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Why do people insist on comparing great musicians? All right, his playing is fine, extraordinary even, but his version of Voodoo Chile (not Child) does not have the soul of Hendrix's. It's rock without the roll, which isn't to say that it's inferior - it's just a different.
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She was a stupendous singer. It's so unfortunate that the name of Maria Callas is brought into nearly every YouTube opera discussion. These two voices had nearly nothing in common, and their Aida's were mere cousins of each other. Let us appreciate Ms Price for what she has given the world. Renee Flemming's tribute to her is well worth a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43DR9xeAsnE .
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Renata Tebaldi was a spinto soprano and Maria Callas could be best categorized as a coloratura soprano. They had very different voices and sang different repertoires. This particular opera (Il Trovador) was written for a spinto soprano, but Callas does not sing it in that manner. Yes, her voice is a marvel but I don’t think it’s optimally showcased here. Tebaldi’s voice is just the opposite – a natural, unstrained match-up with Verdi’s intentions. Select a different piece of music – say, something by Donizetti – and my preference would likely be reversed.
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While I am glad you have enthusiasm for Callas's immortal voice, your swearing greatly detracts from the general aura of what you write.

Verdi wrote four roles specifically for the spinto voice (Desdemona, Aida and Leonora in "La forza del destino" and "Il Trovatore"). Neither of Verdi's Leonoras is a coloratura role, but his Gilda and Alzira are in accordance their respective scorings. The salient point here is that Verdi wrote for many types of voices and he - like any other composer - chose them according to the overall needs of a composition.

The spinto voice is not all that common (Sondra Radvanovsky is the only contemporary who comes to mind) however that does not mean that roles such as Leonora cannot be sung to great success. With that in mind, I simply reiterate my opinion that the recording of Callas here does not adequately showcase her gifts. Contrary to your statement, I would add that she does not sing coloratura in the recording and that it would have sounded odd if she had since the music does not invite it. For Callas and coloratura, check out recordings of her singing Lucia.

Saying, as you do, that Renata Tebaldi was not a soprano to me suggests you have not heard a great deal of her recordings which, to people with pitch perception, greatly support the belief that her upper limit was C6 (which she hits in this recording) but that it began to escape her with age. Also of note were her great high, sustained pianissima and clear chest/head glissandi.
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Has Corelli ever sounded better? And Christa Ludwig is divine! Serafin is to be forever remembered for this performance.
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This guy is a moron who, by his own admission, gets bored reading scientific articles given his literary background. Meta-studies of existing hospital and safety data indicate that wearing a bike helmet cuts by nearly half the chance that a cyclist in an accident will sustain a brain, head or neck injury, or die. I'm living proof of it. I'm aghast. WEAR A HELMET!
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+Jim Kiely  that TED talk is not about professional cyclists. See my avatar? That's me wearing a helmet during sport event. I had to wear it otherwise they won't me let participate.

But Mikael's talk is about average man who just wants a "good live" , just get from point A to point B in a most convenient way. What happens if we start telling this man that he should wear helmet? Check the video @ 13:00 when Mikeal says that 2008 was the the first year of "hardcore bicycle helmet  promotion in Denmark" and listen what happened next...

peace man but please dont shout at fellow cyclists because you are scaring them off ...
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