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Look for the Great Recordings of the Century edition, the deluxe set which is still available.
And Callas' mature Tosca, Gobbi's perfectly nasty Scarpia, and Bergonzi's sweet-toned Cavaradossi continue to give me great pleasure.
The voice is rich, the drama immediate, the diction crystalline, the declamation totally natural.
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 morePublished 20 months ago by Bjorn Viberg
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 morePublished 23 months ago by Mountaine
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 morePublished on November 15, 2008 by B. J. Miceli
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 morePublished on October 2, 2006 by Santa Fe Listener
I entirely agree that Callas's performance is mesmerizing, even though she was way past her vocal prime when she made this recording. Read morePublished on August 11, 2006 by Marenzio
Tosca is both the last opera Maria Callas performed on stage and the last one she recorded in its entirety. Read morePublished on June 3, 2006 by Eric N. Gellert
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 morePublished on September 6, 2005 by Marc Musnick
Just an anecdote. There was a coincidence of my acquisition of this record and a personal love disappointment. Read morePublished on June 12, 2003 by Jose Treto Rosal,M.D.
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 morePublished on April 13, 2003