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Subject: Re: Maria Callas Live OUT TODAY: 40 years this week since La Divina's death
From: Max Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:02:55 -0700

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I just noticed that these recordings are available as "high res" downloads from HDTracks and Acoustic Sounds.

They're high res in the sense that they're 24-bit rather than 16-bit, but they're still sampled at CD standard 44.1KHz vs the 96KHz offered on the high res versions of Warner's Callas studio remasterings.

You can buy the individual operas or a complete set from HDTracks. Acoustic Sounds, at last right now, makes you buy the whole bundle. The high res downloads are significantly more expensive than CDs.

For me this is a bit of a quandary. I'd rather start with one or two from HDTracks than swallow the whole thing. But something in HDTracks' encoding changed several months ago; their downloads play fine on my home Linn player but now are unlistenably distorted on my AR MR2 portable music player, some encode/decode incompatibility. If I buy, I want to use on both. No similar problems with downloads from Acoustic Sounds or (who have 192KHz 24-bit versions of the latest RCA "Living Stereo" box contents).

The whole question of source material used raises (again) a question for me? Why does Italian live material from the 1950s sound so terrible compared to German and Austrian live recordings from the same era? What radically different equipment and practices were deployed by the RAI vs. Germany's Bayerische Rundfunk or Austria's ORF? I know that in the early 50s the RAI had absolute state of the art 30 IPS tape machines. Were they not used to preserve these broadcasts?

Why are people having to struggle to extract and recreate sounds that should be on high quality broadcast tapes from La Scala and other Italian houses?

Max Paley

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> On Sep 15, 2017, at 07:51, Warner Classics <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> VIDEO: Behind the Scenes - The audio restoration of Maria Callas Live
> The Maria Callas Live edition was a labour of love for the sound engineers at Art et Son, using cutting-edge technology and the greatest quality original source material. Hear the difference and see how it was done. The box set is out today to mark 40 years since La Divina's death on 16 September, 1977.
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> Maria Callas Live: Remastered Live Recordings 1949-64
> "A marvel of audio restoration"  -MDR Kultur (Germany)
> "A box set to cherish for all music-lovers wishing to understand the origins and persistence of the Callas legend. Short of an actual miracle, the patient remastering work, undertaken using new sources, has yielded astonishing improvements. The voices are intensified, whether Maria Callas's or those of her (often prestigious) partners." -Télérama (France)
> "The sound has been treated to such a sophisticated restoration (spearheaded by Studio Art et Son and Studio Circé, the best in terms of technology) that it's not comparable to any other edition previously released." -Classic Voice (Italy)
> Commemorating the 40th anniversary of her death in Paris on 16 September 1977, Warner Classics presents Maria Callas Live: the authoritative remastered edition in a deluxe 42-CD box (also available as digital download and on streaming platforms) drawing together the great soprano's live opera recordings, with the invaluable inclusion of 12 roles she never recorded in the studio.          
> Out Now
> Out Today on Vinyl
> The passion and charisma of Maria Callas, performing live on the stages of the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls, can now be experienced as never before on this limited-edition collectors' LP. (Also available as an expanded 2CD set.) These are performances that played a crucial part in creating the legend of Callas and which keep her thrilling art very much alive: Tosca's Vissi d'Arte, Norma's Casta Diva, Aida's Gloria all'Egitto and more.
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