but found the sound of her famous Tosca just too limiting. Butterfly is another story. And I'm not a Callas fanboy. Don't really know the girl.
Picked up the UK Columbia box set and had a listen. Was a little worried after her first distant entrance, voice "adjusted" to sound like a 15 year old girl, (would Ashcroft have Pinkerton arrested as well as all of us listeners?), which Freni does so gloriously for Karajan II (ZZZZZzzzzz) and Sinopoli. Afterwards Callas ain't so bad.
What I found really amazing was Karajan the Young. What fabulous conducting: the transparency, the lushness, and climaxes whipped up to such a (controlled) frenzy that one would think Furtwangler was at the helm.
I've never listened the a Butterfly which went by so quickly.
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Topic - My first Callas: Madama Butterfly, (well, actually my second) - firstname.lastname@example.org 21:04:58 07/20/12 (14)
- Question and a point - TGR 08:35:06 07/23/12 (2)
- RE: Question and a point - email@example.com 20:41:11 07/23/12 (1)
- Tosca sound - TGR 08:40:00 07/24/12 (0)
- First should be the Tosca with deSabata. (NT) - Kal Rubinson 13:48:29 07/22/12 (4)
- Yes, I must listen to it again. Imprinted on Sinopoli's with Freni, hard to break - firstname.lastname@example.org 15:08:28 07/22/12 (3)
- Not for me. - Kal Rubinson 17:46:21 07/22/12 (2)
- BTW Kal, off topic but do you still do vinyl? Heard of Japanese "Audio Clinic?" - email@example.com 22:22:14 07/23/12 (1)
- No. Yes. - Kal Rubinson 13:13:08 07/24/12 (0)
- If singing is all about purity of sound, perfect pitch, unerring control, then no, Callas is not a "great" - tinear 08:24:52 07/21/12 (0)
- RE: My first Callas: Madama Butterfly, (well, actually my second) - pbarach 03:28:05 07/21/12 (4)