Puccini: Tosca

Naxos: 8110256-57

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Puccini: Tosca

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8110256-57
(8.110256-57)

Discs:

2

Release date:

5th Jan 2004

Barcode:

0636943125625

Length:

1 hour 48 minutes

Medium:

CD

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Puccini: Tosca


Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Tito Gobbi, Franco Calabrese, Angelo Mercuriali, Melchiorre Luise

Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala Milan, Victor de Sabata

Recorded August 1953

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Giacomo Puccini: Tosca

Act I: Ah! Finalmente! (Angelotti)

Act I: E sempre lava! (Sacristan, Cavaradossi)

Act I: Sante ampolle! Il suo ritratto! (Sacristan, Cavaradossi)

Act I: Dammi i colori ... Recondita armonia (Sacristan, Cavaradossi)

Act I: Gente la dentro! (Cavaradossi, Angelotti, Tosca)

Act I: Mario! Mario! ... Son qui! (Tosca, Cavaradossi)

Act I: Ora stammi a sentir (Tosca, Cavaradossi)

Act I: Or lasciami al lavoro (Tosca, Cavaradossi)

Act I: Ah, quegli occhi ... Quale occhio al mondo (Tosca, Cavaradossi)

Act I: Mia gelosa! (Tosca, Cavaradossi)

Act I: E' buona la mia Tosca (Cavaradossi, Angelotti)

Act I: Sommo giubilo, Eccellenza! (Sacristan, Chorus)

Act I: Un tal baccano in chiesa! (Scarpia, Sacristan, Spoletta)

Act I: Tosca? Che non mi veda (Scarpia, Tosca, Sacristan)

Act I: Ed io venivo a lui tutta dogliosa (Tosca, Scarpia)

Act I: Tre sbirri, una carrozza (Scarpia, Spoletta, Chorus)

Act II: Tosca e un buon falco! (Scarpia, Sciarrone)

Act II: Ha piu forte sapore (Scarpia, Sciarrone)

Act II: O galantuomo, come ando la caccia? (Scarpia, Spoletta)

Act II: Meno male! (Scarpia, Chorus, Spoletta, Cavaradossi, Tosca)

Act II: Ov'e Angelotti? (Scarpia, Cavaradossi, Spoletta, Tosca)

Act II: Ed or fra noi parliam da buoni amici (Scarpia, Tosca)

Act II: Sciarrone, che dice il Cavalier? (Scarpia, Tosca, Cavaradossi, Spoleta, Sciarrone)

Act II: Orsu, Tosca, parlate (Scarpia, Tosca, Cavaradossi, Spoleta, Sciarrone)

Act II: Floria! ... Amore (Cavaradossi, Tosca, Scarpia, Sciarrone)

Act II: Vittoria! Vittoria! (Cavaradossi, Tosca, Scarpia, Sciarrone)

Act II: Salvatelo! ... Io? ... Voi! (Tosca, Scarpia)

Act II: Se la giurata fede debbo tradir ... Gia mi struggea l'amor (Tosca, Scarpia)

Act II: Come tu mi odi! (Tosca, Scarpia)

Act II: Vissi d'arte (Tosca)

Act II: Vedi, le man giunte io stendo a te! (Tosca / Scarpia / Spoletta)

Act II: Io tenni la promessa

Act II: Tosca, finalmente mia! (Scarpia / Tosca)

Act II: E morto! Or gli perdono! (Tosca)

Act III: Io de' sospiri (Shepherd)

Act III: Lento (Church bells toll for matins)

Act III: Mario Cavaradossi? A voi ... (Gaoler / Cavaradossi)

Act III: E lucevan le stelle (Cavaradossi)

Act III: Ah! Franchigia a Floria Tosca (Cavaradossi / Tosca)

Act III: O dolci mani mansuete e pure (Cavaradossi)

Act III: Senti, l'ora e vicina

Act III: Amaro sol per te m'era il morire (Tosca / Cavaradossi)

Act III: E non giungono (Tosca / Cavaradossi / Gaoler)

Act III: Come e lunga l'attesa! (Tosca)

Act III: Presto! Su, Mario! (Tosca / Spoletta / Sciarrone / Soldiers)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“In this remastering of one of the classic performances of the gramophone, one of Walter Legge's masterpieces as a creative recording producer, you barely miss stereo recording. With offstage effects for example – so important in Puccini – precisely placed, there is a sense of presence normally reserved for twin-channel reproduction. In the long duet between Tosca and Cavaradossi in Act 3 you can even detect a difference of placing between the two singers, Callas set at a slight distance, though whether or not to offset a microphone problem with so biting a voice one can only guess. The immediacy is astonishing, and the great moment of the execution with trombones rasping and the fusillade reproduced at a true fortissimo has never been represented on record with greater impact. The contrasts of timbre are beautifully brought out – amazingly wide with Gobbi as with Callas and with di Stefano producing his most honeyed tones. Though there is less space in the Milan acoustic than we have grown used to in the age of stereo, the separation of voices and orchestra is excellent, with the strands of the accompaniment to 'Vissi d'arte', for example, finely clarified. Only in the big Te Deum scene at the end of Act 1 is there a hint of overloading.
Wonderful as Gobbi's and di Stefano's performances are, and superbly dramatic as de Sabata's conducting is, it is the performance of the unique Callas in the title-role that provides the greatest marvel, and here more than ever one registers the facial changes implied in each phrase, with occasional hints of a chuckle (usually ironic) more apparent than on LP. A truly Great Recording of the last Century which is available in numerous guises. Naxos's transfer is particularly impressive, but if you want top-class supporting material, the mid-price EMI is the one to go for.”

Penguin Guide

2010 edition

****

“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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