Reposted, now with FF links
I can only say… WOWOWOWOW !!!!!!!!!
Don’t remember anymore, if it is from a German Decca box or English Decca box or US London box. Through the years I had them all. Actually I have the London box, where the pictures are from. The rip is suspected to be from the German box.
# Composer: Richard Strauss
# Performer: Birgit Nilsson, Eberhard Wächter, Gerhard Stolze, Grace Hoffmann, Waldemar Kmentt
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
# Vinyl (1962)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: DECCA/London
# DR-Analysis: DR14
# ASIN: B000E6EH04
# Size: 1.95 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
I remembered this recording over all those intervening years and knew I must return to it someday if only to see if it really is as magnificent as I remembered. It is! More so.
Nilsson was an amazing Salome, on record anyway. The huge, titanium voice easily over-riding the Vienna Philharmonic at full roar under Solti’s demonic direction. Alternatively she could sing on a single silvery thread of voice, like a moonbeam slipping through a chink in the window blinds, absolutely beautiful. And she acted with this splendid instrument of hers as well as anyone else I can think of. Definitely in the Maria Callas league as far as dramatic singing abilities are concerned, viscerally conveying seemingly endless nuances in the music and text.
As good as other Salomes are and no doubt will be for decades to come, I can’t imagine any one of them topping this miraculous performance. This is all pretty hyperbolic language for me but I have nothing but ecstatic admiration for the accomplishments of this team. And I don’t care what the critics of John Culshaw may say, they just don’t make brilliantly engineered recordings like this anymore. The puritans have put the kibash on this sort of theatricality resulting from what they like to call knob-twiddling. Well, twiddle away if this is the result!
If you want only one Salome in your library this is without question the one. Just listen to Eberhard Wächter’s heroic, ringing tones as John the Baptist, then move along to Salome’s big scene when Jokanaan’s head is presented to her on a silver platter. The stage picture springs to life and the imagination soars as Nilsson moves through this psychologically rugged territory and emerges triumphant in her madness at the end.
Solti proves once again that he was capable of fining down from a roar to a tinkling magical whisper the myriad of details in this score. In my opinion this is Strauss’s greatest masterpiece, which is saying something. Salome changed the musical landscape for ever when it appeared in the early years of the 20th century.
The cast is unsurpassed. Gerhard Stolze’s Herod and Grace Hoffman’s Herodias are palpably vile and decadent people. Waldemar Kmentt’s beautiful tenor perfectly conveys the love-sick young soldier, Narraboth.
Don’t hesitate to get this release while it lasts.
Analyzed folder: /96kStr_Sal_Sol/96k Strauss – Salome – Solti
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR15 -0.57 dB -20.73 dB SideA.wav
DR13 -1.02 dB -19.08 dB SideB.wav
DR14 -0.44 dB -19.90 dB SideC.wav
DR13 -1.07 dB -19.01 dB SideD.wav
Number of files: 4
Official DR value: DR14
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- Cartridge: Limited Edition Denon DL103 SA
- Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
- 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 iZotope, 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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