These comments have been submitted by customers of Celestial Audio.
I know and liked this opera from the commercial Scotto/Bergonzi set. I found this performance even more beautiful. These singers as you said, are not ďbig nameĒ but are all wonderful and well balanced. I had forgotten or perhaps didnít realize what a charming and touching, and all too neglected opera this is. Itís been in my car stereo for a while now and I have enjoyed listening to it over and over again.
You have a real winner here and I hope all of your customers will give it a try. They will not be disappointed and maybe even surprised to hear this lovely and unfamiliar Puccini work
WALKURE & SIEGFRIED
Your package of half a RING arrived the other day and despite my hectic schedule I did find some time to sample a bit of each opera. First of all the packaging is second-to-none in the live opera community. I dislike calling CDs 'product' because it seems to minimize the import of the music they contain but the reality is that they are product and as such should be attractive and indicative of the content. Your careful attention to detail, attractive graphics, sensible tracking and presentation certainly raises one's hope for what they are about to hear. And the sound is fabulous. You obviously share my philosophy of minimal intervention. The natural sound of what was obviously excellent source material shines through, I can't compliment you enough.
As for the performances, I can't really say too much yet, having only sampled perhaps a half hour of total music. What struck me was how sloppy Manfred Jung and Siegfried Jerusalem were. Geeze, if I were invited to sing at Bayreuth under Solti I would make darn sure I knew my part. Luckily, I am not the type to fixate on a few misplaced notes and I am extremely happy to have these mementos of Solti's only Bayreuth appearances in such stunning sound and beautiful presentation.
When I discovered CA about 2 years ago I was struck by the superb
quality of your recordings which is unparalled in the "live opera
community". Since then my experience has shown that, if
anything, they have continued to get even better. As you know, I
have a great many CA recordings and I can truly say that your attention to
your perfectionism and your integrity result in the finest live opera recordings that I ever heard.
|Laurie||USA||The CD's came today and sound GORGEOUS.
Thanks for the replacement and standing behind your product.
It is a pleasure doing business with you
|Maciej||Poland||Why is in your catalogue so little recordings of great singer Ewa Podles?!|
I got the order and it is really wonderful, so I went ahead and placed the
order for the remainder of the Ring, now that I see how good the sound is
for Gotterdammerung. I think more people should know about these treasures you have. I was actually at the 1984 Ring at Bayreuth so imagine the memories these discs have brought.
Ah ... you've given me back my youth - I'm listening to the RAI "Torvaldo e Dorliska", and it's even better than I remembered.
A million thanks!
|Bernard||France||The disks just arrived today and they are
Excellent sound and beautiful covers, nice packaging, just the way we like ! Congratulations. I will certainly send soon another order!
|Linda||U.K.||Hi! I am so delighted to have found
your website and to be able to order recordings of operas featuring
several of my favourite singers (especially John Brecknock and Geoffrey
Chard both of whom were sadly neglected by recording
companies). I have fond memories of the productions of Fidelio and
War & Peace which I have just ordered.
Please keep up the good work!
I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful recording of Carmen received from you this week. Katherine Pring was a close friend for many years and to finally have a recording of arguably her greatest role, means more than you can imagine.
I shall certainly be making more purchases in the future.
I received my copy of the Belohlavek Katya
today and the Yvonne Kenny Brussels recital. The quality of both is
superb!! The Katya is simply marvellous and Cheryl Barker is quite radiant
CA455 OTELLO (Rossini) CA203 TANCREDI
I have received your CDs for about 2 weeks now. Thank you very much.
Thank you too for your incredible work ! What a pleasure to have this wonderful evenings ! I don't know what can I say about Merritt's performance in Otello ! Just wonderful ! Why did he stop singing Rossini music ? The Tancredi is really beautiful and much better than the official Horne's recording. Thank you for being possible to have these treasures at home !!
Norma has arrived and I'm thrilled. Thank you so much!
I'd also like to say that I think it's fantastic that you go to the trouble of making covers and track listings - it makes the discs even more cherishable.
I'm sure I'll be ordering more very soon!
Just a few words to let you know that I did have
the opportunity to see your new pages in the catalogue. Wow!!!
I am like a child in a candy shop.
CA387 DON GIOVANNI
I have just received the Don Giovanni and the Audio Catalogue.
They are in perfect condition.
And what a great performance of Giovanni ! Thank you very much
|John||Australia||I will be sending you an order for 4 copies of the CA 547
"Semiramide" (Sutherland/Elms). The reason is that Joseph
Ward, the tenor on the recording - was thrilled to find it existed as he'd
previously only had excerpts.
