Maria Callas – Remastered The Complete Studio Recordings 1949-1969 (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Maria Callas – Remastered The Complete Studio Recordings 1949-1969 (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 65:49:52 minutes | 56.8 GB | Genre: Classical , Opera
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Source: Q0buz | Artwork: Digital booklet | @ Columbia Records

Featuring 26 complete operas and 13 recitals, this must be the gramophone event of the year. Callas’s voice recorded perfectly well; it was its transfer to and from disc which caused the problems. Thanks to new state-of-the-art software and painstaking editing of the original tapes, we are now as close as we shall ever be to hearing this unique artist as she actually sounded live in the studio. –Gramophone

“The complete recordings of Maria Callas, one of the greatest vocal artists of the 20th century, have been collected and issued once again, this time in impressively remastered versions” –Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 2014

The EMI masters of Maria Callas were re-mastered for the purposes of CD and released as a physical product in 2014. We are happy to offer it now as a full digital product in supreme audio quality. More than 25 years’ worth of music has been collected here, and filter applications have been applied to cover up sound defects (and other distortions). The recordings were passed into the expert hands of sound engineers Allan Ramsey and Simon Gibson, both of Abbey Road, who have made the recordings, under the directions of the Warner Classics label, as close to the sound of the originals as possible.  The gain in terms of sound is undeniable, whether by removing harsh noise or treating distorted sounds, and the natural harmonics have not been altered. What’s more, this decision to remaster everything has resulted in the recovering of the entirety of Callas’s oeuvre – meaning that we need no longer fear the disastrous loss of copies… But who said greater definition and cleanliness of sound permitted a better perception of detail! If we discern the disc’s nuances more clearly, the dynamic adjustments, soundscapes, etc., then we discern a greater fidelity in terms of timbre. Certain defects are, importantly, still left in play. Above all, Callas’s voice sounds more dramatic, brighter, more present, and more beautiful in its phrasing; especially pleasing is that it has been revealed for the first time in all of its acidity, in all of its cracks. With the sound completely rejuvenated, recordings such as La Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Il Trovatore, the Barber of Seville, and others, are as irreplaceable as ever.

Complete Operas:

Bellini – I Puritani (1953)
Bellini – La Sonnambula (1957)
Bellini – Norma (1954)
Bellini – Norma (1960)

Bizet – Carmen (1964)

Cherubini – Medea (1957)

Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor (1953)
Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor (1959)

Leoncavallo – I Pagliacci (1954)

Mascagani – Cavalleria Rusticana (1953)

Ponchielli – La Gioconda (1952)
Ponchielli – La Gioconda (1959)

Puccini – La bohème (1956)
Puccini – Madama Butterfly (1955)
Puccini – Manon Lescaut (1957)
Puccini – Tosca (1953)
Puccini – Tosca (1964)
Puccini – Turandot (1957)

Rossini – Il barbiere di Siviglia (1957)
Rossini – Il turco in Italia (1954)

Verdi – Aida (1955)
Verdi – Il trovatore (1956)
Verdi – La forza del destino (1954)
Verdi – La traviata (1953)
Verdi – Rigoletto (1955)
Verdi – Un ballo in maschera (1956)

Callas à Paris- More Arias from French Opera (1963)
Callas at La Scala- Medea, La vestale, La sonnambula (1955)
Callas portrays Verdi Heroines (1958)
Callas sings Arias from Tristano e Isotta, Norma & I puritani (1949)
Callas sings Arias from Verdi Operas (1964-1969)
Callas sings Great Arias from French Operas (1961)
Callas sings Mozart, Beethoven & Weber Arias (1964)
Callas sings Operatic Arias (1954)
Callas sings Operatic Arias by Puccini (1954)
Callas sings Rossini & Donizetti Arias (1965)
Callas sings Verdi Arias (1964)
Mad Scenes from Anna Bolena, Hamlet & Il pirata (1958)
The Callas Rarities (1953-1969)


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