This is a deluxe box set including: Each individual item (complete opera or recital CD) presented in its original artwork, 136 pages hard-back book containing essays, a biography and chronology, rarely-seen photos and also reproductions of revealing correspondence between Maria Callas, Walter Legge and other EMI executives.
Jacqueline du Pre’s career, though tragically brief, coincided with a golden age of recording. This 17-disc treasury unites her entire EMI Classics legacy and includes – for the first time on CD – two Bach sonata movements from her 1962 debut recital for the label. Interpretations long recognised as classic are joined by further rarities, among them the Lalo Cello Concerto, recorded with Daniel Barenboim and the Cleveland Orchestra in 1973, and, from 1968, Strauss’s Don Quixote under Sir Adrian Boult. This collection includes the very latest Abbey Road remasters of Du Pré’s recordings in one definitive boxed set and offers the listener the ultimate listening experience with a fantastic clarity of sound and dynamic range. The collection includes a full-colour 32-page booklet detailing the life and art of Du Pré in both words and pictures as well as a timeline overview of her career.
Chamber music has always formed the heart of Maria João Pires’s musicianship. Indeed, she has often commented that she is happier working with others than performing on her own. “Not sharing a stage is very difficult for me,” she once remarked (in an interview for ArtsJournal in 2012) “You are apart from the group, apart from community, apart from everything. You become different and special. And, if you become different and special, you’re alone.”
This Barcelona-born pianist won acclaim for her Mozart performances, but it was her interpretations of the great Spanish composers that made her a star. That's the focus of this set; all the recordings of solo Spanish piano music she made for the Spanish company Hispavox in the '50s and '60s and a live 1971 recording with soprano Victoria De Los Angeles join a Montsalvatge concerto she played in '92. In addition to a wealth of Granados ( Danza Lenta; Allegro De Concierto; Valses Poeticos Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7 ) and Albeniz ( Almeria; Triana; El Polo; Lavapies; Malaga; Jerez; Azulejos; Tango; Zaragoza ), she plays Soler ( Sonata en Re Menor; Sonata en Fa Mayor ), De Falla ( Piezas Espa+Ýola; Fantasia Betica ), Turina ( Danzas Fantasticas I, II & III ) and more!
MARIA CALLAS is regarded as one of the greatest divas of all time, whose recordings are standards by which all subsequent performances are judged. The 10-CDs of Live Recordings capture her on some of the greatest nights of her career and contain an interview by American Opera commentator Edward Downes. This recital performance are an invaluable addition to Callas s recorded legacy and show yet another side of this unique diva, whose vocal achievements stand unrivalled today and probably for all time. The eye-catching clamshell box are a collectors delight.