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Puccini: Tosca (complete opera) with Maria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi, Tito Gobbi, Georges Pretre

G. Puccini Audio CD
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listen  1. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Ah! Finalmente!Leonardo Monreale/Giorgio Tadeo/Carlo Bergonzi/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 5:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Dammi i colori...Recondita armoniaCarlo Bergonzi/Giorgio Tadeo/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Gente là dentro!Carlo Bergonzi/Leonardo Monreale/Maria Callas/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Mario! Mario! Mario!Maria Callas/Carlo Bergonzi/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 7:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Ah, quegli occhi...Quale occhio al mondo può star di paroMaria Callas/Carlo Bergonzi/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 5:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act I: E buona la mia ToscaCarlo Bergonzi/Leonardo Monreale/Giorgio Tadeo/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Un tal baccano in chiesa!Tito Gobbi/Giorgio Tadeo/Renato Ercolani/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Tutto è chiaro...Tosca? Che non mi veda...Mario! Mario!Tito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Giorgio Tadeo/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Ed io venivo a lui tutta dogliosaMaria Callas/Tito Gobbi/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Tosca (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Tre sbirri, una carrozzaTito Gobbi/Renato Ercolani/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Tosca è un buon falco!Tito Gobbi/Ugo Trama/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Ha più forteTito Gobbi/Ugo Trama/Renato Ercolani/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Meno male!Tito Gobbi/Renato Ercolani/Carlo Bergonzi/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Dov'è dunque Angelotti?Tito Gobbi/Carlo Bergonzi/Renato Ercolani/Maria Callas/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Ed or fra noi parliam da buoni amici...Sciarrone, che dice il Cavalier?Tito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Ugo Trama/Carlo Bergonzi/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Orsù, Tosca, parlateTito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Carlo Bergonzi/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Nel pozzo...Del giardinoTito Gobbi/Carlo Bergonzi/Maria Callas/Giorgio Tadeo/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Se la guirata fede debbo tradirTito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Tosca (1997 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Vissi d'arteMaria Callas/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Vedi, ecco, vedi, le man giunte io stendo a te!Maria Callas/Tito Gobbi/Renato Ercolani/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act II: E qual via scegliete?Tito Gobbi/Maria Callas/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Io de'sospiriDavid Sellar/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 5:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Mario Cavaradossi? A voiLeonardo Monreale/Carlo Bergonzi/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Tosca (1997 Digital Remaster), Act Three: E Lucevan Le StelleCarlo Bergonzi/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Ah! Franchigia e Floria ToscaCarlo Bergonzi/Maria Callas/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act III: O dolci mani mansuete e pureCarlo Bergonzi/Maria Callas/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act III: E non giungonoMaria Callas/Carlo Bergonzi/Leonardo Monreale/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Com'è lunga l'attesa!Maria Callas/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Tosca (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Presto! su, Mario! Andiamo! Andiamo! Su!Maria Callas/Ugo Trama/Renato Ercolani/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00000630W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN UNDERRATED GEM July 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
It's common to talk about the 1953 de Sabata recording at the expense of this one. I would not do without either. This one has several advantages: 1) Though Callas's voice has deteriorated, she is in her skinny Callas voice here, not the fat Callas voice (where she sounds like she's singing into a bottle.) I like both, but if you prefer thin Callas, this is the Tosca for you; 2) This is a more histrionic TOSCA -- that doesn't make it better or worse, but it's definitely different enough to set it apart; 3) Her Vissi D'arte is her best, ever, and she recorded it many times; 4) The stereo sound is gorgeous; 5) I prefer De Stefano, but Bergonzi brings something special to this, too; 6) Gobbi, in the spirit of this production, pulls out the dramatic stops. This is the melodramatic TOSCA, and the '53 is the dramatic TOSCA. Two versions, both great.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Underrated Recording Ever August 26, 2004
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This 1965 Tosca has been reviled by virtually every critic, including the most fervent admirers of Maria Callas. They'll steer you to the classic 1953 recording. I have both, but find myself more often turning to this one.
Callas in 1953 had a healthier and more secure voice, but if she was shrill a dozen years later, her middle register and soft notes were, to my ears, lovelier and more touching.
De Sabata's feverish conducting on the mono set is a memento of a genius who made too few recordings, but Pretre gives more breadth to this opera's stately Roman lines.
By the same token, Bergonzi -- that prince among tenors -- is more elegant than Di Stefano, whose robust voice matches De Sabata's conception and Maria's earlier vocal (and physical) heft.
The critics say Gobbi was sub-par in '65, but for me he is still... Gobbi.
In sum, buy both if you can -- and if you like early Callas and Di Stefano, note that they were even more thrilling in Mexico City in 1952 -- but don't be surprised if you find yourself loving this neglected gem.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Callas is amazing! November 17, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Callas' 1953 Tosca will always be my favorite, but this one is almost as good. I know that a lot of people say it's not nearly as good as the 1953 recording, but I disagree. Callas' voice was certainly in better condition in 1953, but I think her interpretation had strengthened and deepened since then. She gives an emotional, intense performance here. And she sings the greatest "Vissi d'arte" ever! I love the one on the 1953 recording, but this one is even more emotional and moving.
