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


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  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 
  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 
  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 
  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 
  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 
  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 
  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 
  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 
  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 
10. 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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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  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 
  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 
  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 
  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 
  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 
  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 
  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 
  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 
  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 
10. 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 
11. 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 
12. 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 
13. 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 
14. 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 
15. 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 
16. 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 
17. 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 
18. 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 
19. 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 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00000630W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,273 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on 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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John Atherton on 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Vicki J. Kondelik on 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 By A. Avgoustis on November 7, 1998
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Dunphy on June 21, 2001
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Plumer on September 5, 2006
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I was only 14 when this recording was released, and i literally grew up with this visceral, exciting, truly unforgettable musical/theatrical experience. I remember that in the original booklet with the vinyl record album, Tito Gobbi was quoted as saying while listening to takes of the recording . . . " I have never ever heard such a dramatic presense on a recording like this before."

He wasn't being immodest, there was a riveting chemistry between all of the artists. In my mind, even after all these years, i can hear every note.

There are many really wonderful recordings of Puccini's dramatic masterpiece, Tosca. This one, though, is unique in that it achieves real theatrical presense.

The ending alone, when Callas (Tosca) finds her lover Mario "really" executed and screams like no soprano i've ever heard, is worth the price of the entire album. But, then, there are so many moments . . . I heartily suggest you consider adding this recording to your Puccini collection . . . put on the discs, turn down the lights, and prepare yourself for a truly thrilling exciting performance. I doubt that we will see the like of Callas and Gobbi again.

Anthony Plumer
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