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# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Leontyne Price, Jon Vickers, Robert Merrill, Rita Gorr
# Orchestra: Rome Opera House Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
# Vinyl (1962)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN: B0000041RW
# Size: 3 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Honor to the „GRANDIOSA“ Leontyne Price, who became the first black superstar in operatic !
Superb also the performance of Robert Merrill: for me, together with Tito Gobbi and Sherrill Milnes, one of the best baritones of all times.
This is a great performance of “Aida”, easily surpassing both von Karajan versions, as well as most others. Plainly, one could make a case for this “Aida” as being the greatest version yet recorded. Georg Solti creates an “Aida” that rises to Wagnerian proportions — brass and percussion have never sounded so immediate and sonically compelling as they do here. Of course, one would encounter little of this in a more traditional reading, but the the rewards are many. Leontyne Price is heard here in her first recorded assumption of the role of Aida, and she is just about as perfect as one will ever hear. The voice was at its zenith, and the characterization never more convincing. I prefer her work here to that on the much later RCA version conducted by Leinsdorf. But great as Price is, this is no one woman show. Jon Vickers was a great artist, and if his Rhademes rings with a mixture of Wagner’s Tannhauser and Tristan, the results are thrilling ——– this Rhademes was no wimp! The Amneris of Rita Gorr might just be the greatest of them all (all due respect to Simionato, Barbieri, Cossotto, Bumbry, etc.) —- her huge bronzed mezzo was held by many to have been the greatest of the post-war period —- and her work here goes a long way towards justifying that opinion. In the more intimate moments, her voice has a silken quality —- but when she explodes in Act IV, the voice takes on a godzilla-like power and fury. Her performance alone makes this recording worth owning. Robert Merrill had come a long way as an artist by the time he came to record the role of Amonasro, Aida’s father. Dramatically correct, and vocally outstanding, Merrill aptly demonstrates why he was the Met’s reigning baritone in the 1960’s. Choral work is exemplary, and the stereo sonics are spectacular. I can view this recording as “the” recording of “Aida”. However, I still wouldn’t let go of Milanov and Bjoerling on the mono RCA version. Nor would I give up Caballe and Domingo on EMI.Only one recording of “Aida”? Too difficult to choose. All three of these “Aida” recordings are outstanding.
- RCM: Okki Nokki
- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- System: Special Edition Denon DL 103
- Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
- Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
- Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising
If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
- DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
- Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
- Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5
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