Label : Naxos
Format : Ape
Cover : Yes
Alceo Galliera, Ambroise Thomas, Anna Moffo, Antonino Votto, Arturo Basile, Beethoven, Bellini, Bergonzi, Berlioz, Bizet, Callas, Cappuccilli, Cherubini, Christa Ludwig, de Sabata, di Stefano, Donizetti, Franco Corelli, Gavazzeni, Gluck, Gobbi, Gounod, Karajan, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Massenet, Mozart, Nicola Rescigno, Nicola Zaccaria, Nicolai Gedda, Ponchielli, Pretre, Puccini, Rolando Panerai, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, Schwarzkopf, Scotto, Serafin, Tagliavini, Verdi, Wagner, Weber
Due for release on September 22 is ‘Callas Remastered: The Complete Studio Recordings’, a 69-disc Warner Classics box-set produced as the result of a major remastering project to transfer the original tapes to 24-bit/96kHz digital sound.
Containing 26 operas and 13 recital albums, and the subject of a major feature in Gramophone’s 2014 Awards issue, on sale now, the Callas project will also be available as 24-bit/96kHz downloads from the Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound, exclusively from Monday (September 22) until October 5.
The new set encompasses all the studio recordings Callas made for both EMI/Columbia and the Italian label Cetra between 1949 and 1969, and while these recordings have previously been remastered at CD quality, remastering engineer Allan Ramsay explains that this is the first time the tapes have been remastered at 24-bit/96kHz ‘beyond CD’ quality: ‘What this means is we’ve now got more high-frequency content and better definition to the sound.