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Subject: Re: Noteworthy Opera/Vocal Reissues
From: Mike Leone <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mike Leone <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 3 May 2017 18:56:54 +0000
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I only recently heard the Milanov studio recording for the first time, since it is in the second 60-CD volume of Living Stereo recordings.  I really enjoyed it.  I also thought that Bjoerling sounded better than I had ever heard him on records.
Mike Leone
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      From: Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]>
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 Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2017 3:59 PM
 Subject: Re: Noteworthy Opera/Vocal Reissues
   
Bob Rideout wrote:

"Late Santuzzas and Toscas were horrifying, but I have a sense
that they were not that much different from her prime - the
Tosca recording is a mess..."

Well, I like the Tosca recording, although I wouldn't say it was my favorite.  (The first Callas 
recording and the 1956 Tebaldi broadcast tie for top slot, for me.)  Milanov's Tosca is great in 
the live Covent Garden performance with Corelli.  But on the recording, her "I-Vhant-To-Be-
Alone!" delivery of "Voglio vederlo!" is a hoot.

Of all Milanov's roles, even those in her prime, the one I like her in best is Maddalena in 
"Andrea Chenier."  The part fit her voice to a T and she really identified with the character and 
the dramatic situation.  The 1954 matinee performance with Del Monaco and Warren is one of 
the great broadcasts in Met history:  three powerful man-'o-wars steaming up the channel.  
Really great stuff.

MDW

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