Gobbi is probably the greatest Scarpia ever, and I think his interpretation has also strengthened since 1953. Bergonzi gives a wonderful performance as Mario. I love di Stefano in the 1953 recording, but Bergonzi is also great. This recording is definitely one of my favorites.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are to own a copy of Tosca ...this is the one. November 7, 1998
Format:Audio CD
This was one of my first purchases of a recording with Maria Callas and 15 years later this is still my number one recording.
The voice of Callas conveys the feelings of the woman in love, a woman jealous, the woman in pain. Callas does that in a way that no other voice or any other of her recordings (or for that matter any other Tosca recording) has ever been able to convey.
Tito Gobbi as Scarpia has remained unsurpassed and in this recording he has managed to capture the role as no other baritone has done before or ever since.
Carlo Bergonzi, equally good works together with Callas and Gobbi to create an atmosphere that you can ?feel? through this recording. Just close your eyes and you will be there.
I could not recommend a recording more highly. Listen to it and you will not forget it. Every second of it is an experience. Even to the last minute when the last act Callas when she sings ?Presto, su Mario!? will make you feel the hair at the back of your neck rise as she discovers Mario dead.
Simply an experience not to be missed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best but... June 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack is all that remains of a failed Zefirelli project to film Callas in "Tosca". This accounts for the drama and immediacy of this recording. Yes, the voices were younger and more secure in the earlier De Sabata recording but the advantages in the stereo set balance nicely with that one. Maria Callas voice by this point was so forward that she has difficulty with the top notes but also manages to put forth the drama with an intensity that she never could before. The stereo sound also compensates for her intrusive wobble. What a shame that her career did not coincide more with the stereo age! She still is the Tosca of all times. Carlo Bergonzi's voice is pure gold even though he does not give a particularly vividly dramatic portrait of Cavaradossi. Tito Gobbi still has all the nuances of Scarpia's character even if his voice has more of a bark in it than his previous recording. He and Callas also had the advantage of working with Zefirelli in his London/Paris production at this time and were able to sharpen their characterizations. Pretre allows Puccini's melodies space to breathe and doesn't propel them the way De Sabata does. Vocally, there are better recordings of this opera but, from a dramatic standpoint, this bears away the laurels.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last one... July 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This recording was the last complete recording Callas ever recorded in the studio. Originally this should serve for a film of Tosca as directed by Herbert von Karajan. When this project was abandoned the "soundtrack" remained, offering us the deepest portrayal of Tosca on disc. Of course Callas' voice isn't as rich as on the miraculous recording from 1953 but compared to 1960-63 her voice has grown steadier and more balanced, more beautiful in the middle and the mezzo-range. Her "Vissi d'arte" alone is worth the entire price. And having Gobbi&Bergonzi as partners makes this Tosca absolutely essential for everyone who wants to know what TOSCA is about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Puccini: Tosca (complete opera) with Maria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi,...
Puccini: Tosca (complete opera) with Maria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi, Tito Gobbi, Georges Pretre is a 1965 recording starring Maria Callas in the role as Floria Tosca under direction... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Bjorn Viberg
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Tosca recording
I'm glad to see that so many people appreciate this great recording, which was considered disappointing when it was first released, in comparison with Callas' earlier version. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mountaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Like so many here, I really enjoy this recording. I suppose that one may say that Callas's voice has deteriorated since the earlier version was done in 1953 in the sense that the... Read more
Published on November 15, 2008 by B. J. Miceli
5.0 out of 5 stars Callas is hair-raising, Bergonzi is stylish, Pretre is coarse
I'm glad that this much reviled 1964 Tosca has found defenders here at amazon. Forty years after the fact, the tut-tutting over the decline in Callas's voice doesn't seem to matter... Read more
Published on October 2, 2006 by Santa Fe Listener
5.0 out of 5 stars TRULY UNFORGETTABLE
I was only 14 when this recording was released, and i literally grew up with this visceral, exciting, truly unforgettable musical/theatrical experience. Read more
Published on September 5, 2006 by Anthony Plumer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, yes, but...
I entirely agree that Callas's performance is mesmerizing, even though she was way past her vocal prime when she made this recording. Read more
Published on August 11, 2006 by Marenzio
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative! Unmatched!
Tosca is both the last opera Maria Callas performed on stage and the last one she recorded in its entirety. Read more
Published on June 3, 2006 by Eric N. Gellert
5.0 out of 5 stars Callas's Tosca Revisited
A fact of life with this recording is that Callas' voice was past its vocal prime, in fact, a few short years after the recording was made, she never appeared in opera again. Read more
Published on September 6, 2005 by Marc Musnick
5.0 out of 5 stars Perche signore, me ne rimuneri cosi?
Just an anecdote. There was a coincidence of my acquisition of this record and a personal love disappointment. Read more
Published on June 12, 2003 by Jose Treto Rosal,M.D.
3.0 out of 5 stars Vocally Proplematic
Maria Callas always had trouble keeping her high notes under control. By the time of this recording, they were REALLY all over the map. Read more
Published on April 13, 2003
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