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Subject: Re: Verdi's Macbeth
From: Max Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 1 Nov 2017 08:02:23 -0700
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Russ, have you had chance to compare the ďars vocalisĒ or Divina issues with the new Warner set? If so, what do you think?

My usual bias tends toward straightforward transfers, even of flawed material, but Iím always open to something new. 

Max Paley

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> On Nov 1, 2017, at 06:02, Russ Geschke <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Well, the Modl and Hongen performances are at least idiosyncratic.  Excerpts
> from both are posted on You Tube, as are those from the Varnay Maggio
> Musicale performance, which benefits from Vittorio Gui's conducting (as
> opposed to Bohm and Schmidt-Isserstedt).  All three serve to throw into
> relief the "in a class by itself" greatness of the 1952 LaScala Callas de
> Sabata "Macbeth".
> 
> I feel a duty to share what I have found to be by far the finest issue of
> that performance, the one that has been issued and is being sold on ebay by
> "ars vocalis".  I have so far purchased, in addition to av's "Macbeth" his
> 1953 Callas Bernstein "Medea", 1949 Callas Gui "Nabucco" (av manages to
> bring out more of the sound on the original tapes), 1951 Callas del Monaco
> "Aida", and 1960 Callas Corelli Bastianini "Poliuto".  All of them have a
> really remarkable immediacy (i.e., sonic detail), so that the listener has a
> sense of actually being in the theatre.  The other outstanding source for
> superior quality issues of  "live" Callas performances is Divina Records,
> www.divinarecords.com.   I have DR's issues of excerpts of "live" Callas
> "Norma" performances from Buenos Aires 1949, the 1957 Callas Simionato "Anna
> Bolena", and the 1953 Trieste Callas Corelli Christoff "Norma" (the most
> authentic and complete issue of this performance).  I do not have any
> personal or other stake in the ars vocalis or Divina Records enterprises.
> The purpose of this posting is simply to make those who admire Callas and
> collect her recordings aware of those two sources for truly outstanding
> issues from the Callas legacy.  Ars vocalis plans to in the near future to
> issue the 1953 Callas Gui "Medea" and I personally can't wait to hear it.
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Vesna Danilovic" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 7:33 PM
> Subject: Re: Verdi's Macbeth
> 
> 
>> On Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:53:39 -0400, Scott Grunow <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> My favorite "Halloween opera."
>> Which CDs or DVDs do you favor?
>> I have a strange fascination with Modl live in Berlin, 1950, all singing in
>> German ...
> <skip for space> ... There's an earlier recording in German, I think a radio
> broadcast,
> with Hongen as the Lady.
> 
> There is another version in German with Astrid Varnay as the Lady and
> Metternich as
> Macbeth. There is also Varnay's Lady in Italian from the Florence Festival
> and Ivan
> Petroff's phenomenal Macbeth, Gui conducting. While overall I prefer the
> Florence
> MACBETH over the German broadcast, I also had a "strange fascination" (you
> chose
> the right expression for my feelings as well) with this opera in German.
> Varnay is
> even more effective as the Lady in German than Italian, though she was
> brilliant on
> both occasions. There must be something in the music itself that makes it
> compatible
> with the German language (to my surprise, I must say) though it's surely in
> the
> Italian/Verdi idiom.
> 
> I really like the last Met production with Netrebko, Lucic, Pape, and
> Calleja on DVD.
> There is also a great La Scala performance from the 70s, preserved on video
> from the
> RAI TV broadcast, with Verrett, Cappuccilli, and Ghiaurov, under Abbado (no
> subtitles
> and I don't know if it's on DVD, but it's been on Youtube for many years).
> On studio
> CD, I still hold on the old RCA recording with Rysanek, Warren, Hines, and
> Bergonzi.
> Maria Callas was, of course, a spectacular Lady and everyone else was
> excellent on
> that '52 live La Scala, which makes it my favorite live MACBETH on CD, along
> with
> Verrett/Abbado from the same La Scala run as that 70s video.
> 
> Vesna
> 
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