you can hear the details and upper frequencies of the performance; this ICA sounds opaque, muddied and veiled - you are listening through a blanket of filtering. Nor is there more ambience, despite their claims to have engineered an improved sense of space; it's still reasonably clean, spacious mono without much distortion. Worried by my findings, I sought corroboration of my impression from independent ears before writing this review and they confirmed what I had heard: this is not a success.

This is a great pity, as there is little doubt in my mind that this performance preserves what I believe it to be by far the best souvenir we have of Callas as Violetta and for once she is properly supported by a distinguished cast. I have enthusiastically reviewed elsewhere this performance as issued on the Myto and IDIS labels; meanwhile, I'd stick with the former as the cheapest and best-sounding option, or you can go with the more expensive IDIS - but both are preferable to this one.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Improved sound to my ear March 2, 2011
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I happen to now own both the Myto and the ica versions of this recording and after listening to selections from both back-to-back, I much prefer the ica recording. I do believe the sound is improved, and I don't find it "muffled" or "murky" as the other reviewer commented. Perhaps it's all in your personal taste, but it will be the ica recording I will be pulling down from my shelf vs the Myto recording.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Divina! February 27, 2011
Format:Audio CD
There is NOTHING like the voice of the divine Maria. This is recording shows her voice in it's prime. WOW! Sempre Libera is nothing short of genius. She said once that for her an opera begins way before the opening night and ends long after the closing curtain--- it is this kind of harbored emotion that you hear in every single note that she sings. Simply said, her voice will never be matched.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Recording July 1, 2011
By L. Rice
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I previously owned the Melodram recording of this opera and find the ICA version to be much better in sound. To me this was the finest performance of Violetta given by Callas that has been recorded. As John Ardoin in his book The Callas Legacy states: "While this performance uncovers some pronounced vocal problems, Callas' use of her voice to expressive ends amounts to an amalgamation of the best in previous Traviatas. For even though her voice betrays her at times, her intellect and spirit have now conquered the part in a manner that outdistances all others." Have to agree with L. Petrella's review in that I too did not find it "muffled" or "murky" as the other reviewer commented.
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