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Grand Collections of Maria Callas & Glenn Gould

September 17, 2007

This September come two humongous box sets in classical music.


The same set is also released with bells and whistles, the deluxe edition:

All of her studio recordings are lovingly presented in a beautiful Art Deco style wooden box containing glossy art prints, a comprehensive book guiding you through the EMI / Callas story and a numbered certificate of authenticity. Including rare and unseen pictures of Callas in the studio plus letters and documents following her recordings with EMI and her relationship with the company – particularly the long-suffering Walter Legge! Completely new notes have been provided by EMI’s Callas expert, Tony Locantro. (via this link, which also gives you the list of recordings including in this collection.)

Normally I don’t buy this kind of big collection. If I really like the artist or the performer, I would have lots of his or her recordings, and there is little to add into my collection. But this time is different. I only have two recordings of Gould, Bach’s Goldber Variations (1955 version) and Beethoven’s Variations, and I have yet owned Callas’s any recording. I did listen to her several recordings of operas though, the ones I could find in the library. Not long ago, I placed a special order of Callas’s Rigoletto (1955 version, Naxos) — because the library doesn’t have it — but the customer staff of the agent of Naxos here screwed it up, giving me the wrong CD set. 😦 Therefore, I am quite tempted. The prices aren’t scarily high, especially that Gould’s is only about $151 here.

Related links:

  • Glenn Gould: Every single note released (tokafi)
  • Maria Callas, The Legend Who Lived for Her Art (NPR)
  • Maria Callas: Thirty Years On. The anniversary CD and DVD releases (Sky Art)
  • A Callas Recording Update: especially regarding EMI’s late remastering

Price Information:

  • Glen Gould: at Amazon sites, $221.98 (US), £140.99 (UK), Eur 180.97 (DE), Eur 191.36 (FR)
  • Maria Callas: at Amazon sites $152.99 (US), £82.99 (UK), Eur 85.97 (DE), Eur 93.29 (FR)
  • Maria Callas, Deluxe Edition: about £350 in UK
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