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Subject: The Callas discussion
From: Jason Victor Serinus <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jason Victor Serinus <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 5 Aug 2016 14:56:45 -0700

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For those who are going from memory, or who are refreshing their memory by
visits to sonically compromised YouTube, the only way to adequately assess
her commercial output is by referencing either the original LPs or the
latest, hi-res (24/96) remastering. All other CD transfers pale in
comparison. I play the 24/96 file of her Sleepwalking Scene from *Macbeth *over
and over, and am never less than astounded at her artistry. Not only is her
voice perfect for the role, but her timing and carefully judged, oft subtle
emphases are incomparable.

Most people on Opera-L, I realize, lack the ability to play 24/96 files.
Getting the latest masterings on CD are your best alternative. All the
intervention of numerous previous sound engineers and producers is gone,
and what is left is as close as you're going to get. Depending upon the LP
pressing, some of these hi-rez masterings sound better than the original

jason victor serinus

Jason Victor Serinus
Music and audiophile critic - Whistler Extraordinaire
**The Voice of Woodstock • The Pavarotti of Pucker**
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
 --George Bernard Shaw
Now doing exactly that in Port Townsend, WA

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