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Today some US Amazon Marketplace merchants (including reliable ImportCds
and the Naxos-owned Classical Music Superstore) have it for $163 + $4 S&H.
I finally succumbed to it, though it fully duplicates the prior (though
inferior) 70cd EMI box from 2007.
On Dec 3, 2014 6:17 AM, "Jamie Howarth" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Kickstarter!
>
> This would be a really worthy project. Processing 3 tracks presents the
> time-base accuracy as it came off the mics,
>
> Please pardon the misspellings and occassional insane word substitution
> I'm on an iPhone
>
> > On Dec 2, 2014, at 5:03 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> >
> > I believe this project started under EMI. Andy Walter at Abbey Road did
> all or most of the remastering. Andy is a real ace, I just worked with him
> on new remastering for the upcoming Mercury Living Presence Box Set 3
> (release due in spring 2015).
> >
> > Unfortunately, EMI has always had some sort of a phobia about going back
> to the 3-track first generation master for Callas's Medea, which was
> recorded by Mercury for Ricordi. The 3-tracks were returned to EMI in the
> early 60's, after EMI bought Ricordi. As far as I know, EMI has always used
> the 2-track provided to Ricordi by Mercury, which was a second-generation
> dub of the master 3-track.
> >
> > If the Callas fanatics out there can raise enough ruckus with Warner
> Classics, and shake about $10k loose, I stand ready to see those 3-tracks
> done right. I'll clean all the old splices, replace what's needed, do a
> Plangent Process transfer, and remaster in high resolution. I just did this
> with other 3-tracks, the process works incredibly well. A 10k budget is
> very cheap compared to 1990s halcyon days. And by the way, EMI also got
> back 3-tracks of all of the non-Callas operas Mercury recorded for Ricordi,
> plus all of the Halle/Barbirolli and Halle/Weldon material recorded for
> Pye. EMI has never gone back to the 3-tracks with any of this, so
> everything issued in modern times does not sound nearly as good as it can.
> The main issue with classical back-catalog is money, but with the old EMI I
> always thought it was ego also (those tapes were NOT made here so why would
> we bother with this strange American format). I don't know if this attitude
> moved over to Warner Classics. Warner Music's pop/rock and jazz divisions
> have been very aggressive about remastering back-catalog material in high
> resolution formats, and going back to master tapes quite often.
> >
> > -- Tom Fine
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----- From: "Alex McGehee" <
> [log in to unmask]>
> > To: <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2014 4:22 PM
> > Subject: [ARSCLIST] Callas Re-issues
> >
> >
> >> Hey gang!
> >> I find it interesting that no one has commented on Warner's remastering
> of Maria Callas's recorded EMI legacy. EMI really milked these recordings
> and frankly each new reissue was worse than the first one done in the early
> 1980s –– many problems well documented by the diva's devotees.
> >>
> >> Warner went back to the original masters supervised the new issues with
> an engineering team that new what it was doing (though maybe not in baking
> some of the tapes) and the results truly are revelatory. I think the "Lyric
> and Colortura Arias" recording from 1954 is one of the top ten Desert
> Island discs and high-up even there. Warner has done a tremendous service
> to Callas's great gift. And yes the box weighs a ton and would break a foot
> if dropped. But Warner finally achieved what EMI never managed to do,
> despite the small fortune EMI made off the dramatic soprano of the 20th
> century. I think it's worth shelling out those extra bucks for this. I
> raided a jar with a stash of three years of pocket change. Has anyone else
> managed to hear these remasterings? I'd be interested in your thoughts.
> >>
> >> Alex McGehee
> >>
>