This week brings you our first release of 2022, and it's a real classic: Maria Callas and Giuseppe Di Sefano's 1956 studio recording of Verdi's Un ballo in maschera. Presented in superb Ambient Stereo XR remastered sound it's a massive sonic step forward from what was already a marvellous production.
"This is one of Callas's most compelling assumptions. Certain phrases, such as when she sings "Son di lui", - "I am his" meaning her husband's to Riccardo - remain uniquely accented and convincing. Her Amelia does have more character, presence and sheer spinto quality than that of either soprano on the rival sets." - Gramophone, 1987
PUCCINI PROMOTION: From 3pm Paris time Friday 7 January, and for exactly one week, we mark the 163rd birthday on 22 December 1858 of Puccini, with a 10% discount on all our recordings of his music in download or CD format - the discount is automatic and applied at the checkout.