- 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)
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Puccini: Tosca (complete opera) with Maria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi, Tito Gobbi, Georges Pretre
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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Like most operaphiles, I had for so long been so hugely satisfied with the famous 1953 de Sabata recording that I had not bothered to sample the 1964 studio recording on the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ralph Moore
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 on November 2, 2012 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 on August 26, 2012 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
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. Read morePublished on July 12, 2004 by Emma de Soleil