November 23, 2015

Maria Callas' complete studio recitals released in a stylish 14-CD boxed set

The set presents La Divina's eleven studio recitals, re-mastered in high-definition at Abbey Road Studios.

Maria Callas is regarded as one of the greatest divas of all time, whose recordings of the Italian operatic repertoire have become the yardstick by which all subsequent performances and recordings are judged.

But in addition to the studio recordings of some 20 different operas, she also made 11 studio recital albums in which she sang not only scenes and arias from her stage repertoire, but other pieces as well that she never sang on stage.

These recital performances are an invaluable addition to Callas’s recorded legacy and show yet another side of this unique diva, whose vocal achievements stand unrivalled today and probably for all time.

The recitals demonstrate Callas’s exceptional versatility – from bel canto to verismo, dramatic mad scenes to impeccably sung coloratura. The great value of these recitals is magnified by the new transfers made at Abbey Road Studios in 2014, using 24-bit 96kHz remastering.

Maria Callas: The Complete Studio Recitals is out now, and features: Arturo Basile · Franco Corelli · John Lanigan · Georges Prêtre · Nicola Rescigno · Joseph Rouleau · Duncan Robertson · Tullio Serafin · Monica Sinclair · Antonio Tonini · Alexander Young

CD1 The First Recordings 24.04

CD2 Puccini Arias 45.03

CD3 Lyric & Coloratura Arias 48.53

CD4 Callas at La Scala 41.54

CD5 Verdi Arias I 49.30

CD6 Mad Scenes 47.33

CD7 Callas à Paris I 49.46

CD8 Callas à Paris II 43.53

CD9 Verdi Arias II 39.59

CD10 Mozart, Beethoven & Weber 44.29

CD11 Rossini & Donizetti Arias 39.54

CD12 Verdi Arias III 50.16

CD13 The Callas Rarities 1953–1961 63.20

CD14 The Callas Rarities 1962–1969 53.28