Bellini: Norma - Caballé, Berini, Cecchele, Pappas; Masini. Marseille, 1974


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Viewing the cast for this performance makes me regret being born too late to experience singing of this caliber live.  Fortunately this recording captures in excellent sound singers not only coping with their respective treacherous vocal parts but mastering them.  Montserrat Caballé gives a lesson in how to spin endless line.   Her superhuman ability to sing phrases in one breath which other singers would break into two or three, makes one wonder if she somehow mastered circular breathing for singers.   Lavishing in her vocal splendor, it is easy to overlook what a sensitive musician she was and how she fused that sensibility with her technique.  Bianca Berini rises to Caballé level bringing her signature intensity to the part of Adalgisa.  Gianfranco Cecchele is a terrific Pollione.  The sound is excellent!

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