Cal­las as never seen be­fore

BBC Music Magazine - - THE FULL SCORE -

A 42-CD set of live Maria Cal­las record­ings, fea­tur­ing 12 roles she never recorded in the stu­dio, has been re­leased by Warner Clas­sics. Verdi’s Nabucco, I vespri si­cil­iani and Mac­beth, Wag­ner’s Par­si­fal, Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Poli­uto, Rossini’s Ar­mida, Bellini’s Il pi­rata, Gluck’s Al­ceste and Iphigénie en Tau­ride, Spon­tini’s La vestale and Gior­dano’s An­drea Chénier are all new ad­di­tions to the Cal­las discog­ra­phy. The set fea­tures eight other op­eras, and on Blu-ray five com­plete filmed recitals. All of the record­ings have been newly re­mas­tered, and a com­pan­ion 200-page book in­cludes in-depth cov­er­age of each of the roles fea­tured in this set. See ‘The month in box sets’, p101.

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