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Brilliant Opera Collection - Puccini: Tosca / Callas, de Sabata, di Stefano, Gobbi, et al

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This classic 1953 EMI recording has never been bettered, and a stellar cast conducted by Victor de Sabata has resulted in one of the greatest performances in the history of recorded music. "Few opera recordings have been as widely lauded as this Tosca. Listening to it yet again I was especially impressed by the grip of de Sabata's conducting. Dramatic energy crackles even in the quietest passages... when Cavaradossi is led in to the torture chamber in Act 2... conveys palpable dread. Di Stefano is at his lyrical best in Act 3 making "E lucevan le stelle" a truly anguished farewell to life. Gobbi is marvellous throughout. And Callas? She is a mass of contradictions: haughty and vulnerable, uncompromising and uncertain, yet always passionate - in short, the diva's diva." Gramophone, 2002

Penguin Guide
There has never been a finer recorded performance of Tosca...Gobbi makes the unbelievably villainous police chief into a genuine three-dimensional character, and Di Stefano...was at his finest...The conducting of De Sabata is spaciously lyrical as well as sharply dramatic



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Works Details

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
  • Performers: Franco Calabrese (Bass); Maria Callas (Soprano); Dario Caselli (Bass); Dario Caselli (Bass); Alvaro Cordova (Boy Soprano); Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor); Tito Gobbi (Baritone); Melchiorre Luise (Bass); Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Victor De Sabata
  • Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
  • Running Time: 109 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio