Tommasini on Callas's Tosca

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Tommasini on Callas's Tosca

Post by John F » Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:00 pm

In today's NY Times, Anthony Tommasini discusses and plays excerpts from Maria Callas's portrayal of Tosca in the EMI recording conducted by Victor De Sabata. This is the kind of close listening that we may not always have time for, but with a great recording like this one it can pay big dividends. It's here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/29/arts ... rding.html
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Re: Tommasini on Callas's Tosca

Post by lennygoran » Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:31 pm

John F wrote:
Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:00 pm
In today's NY Times, Anthony Tommasini discusses and plays excerpts from Maria Callas's portrayal of Tosca in the EMI recording conducted by Victor De Sabata. This is the kind of close listening that we may not always have time for, but with a great recording like this one it can pay big dividends. It's here:
John thank you for pointing to this! Regards, Len :)

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Re: Tommasini on Callas's Tosca

Post by jbuck919 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:10 pm

Years ago I saw a taped excerpt of her Tosca killing Scarpia and it was clear why she is often thought of as a singing actress. It was absolutely blood-curdling.

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Re: Tommasini on Callas's Tosca

Post by barney » Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:22 pm

It's one of the first opera recordings I ever heard, and it knocked me out. I also loved her Barber with Luigi Alva and Tito Gobbi, which was my introduction to Callas. She was a real minx, so much more characterful than most recorded Rosinas. Wonderful.
This article, unthinkable in an Australian paper now, is one reason why the NYT remains so very important. Leisurely, intelligent, interesting commentary.

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