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    Worth every penny! These are the best sounding transfers I've ever heard. I have owned all these recordings on LP and in their first CD incarnations. A couple favorites, like the '52 Tosca, I bought in later, supposedly better masterings.
    So far, I've listened to the Cavalleria - which for me was always the absolute worst sounding of the studio recordings. There is still some overload in the voices at forte moments, but the rest, including the orchestra, is a VAST improvement over the LPs and previous CDs. I've also heard the first Lucia, Cetra recital and Cetra Gioconda. The latter has spectacular sound for 1952- better than the EMI recording of Lucia from that year. Who knew that there was such a great sounding recording lurking behind those crappy Everest/Cetra pseudo stereo pressings!
    Everything will be available individually starting in Oct at about $10-$12/ disc. The set ends up cheaper per disc, plus you get a nice hardback book with lots of photos - and not the ones you see over and over. Some are session photos that I have never seen, and I've got lots of Callas bios and coffee table books.
    All the operas and recitals are packaged in stiff card stock sleeves with the original cover art on the front and cast info one the back. Each actual disc is in a thin paper sleeve within the cover sleeve and each opera or recital has a thin booklet with info on the recording or the importance of the opera or recording in Callas' career. No librettos, but they may be online from Warner Classics. I would think most hard core opera lovers have multiple copies of most of these operas with librettos included (maybe not Medea or Il Turco in Italian).
    All of this fits tidily in a presentation box. Should you want to ditch the box and put the book in the bookshelf, these CD packages will take up about one fifth the room of the old ones.

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    Thanks for the great review.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdcbr View Post
    Worth every penny! These are the best sounding transfers I've ever heard. I have owned all these recordings on LP and in their first CD incarnations. A couple favorites, like the '52 Tosca, I bought in later, supposedly better masterings.
    So far, I've listened to the Cavalleria - which for me was always the absolute worst sounding of the studio recordings. There is still some overload in the voices at forte moments, but the rest, including the orchestra, is a VAST improvement over the LPs and previous CDs. I've also heard the first Lucia, Cetra recital and Cetra Gioconda. The latter has spectacular sound for 1952- better than the EMI recording of Lucia from that year. Who knew that there was such a great sounding recording lurking behind those crappy Everest/Cetra pseudo stereo pressings!
    Everything will be available individually starting in Oct at about $10-$12/ disc. The set ends up cheaper per disc, plus you get a nice hardback book with lots of photos - and not the ones you see over and over. Some are session photos that I have never seen, and I've got lots of Callas bios and coffee table books.
    All the operas and recitals are packaged in stiff card stock sleeves with the original cover art on the front and cast info one the back. Each actual disc is in a thin paper sleeve within the cover sleeve and each opera or recital has a thin booklet with info on the recording or the importance of the opera or recording in Callas' career. No librettos, but they may be online from Warner Classics. I would think most hard core opera lovers have multiple copies of most of these operas with librettos included (maybe not Medea or Il Turco in Italian).
    All of this fits tidily in a presentation box. Should you want to ditch the box and put the book in the bookshelf, these CD packages will take up about one fifth the room of the old ones.
    Thanks for the great review. No librettos you say, but all the on line info states that they are included on a separate CD-ROM. Is that not the case?
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    You are correct- I didn't notice that the last sleeve in th box was libretti. It's to bad mobile devices don't have CD drives- I, for one, don't want to have to sit in front of a computer to follow along. I much prefer the old club chair!

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    Spotify has some of the remasters in its library. I've dipped into a few, and I do think they sound good, but I have to have the volume up a lot higher than usual. I never get CD quality on spotify, even though I pay for a premium account, but, even so, I'm hoping the CDs haven't been transferred at too low a level.
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    They are not at a low level at all.
    I have tried to upload a pic of the packaging, but can't get it to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdcbr View Post
    They are not at a low level at all.
    I have tried to upload a pic of the packaging, but can't get it to work.
    That's good to hear. I can't wait, but I'm going to have to. The family are getting me the set for Christmas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregMitchell View Post
    That's good to hear. I can't wait, but I'm going to have to. The family are getting me the set for Christmas.
    but Santa only delivers to good boys ... and you have exactly three months to continue to be good
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    Quote Originally Posted by Headphone Hermit View Post
    but Santa only delivers to good boys ... and you have exactly three months to continue to be good
    And for the rest of us diablos, there is always Amazon. Luckily, they cheerfully accept the money of both angels and devils.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headphone Hermit View Post
    but Santa only delivers to good boys ... and you have exactly three months to continue to be good
    Oh no, then there's no hope for me. I've never been any good at being good, except of course when I´m bad, and then I´m really good.

    In truth, and as it happens, Santa came very early and from a completely unexpected source. I will have the set in my hands next week when I get back from Spain.

    I am beyond happy, beyond grateful and beyond excited.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Finally able to upload photo of packaging. New Apple update fixed glitch that prevented uploading of photos. Sorry for the delay.
    FYI- sound of 1953 "Tosca" unbelievable!

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