Maria Callas - La Divina Import
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For those who do not like Callas --- fine, but don't bash a great artist whose particular strengths do not reach your ears. They certainly reach mine, and many others. During Callas' liftime, the multitudes listened. They are still listening!
Whatever the trigger, Callas' popularity is on the rise. This disc gathers her good eggs into one basket. This is a "best of" among the arias she sang in the 1950s and 60s. My favorites include her version of Bizet's warning about ungovernable love "Habanera," Saint-Saens' meltingly lyrical "Mon Coeur S'ouvre a ta Voix," and Puccini's mournful "O Mio Babbino Caro."
Her voice isn't perfect, whatever that means. It sounds thin and syrupy at times by the standards of world class opera. But it's the best we have. She is the best ever. If you want to be wowed, her high note on Rossini's "Una Voce Poco Fa" will endanger your crystal--and that's after she effortlessly navigates its string of complex arpeggios. If you want to be charmed, listen to the words Callas as Delilah sings to Samson: "Come back to my caresses!" Though she is known more for her interpretations of Puccini and Verdi, Callas' work in the French opera "Samson and Delilah" is among her very best. The viscosity of her voice becomes an asset as it suits the honeyed words of Delilah's eye-batting seductions perfectly.
This aria is sublime, exquisite.Read more ›
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Wonderful sampler of Callas' more memorable performances. Along with the other two volumes, they make a truly divine collection to be listened very often.Published 8 months ago by Billino
What a revelation! I, and I'm sure others, have avoided Callas recordings due to the fact there seems to be no quality audio of her singing in her prime. Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by Patrick
Excellent. Love it! Maria Callas was had a beautiful voice and a fiery temperament which adds to the drama of opera. Read morePublished on May 5, 2014 by Patricia Hamer
I now understand why Callas has her reputation. This CD knocks your socks off. Her voice is like no other soprano's I've ever heard.Published on February 25, 2014 by hgfact
Many great singers, but Callas was one of a kind. What a voice. When she was good, she was great. This disk is a nice review.Published on June 20, 2013 by Fred B