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Tosca Original recording remastered

4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Performer: Leonard Warren, Fernando Corena, Leonardo Monreale, Nestore Catalani, Vincenzo Preziosa, et al.
  • Orchestra: Rome Opera Orchestra
  • Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
  • Composer: Giacomo Puccini
  • Audio CD (August 10, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00000JMHB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Even though Callas/di Stefano/Gobbi remains my number one Tosca, this one is a must-have for the beautiful voices of the lead singers. Some have complained about Milanov being "matronly" or "poor" actress. I disagree. She just creates a different Tosca. Who says they all have to be the same? I surely am glad to have several Toscas to schoose from as the mood strikes. This one is beautiful and well worth the money.
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Best Caravaradossi on record. Oh, what a "VICTORIA"! Milanov floats her usual beautiful pianissmo's at you. Warren is a very cunning and sly Scarpia. Conductor, Leinsdorf right on the money. Great recording! Thanks go to RCA to re-issue this as a "LIVING STEREO" series is a definite plus. The sound is great.
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This recording belongs to Bjoerling's Cavaradossi. He provides a multifaceted performance, heroic, tender and touching. His Cavaradossi neither screams nor blubbers and retains a dignity even in the face of the degradation suffered at the hands of Scarpia's henchmen. Lovely touches are everywhere, anxious to get back to work in the first act he may be, yet his voice smiles when he sings "giura" to calm the jealous Tosca. His "vittoria" is as thrilling as one would want yet he saves his best work for the last act where emotions shift from phrase to phrase. His interaction with the jailer ("Io lascio mondo) is heartbreaking and "e lucevan le stele" is astounding-inexorably building to a desperate "e non ho amato mai tanto la vita."
His voice is in generally fine shape yet there is some tightness in the upper registers and he resorts to little hops to reach the highest notes ("vittoria" is an obvious example). Nevertheless this must be one of the finest Cavaradossi performances ever recorded.

Ironically Bjoerling creates a problem. Can a recording of this opera be completely successful if Cavaradossi's performance outshines Tosca's? Probably not which brings us to Ms. Milanov. Tosca is a woman who can be petulant and jealous in the first act; by turns outraged, frightened, defiant, despairing and capable of murder or at least justifiable homicide in the second; susceptible to false hope and finally suicide in the third. Zinka Milanov's singing is heartfelt but her voice just doesn't summon anywhere near the range of emotions that a successful Tosca must exhibit during the course of this opera. Her vocalism for the most part is secure and at ease but she does encounter problems.
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All ,I have read about Callas and Milanov Tosca's I will write it short.
1.Jussi Bjorling is the best Cavaradosisi in all of the complete sets.His voice ia much more beautiful than Giuseppe di Stefano,whose voice is almost some what strain on the top.Both artists are completely involved in their roles.
2.Leonard Warren as Baron Scarpia is also much better singer than Tito Gobbi ,who does not have a great top.Gobbi on the other hand is a better actor ,but the difference between him and Warren could be visible only on the stage.In recordings both are acting
Very well with their voices.
3.Callas and Milanov: Two great sopranos with outstanding vocal qualities .Callas in Bel canto operas and Lucia di Lammermoor,
Milanov ,unbeatable as Aida.Leonora in Il Trovatore and Giocondq with her most beautiful high B flat you can only imagine.Callas
More popular because of her acting outside of the opera .The orchestras and conductors and the rest of the cast? They Great!
This is my experience after listening to the recordings of Tosca for almost 60 years.
Both recordings are highly recommended to every music lover ,experienced or not ,because they certaintly will satisfy almost every taste.
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The world does not need another hysterical paean to the glories of the Sabata set (whose star I will tactfully refrain from mentioning). I own that set but play it less frequently than this one. Let's face it: this is a good solid Met lineup from the 1950s roster, and Leonard Warren and Erich Leinsdorf are exceptionally positive assets alongside the indubitably stellar Bjoerling and La Milanov. Leinsdorf, particularly, was underestimated as an opera conductor, and I especially treasure his TURANDOT and DIE TOTE STADT: he could generate as much controlled intensity in the pit and onstage as Karajan. Both maestri were born to conduct music drama.

This is not Puccini's greatest music--although it is the first opera I ever saw staged--but it certainly is a singers' showcase, and no snap for the sweating conductor either. I bought this set mainly for Bjoerling, who never disappoints (the voice was pure gold and used intelligently). But the real surprise is the viability of La Milanov's assumption of Floria Tosca. I knew the diva from her outstanding AIDA with Perlea in 1955, which still delivers the pure Verdian style in a manner almost forgotten today. Here Milanov gives a dignified--not matronly or dowdy--musical quality to this not entirely likeable character (Tosca is, after all, a flighty Italian operasinger and foolishly leaps from a castle parapet--what was the woman thinking?). That dignity, I believe, improves the character and makes her less emotionally volatile than Sabata's EMI Tosca who is perpetually on the brink of meltdown.

The acid test, of course, is simple: this is the TOSCA I return to most frequently for the greater musical pleasure. And, remember that this is not a one-person show. Warren, Milanov and Bjoerling equally share the stage, the microphone and the five-star honors.
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