Amazing HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Luciano Pavarotti – In Concert, Bologna 1974

Surely, the angels are jealous.
This is THE BEST from the Great One. I defy anyone, after listening to this, to dispute the fact that this man’s voice was the most majestic ever to grace the planet. He was the Mount Everest … the pinnacle of tenors. If anyone ever deserved the title “Maestro” it was him.

Ripped with the new phono stage Pro-Ject Phono Box RS

# Composer: Alessandro Scarlatti, Francesco Paolo Tosti, Georg Friedrich Händel, Gioacchino Rossini, Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Ottorino Respighi, Vincenzo Bellini
# Performer: Luciano Pavarotti
# Orchestra: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
#Conductor: Richard Bonynge
# Vinyl (1974)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Novalis
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN: B000001MPD
# Size: 897 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Having already made several recordings of opera arias, complete operas and sacred music, Pavarotti made this album in 1973. It was his first album of songs. He recorded several subsequent song albums over the years and while most of those later albums have some great moments, this is the finest song recital Pavarotti ever recorded.

If I would be forced to take with me, to the “famous” island, only one record of Pavarotti, I would take this one. In the 70s Big P. had without a doubt his best time. He had the youth, he had the most magnificent voice of its time, he had a pure and beautiful belcanto, with a “tecnica di legato” without equals.

I am surprised to find, at this time of writing, that there are no other reviews of this wondrous disc – the most beautiful recital of its kind that I know. I have only to hear the first few notes of the opening Bononcini aria and I am transported back thirty-five years to when I first heard that inimitable voice – here at its most elegant, classical and restrained. The pianissimi – and there are many – are simply breath-taking, especially those in the first two songs. Pavarotti’s breath control is a thing of wonder and, as ever, his intonation and legato are flawless. In 1973, Pavarotti was in his long prime and here chose an intimate, smaller-scale programme that is by no means short on variety or excitement. There are too many lovely things to list them all, but here’s one to sample: the long A at the end of the Händel aria, meltingly sustained, first swelled then fined back to a thread of voice – magic! Bonynge’s accompaniment has little to do with modern ideas on original instruments and is unashamedly lush and romantic – but by no means tasteless or gross; he matches Pavarotti in the delicacy of the sound he elicits from the Orchestra del Teatro Communale do Bologna. Pavarotti is in his most plangent and sensitive voice; his interpretations so moving in their restraint. DL it; it’s a souvenir of a great singer at his best – and a million miles removed from the showmanship of his later years.

Track Listing

A1   Per La Gloria D’adorarvi 4:25  
A2   Care Selve 3:25  
A3   Gia Il Sole Dal Gange 2:05  
A4   Ma Rendi Pur Contento 2:30  
A5   Dolente Immagine Di Fille Mia 3:30  
A6   Malinconia, Ninfa Gentile 1:45  
A7   Bella Nice Che D’amore 2:45  
A8   Vanne, Or Rosa Fortunata 2:30  
B1   La Serenata 3:20  
B2   Luna D’estate 2:10  
B3   Malia 2:50  
B4   Non T’amo Piu 5:25  
B5   Nevicata 2:20  
B6   Pioggia 2:20  
B7   Nebbie 3:05  
B8   La Danza 3:10  

Analyzed folder: /96kPaCoBo/96k(PJ-RS) Pavarotti In Concert 1974
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR14        -1.99 dB     -21.12 dB     A1 Per La Gloria D’adorarvi.wav
DR11        -4.08 dB     -21.47 dB     A2 Care Selve.wav
DR12        -2.70 dB     -17.80 dB     A3 Gia Il Sole Dal Gange.wav
DR13        -2.66 dB     -21.27 dB     A4 Ma Rendi Pur Contento.wav
DR15        -4.22 dB     -24.90 dB     A5 Dolente Immagine Di Fille Mia.wav
DR13        -2.42 dB     -20.54 dB     A6 Malinconia, Ninfa Gentile.wav
DR13        -2.01 dB     -20.35 dB     A7 Bella Nice Che D’amore.wav
DR13        -3.25 dB     -20.40 dB     A8 Vanne, Or Rosa Fortunata.wav
DR13        -2.53 dB     -19.50 dB     B1 La Serenata.wav
DR12        -1.73 dB     -18.49 dB     B2 Luna D’estate.wav
DR13        -2.72 dB     -19.53 dB     B3 Malia.wav
DR13        -3.33 dB     -21.33 dB     B4 Non T’amo Piu.wav
DR11        -2.52 dB     -19.85 dB     B5 Nevicata.wav
DR13        -3.60 dB     -20.88 dB     B6 Pioggia.wav
DR12        -2.54 dB     -19.71 dB     B7 Nebbie.wav
DR14        -0.97 dB     -18.51 dB     B8 La Danza.wav
Number of files:    16
Official DR value:    DR13

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Limited Edition Denon DL 103 SA
  • NEW ! Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • 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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26 thoughts on “Amazing HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Luciano Pavarotti – In Concert, Bologna 1974

  1. I cannot to wait to try this new ripe with new phono stage, thanks for the 24x96k format, my player can only support up to this format.

  2. Perhaps I stick my neck out too far.
    I love Pavarotti’s voice; however he is not the only tenor with fantastic squillo.
    If upu have EMI’s album, Franco Corelli, CDM 7692362.
    Listen to “Spirito gentil” from Favorita;
    to “A te o cara” from Putitani, and especially to “Bianca al par” from Gli Ugonotti. His top notes are as crystal clear as you’ll ever hear!

    Okay, I said it.
    And I still love Pavarotti: no criticism of him at all!


  3. If upu have EMI’s album, Franco Corelli, CDM 7692362.

    It should be “If you” have EMI’s . . .

    Sorry., my computer should know better!


  4. Could you tell I had written before listening to the new technology of yours; WOW! Incredible is an overused term in USA, but here it is appropriate x’s 100.

    Love it, Rach. I’ve never heard anything so clear in every detail.
    I’m humbled.
    Thank you, sir.

  5. Oh awesome. Thanks Rach!! Great share.
    And thanks for using Filefactory, that works great with my one-year promo subscription 😛

  6. Thank you Mr Rachmaninov for this marvelous recording. Pavarotti is catching all your senses from the beginning up to the end of the concert. Should listen to it again this evening, with a glass of fine wine…

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