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    Quote Originally Posted by Granate View Post
    aussie means the 1955 Scala Rigoletto in studio, don't worry.
    OK I misread it then. The Traviata of course was set up with a Rigoletto cast but then could not be delivered with Callas as she was unavailable for that. It is the way lamented that perhaps what was her greatest role has never been captured satisfactorily on disk at least from the technical point of view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    OK I misread it then. The Traviata of course was set up with a Rigoletto cast but then could not be delivered with Callas as she was unavailable for that. It is the way lamented that perhaps what was her greatest role has never been captured satisfactorily on disk at least from the technical point of view.
    Callas was unavailable because a clause in her Cetra contract forbad her from recording the opera again within 5 years of her recording it for them (made in 1953). Legge went ahead because he desperately needed a Traviata in his La Scala series, though, in retrospect, maybe he should have waited. The recording with Stella never sold and indeed was never even reissued by EMI, though Testament did eventually reissue it many years later. In any case Stella is a poor substitute for Callas.

    Callas was so furious with Serafin for agreeing to record 'her' Traviata without her, that she didn't speak to him for a while, and indeed he is absent from her recording schedule for the following year (1956), though they did of course make up and he recorded with her again in 1957.
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    Sad story. Lost opportunities to enrich posterity. Not to get too far off topic here, but it reminds me of RCA turning down Rachmaninoff when he came to them late in his career and requested to record some of the bigger pieces in his repertoire; (12 Beethoven Sonatas! The other three Chopin Ballades, the Liszt Sonata, Schumann's Symphonic Studies, on and on. Tragic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lextune View Post
    Sad story. Lost opportunities to enrich posterity. Not to get too far off topic here, but it reminds me of RCA turning down Rachmaninoff when he came to them late in his career and requested to record some of the bigger pieces in his repertoire; (12 Beethoven Sonatas! The other three Chopin Ballades, the Liszt Sonata, Schumann's Symphonic Studies, on and on. Tragic.
    That is astonishing. Who could refuse Rachmaninoff anything for any reason?

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