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    Is there any recording which is

    a) in French

    b) listenable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Shatterhand View Post
    Is there any recording which is

    a) in French

    b) listenable?
    I believe there are a couple of recordings in French, but review haven't encouraged me to seek them out. I guess the problem is that Callas casts such a massive shadow over the title role, for all that she only sang it in the hybrid Franz Lachner version.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Highlights in french 1962






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    According to Lionel Salter, writing in Opera on Record 3, most of the numbers included are heavily cut. Of Rita Gorr he says,

    For all the beauty and firmness of tone Gorr produces in the lower part of her voice, the clarity of her anunciation and her obvious intelligence, she is miscast as Medea, the tessitura of whose part lies far too high for a mezzo, and above the stave the strain is often apparent in shrill or ill-supported notes.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    I have several recordings of Médée/Medea and not all of them have Callas in!

    I like both the Lachner and the original version of the opera and can enjoy each on its own merits. One or more of Callas' recordings are essential and I would pick La Scala in 53, Dallas in 58 and the studio recording as favourites. I also have a rare recording of Magda Olivero in the title role in Mantova in 1971. There is much to enjoy in her interpretation, even if it has a touch of 'shadow of Callas' at times.

    For the French version I have the following:

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    It's in French with dialogue and I like the singers even if they aren't absolutely 'A' star. It's a live recording so the sound isn't top notch studio either, but it's typical 90s live performance sound, so perfectly listenable. Since a decent studio recording of the French version hasn't been made, this would be my recommendation for that version of the opera.

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    Last edited by The Conte; Jan-24-2020 at 17:29.

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