Several friends have asked me for "copies" and I'd prefer to give
them the real thing. I hope this is not a problem for you.
|Peter||Germany||In the last months, I have bought from you two operas: "Idomeneo" with Pavarotti from Salzburg and "Virginia" by Mercadante. I was very happy about the quality of the CDs and also with the labels and presentation. All from you was very professional and in best quality. Thank you for all!!!|
|Ray||USA||The remainder of the Solti RING arrived and I spent a weekend listening to it in its entirety. It is really quite the performance. The orchestra plays beautifully throughout and the singers, while sometimes rhythmically inaccurate, are all inspired by having Solti in the pit. I rather like Nimsgern's Wotan, even though he is somewhat hard-pressed at times. Solti really relaxes more than in the studio and that little nervous tick I always noticed on beat 4 is mercifully absent here. No doubt a large part of the enjoyment comes from the spectacular sound in which you present the work. The detail and spaciousness is quite remarkable with only a miniscule bit of tape-hiss or hum to betray that this was not a studio effort. You must be very proud of this and rightfully so.|
The quality of your sources and cd-transfers, as well as label and cover design is vastly superior to all other suppliers of live recordings (with the exception of OPERA RARA).
The package arrived yesterday and I wasted no time getting to my favorite opera: The Barber of Seville in 48kHz/24bit !!
My Goodness, what incredible sound !!!
|Jim||USA||I have the pleasure of owning several of your recordings
and, in my opinion, you are heads above other companies in terms of
quality and packaging.
In particular your Traviata with Fleming and Villazon is a standout.
I look forward to your future releases.
|Paul||UK||It is always a pleasure to liaise with Helmuth.
His professional, kind and extremely gracious approach to every request is a rarity in some people. The sound on all of his recordings is superb and his prices are extremely reasonable indeed. Thank you a thousand times. Always in debt to his kindness.
I am astounded by the sound quality of your issues, especially
the Armida -
|Chris||UK||I must say, the quality of the sound and packaging on all the CDs Iíve bought is excellent. I canít thank you enough.|
Many thanks again for your prompt attention to this order.
It sure is a joy doing business with you.
|Geoffrey||Sweden||Many thanks for my latest order....once again I am amazed
at the sound
quality of the Audio-DVD recordings.
I have just listened to the Cosi (CV005) ..... simply marvellous.
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I was most curious about the Donna del Lago, (CA646) because several years ago a friend had given me an very poor audiotape copy of the performance.
But I liked the performance, and all the singers, and hoped that someday you might be able to offer it.
†I knew that you would be working from a much better original, and you did not disappoint -- your recording is wonderful. I know that the original you worked from probably did not have the wide dynamic range that many later private recordings have, but the sound is excellent. The voices come through cleanly, which I think is very important in Rossini because with your recording I could hear many of the "little" notes that my copy just blurred.
†So thank you!
|Elihu||USA||I received the recording of Les Vepres (CA452) and wished to thank you. Just sampling it first, it sounds like a wonderful performance. It is a pleasure to hear this work in its original language. It certainly changes its character with the use of French|
|Ron||USA||The CDs arrived today...and they are splendid.
What a wonderful job. Many thanks..
|Chris||Germany||I received my CDs today. Great Stuff. Thank you very much. Very good work!|
|Many thanks for the recording of "Romeo et Juliette"
(CA545) just received, I am impressed by the very high quality
Great singing from Valerie Masterson.
|Joseph||USA||I am very pleased to report that my recent order for Bellini's La Straniera (Fleming, Kunde; Queler), Donizetti's Sancia di Castiglia (Caballť), and Tchaikovsky's Orleanskaya Deva (Zajick; Callegari) has arrived and I could not be more thrilled, both with the quality of the discs and with the performances themselves. I am very fond of Dolora Zajick in general and am very happy to obtain this recording of what has become one of Zajick's 'signature' roles. As always, the level of quality offered in your items is exceptional. Thank you very much for your first-rate service and unparalleled quality.|
|Joan||USA||Thank you so! I have received this order
(CA434 MACBETH) and the quality is truly superb. When I saw
the note of the Macbeth being an "in-house" recording, I feared
that it would be a muddle. I was amazed at what good
quality you were able to achieve. I was actually at that
I will be reviewing your catalog shortly and look forward to ordering from you soon. Again - your quality is superb. Congratulations!!
|Martin||Germany||I just got the CDs, thank you very much.
