A true Callas cornucopia, this 70-CD set gathers together everything Maria Callas ever recorded in the studio. That's 26 complete operas (four of which are studio repeats), plus the complete studio recitals made during the legendary soprano's recording career, which lasted from 1949-69. The bonus CD-ROM contains libretti and translations in English, French and German, plus a Callas photo library, while remastered treats include Callas's first recital recording, originally made for the Fonit-Cetra label and featuring arias by Wagner and Bellini. – Barnes & Noble
… one of the great names in classical music, whose mere name was enough to sell out houses worldwide. ~Joseph Stevenson, All Music Guide
During 2015, Christopher Lawrence – then presenting ABC Classic FM’s Morning show in Australia – began to ask his listeners what Mozart fixed for them. The reaction was instantaneous, and the answer came back loud and clear: everything from broken hearts to dripping taps. Lawrence took the idea with him to the Classic Drive show in 2016, and most recently Classic Breakfast's Phillip Sametz has also started to offer fix-it Mozart moments to listeners busy with the challenges of the weekday morning.
Soprano Véronique Gens possesses a beautifully refined voice with a pearly sheen: an ideal voice for Mozart, and the operatic and concert arias and scenes on this 1998 recital effectively showcase her gifts. The repertoire is wide-ranging on several counts; it includes both very familiar and more obscure selections, and there is music from both soprano and mezzo-soprano roles. Gens has the necessary range and the solid technique to comfortably negotiate the music for both voice types; the Countess' "Porgi, amor" is lusciously ripe and rounded, and Cherubino's "Non so più cosa son," taken at a breakneck speed, showcases Gens' agility in her lower register. Gens' tone is absolutely pure and focused, and her legato is smooth as butter. She is also a subtle but superb singing actress, and brings intelligent and expressive honesty to each of the roles. The album ends on a spectacular note with a sophisticated, thrilling, emotionally probing account of Fiordiligi's "Per pieta, ben mio." In Ivor Bolton, Gens has a collaborator whose skill and sensibilities are a terrific match with hers, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, one of the finest European ensembles, plays with exemplary polish and nuance. Virgin Classics' sound has excellent presence and is wonderfully clear..
This unique 70CD box set includes all the studio recordings Maria Callas ever made. It contains 26 complete operas, four of which are studio repeats, plus the complete studio recitals made during her recording career, from 1949 to 1969.
Ensemble Zefiro was founded in 1989 by oboists Alfredo Bernardini and Paolo Grazzi together with bassoonist Alberto Grazzi and consists of talented musicians drawn from leading Baroque orchestras. Zefiro regularly appears to great acclaim at major European, Asian and South American festivals.
Ensemble Zefiro, a period instrument group, give careful, attentive readings of Mozart’s two big octet serenades. In each case the opening movement is rather deliberate but very exactly judged in terms of dynamics and accentuation, and collectively very efficiently and precisely executed. The remaining movements are taken quite quickly, especially the minuets (the second of K375 seems unduly so and the trio is done much more slowly; while the canonic one in K388 is a little lightweight).