Maria Callas Remastered

Maria-Callas‘A morning with engineer Simon Gibson in the studio at Abbey Road, listening to extracts from Warner’s newly remastered Callas edition, was a revelation. The accretions of time had been stripped from the old recordings, leaving the performances fresh, vibrant and immediate. Suddenly I could see what all the fuss had been about. These studio-quality discs capture, more intimately than any photograph, the inner life of this extraordinary soprano over her very public 20-year career.’

Excerpt from an article by Amanda Holloway in Opera Now magazine. Read the full article in Opera Now November, available as a printed edition or as a digital edition.

All tracks are available with thanks to Warner Classics.

For more Maria Callas Remastered recordings and video clips, visit www.warnerclassics.com/maria-callas-remastered

Hear for yourself how the remastering process has improved these recordings below.

Wagner Tristan und Isolde, Act 3: ‘Dolce e calmo’ (from The First Recital, 1949)

1. 2014 remaster (opening)
2. Previous remaster (opening)
3. 2014 remaster (complete)

Ponchielli La Gioconda, Act 4: ‘Ecco, il velen di Laura’ (from La Gioconda, 1952)

4. 2014 remaster (opening)
5. Previous remaster (opening)
6. 2014 remaster (complete)

Leoncavallo I Pagliacci, Act 1: ‘Qual fiamma avea nel guardo’ (from I Pagliacci, 1954)

7. 2014 remaster (excerpt)
8. Previous remaster (excerpt)
9. 2014 remaster (complete)

Puccini Tosca, Act 2: ‘Vissi d’arte’ (from Pure: Maria Callas Remastered)

10. 2014 remaster (opening)
11. Previous remaster (opening)
12. 2014 remaster (complete)

Gounod Roméo et Juliette, Act 1: ‘Ah! Je veux vivre dans ce rêve’ (from Callas à Paris, 1961)

13. 2014 remaster (opening)
14. Previous remaster (opening)
15. 2014 remaster (complete)

About Maria Callas Remastered

Although Maria Callas died aged just 53, as long ago as September 1977, she remains an icon: as a supreme singing actress, as a celebrity, and as a woman of great style and elegance. The epitome of the operatic diva, the American-born Greek soprano is recognised as a singer who defined, and even redefined, opera in the 20th century and she has never lost her place among the world’s top-selling classical artists. With the release of Callas Remastered: The Complete Studio Recordings, opera lovers will now be able to hear her as never before.

Warner Classics is now the guardian of Maria Callas’s official recorded catalogue, and this 69-CD deluxe box set contains all the studio recordings that she made for both EMI/Columbia and the Italian label Cetra between 1949 and 1969. Each recording has been painstakingly remastered in 24-bit/96kHz sound at Abbey Road Studios, using the original tapes, and the entire collection has been curated with the greatest of care.

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