As far as I can hear, the pitching of all recordings is perfect and the sound is marvellous. You did an excellent job!
|Tania||Australia||The order (CA607La Straniera) arrived safely, and the singing and sound quality are beautiful.|
|Paul||Sth Africa||I received the Anna Bolena (CA205)
last night and besides the sound being great (but then Iím no sound
fundi, I listen to the voices and the music),
the presentation is professional too. All in all, then, Iím very happy indeed
with the product. Many thanks!
|Ricardo||Brasil||The cds arrived safely. I'm very impressed by the quality and will order more very soon.|
What does Des Grieux sing? ďO tentatrice!!!Ē (Of course itís the female form but thereís no time to consult my Italian-German Dictionary). I ordered as much as my budget allows for this moment. (Could be more Ė alas!)
|Peter||UK||The discs I got yesterday are as good to look at as to listen to.|
|Nigel||UK||I am very pleased with the recordings I received last month and the professional quality of the discs & inserts, far better than a number of commercial recordings I've bought!|
|Andrej||USA||I WANT MORE!! Are you kidding me?
The recordings are fantastic,
the packaging is great. How on Earth didn't I discover you earlier??
|Stephen||UK||Just to let you know my first order of three CD sets
arrived last week. I was delighted with them and will
certainly be ordering from your catalogue again!!
I just received
my order and in writing, I listen (already!) to the fabulous
ďOtelloĒ for which I was waiting impatiently : Merritt and Blake are
so amazing in this opera ...
|Thierry||France||I have just received my order and I want to thank you for the quality and the care of the disks which you market.|
I have received the parcel with
the CDs. They arrived safely without any damage.
|Edward||Australia||I am absolutely delighted with the recordings I received
from you today,
thus the new order! Thanks for everything!
Your recordings are produced with great care! So, it is a pleasure to discover new works or new performances...
|Claus||Germany||On returning from Paris, where we saw Donna del
Lago with DiDonato and Florez, we had another wonderful experience
receiving your package.
Thank you very much indeed - we are very happy with these great recordings.
|Nigel||UK||Just to say I've had several orders from
you before & have been very pleased with your high standard of service
& the quality of the recordings.
I always look out for the rarities!
Just to say that I have now listened to all the CDs (some of them twice) and they are just wonderful. Thank you so much!
I'm so excited, that I had to write again with a suggestion:
The Australian Opera 1977 Gala Concert CD should be renamed:
"Where Have All the Great Singers Gone?"
Okay, I know 9 of them are dead! But those voices will never die !!!!!!
The first package arrived and is great !!!
Looking forward to hearing the next one !
|Hugo||Belgium||My order arrived last Thursday. The recordings
You may expect a lot more orders from me in the near future.
|Sebastian||USA||CA1080: What a
thrill it was to hear this Norma.
As if the title role itself wasnít one of the most difficult in all opera, the wonderful new-come Angela Meade interpolates and tackles this formidable role with ease. She is partnered by an excellent group of singers to make a really memorable and interesting performance of this great work. I found Will Crutchfield's conducting bold and nicely paced throughout. Add to all this your care in producing this live performance from Caramoor in remarkable sound quality. It will easily stand as one of best recordings of Norma.
|Giancarlo||Italy||Today I received the recording of Karajan's 1977 Salzburg
The quality of the recording exceeds my expectations. It is, indeed, celestial. Clean, detailed sound both for orchestra and singers, appropriate balance, no tinkering with normalization, equalization, etc. Superb. This recording holds a special place in my heart, since in 1977 I was in Salzburg and saw this production. Wonderful. CA is a recent discovery for me, and I definitely look forward to getting more recordings from you.
|Stewart||UK||I received my first order for 3 sets remarkably quickly. The packaging is superb, the artwork excellent with full cast listings and track indexation. As for the quality of the recordings-stunning. Even the 2000 Met Rosenkavalier which was apparently recorded at a time of technical problems is superb. As for the 1977 Salzburg Salome under Karajan, it exceeds the quality of even the remastered EMI "Studio" recording (actually engineered by James Locke of Decca in the Sofiensaal ) both in terms of artistry and recorded sound-I kid you not. Unreservedly recommended for those who wish to access a cornucopia of opera delights largely unavailable elsewhere-these are priceless achievements.|
Your work is very extraordinarily excellent !
My order exceeded my expectations in every way. Beautiful inserts, artwork, indexing, track lists, photographs, safe packaging while in transit, high quality transfers, performance details.... truly astonishing. I am very, very, pleased!
Thank you so much for your excellent work.