Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/96 & 16/44.1 (Decca) Francesco Cilea – Adriana Lecouvreur (Tebaldi/Del Monaco)

finally I got it again on vinyl….
One must hear at her “Poveri fiori” as well as her duets (especially the final one) with del Monaco to understand that Tebaldi “owned” the role.

# Composer: Francesco Cilea
# Performer: Renata Tebaldi, Mario Del Monaco, Giulietta Siminionato
# Orchestra: Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia
# Conductor:
Franco Capuana
# Vinyls (1961)
# Number of discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13/14
# ASIN CD: B00000E4LB
# Size: 2.59 GB & 598 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

The 16/44.1 version is not from this boxset, but from the same recordings that I once had on the label London (= Decca) and that I ripped for my personal pleasure years ago, before I sold the set


Not very often does one run into an opera recording that takes your breath away and moves your heart like this one did to me. Renata Tebaldi gives Adriana a character of noble strength yet full of compassion which makes her performance most memorable. The same holds true of Mario del Monaco’s performance of Maurizio. To me the high points were Maurizio’s aria, “La dolcissima effigie sorridente”, the ravishing love duet, which the previous aria leads into in the first act and Adriana’s aria, “Poveri fiori”, in the 4th act. There are many more high points and Cilea’s hauntingly beautiful melodies throughout. Another important note about this recording is the quality of the recording itself. It is one of the best I have ever heard of an opera. This is remarkable since it was done in 1961. What adds to the quality of the recording is that there has been no effort in electronically reducing the tape hiss via the “Cello” system of the “ART” system which has become all the vogue in recent years. This means the full frequency and naturalness of the original recording is intact. The tape hiss is only slightly audible and does not deter from the listening experience whatsoever. Also, the recording has a wonderful ambiance with excellent reverberation. The strings are most sumptuous and detailed. In contrast to this recording is another Decca recording which is a digital one done in 1988 with Sutherland and Bergonzi. Both Sutherland and Bergonzi are past there prime, particularly Bergonzi who, I’m sorry to say, is painful to listen to. The recording is not at all as good as the Tebaldi/del Monaco recording. I recommend you get this Tebaldi/del Monaco recording before they discontinue it.

 Analyzed folder: /96k Cilea – Adriana di Lecouveur – Tebaldi, Del Monaco
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR13        -0.39 dB     -19.01 dB     Side A.wav
 DR14        -0.24 dB     -19.11 dB     Side B.wav
 DR13        -0.28 dB     -18.73 dB     Side C.wav
 DR13        -0.13 dB     -18.52 dB     Side D.wav
 DR14        -0.38 dB     -20.20 dB     Side E.wav
 DR13        -0.27 dB     -19.58 dB     Side F.wav
 Number of files:    6
 Official DR value:    DR13

Analyzed folder: /44k Cilea – Adriana di Lecouveur – Tebaldi, Del Monaco
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -0.54 dB     -18.94 dB     A side1.wav
DR14        -0.40 dB     -19.59 dB     B side2.wav
DR13        -0.21 dB     -18.60 dB     C side3.wav
DR14        -0.59 dB     -19.96 dB     D side4.wav
DR14        -0.41 dB     -19.87 dB     E side5.wav
DR14        -0.89 dB     -20.00 dB     F side6.wav
Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR14


  • Composer – Francesco Cilea
  • Baritone Vocals [Michonnet] – Giulio Fioravanti
  • Chorus – Chorus Of The Academia Di Santa Cecilia, Rome*
  • Libretto By – Colautti*
  • Mezzo-soprano Vocals [La Princesse De Bouillon] – Giulietta Simionato
  • Mezzo-soprano Vocals [Le Prince De Bouillon] – Silvio Maionica
  • Orchestra – Orchestra Of The Academia Di Santa Cecilia, Rome*
  • Conductor – Franco Capuana
  • Soprano Vocals [Adriana Lecouvreur] – Renata Tebaldi
  • Tenor Vocals [L’ Abbe De Chazeuil] – Franco Ricciardi
  • Tenor Vocals [Maurizio] – Mario Del Monaco
  • Vocals – Angelo Mercuriali, Dora Carral, Fernanda Cadoni, Giovanni Foiani


Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird (RB: Limited Edition Denon DL103 SA)
  • Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS (RB: Pro-Ject Phono Box II)
  • ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC (RB: iMac computer, internal sound card)
  • 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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22 thoughts on “Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/96 & 16/44.1 (Decca) Francesco Cilea – Adriana Lecouvreur (Tebaldi/Del Monaco)

  1. Signor Rach,
    Mille grazie! Love this opera, and Tebaldi’s Adriana, although she is a bit past it as well here. Hear what she did with her arias on her 1956 Decca recital. Pure magic, le lacrime nella voce in the most delicate and heartbreaking Poveri fiori around! But I agree with you, particularly the last duet has sublime moments (No, la mia fronte). Knowing what you can do with hi def I’m sorry too that you no longer have the records 😉 – I have a good quality London LP of highlights – would you like that? Micke

    • hola Micke, I just found and purchased a good copy on original english Decca…Oh, don’t ask for the price…every price for Renata is it worth to spend. I think, next week I can offer a geninuine HD-rip.

      • Sounds fab! and I’m sure it actually will, too! Never heard Tebaldi live, but she has been a fix star since I was a boy – and that was a while ago… Still think the fifties were her great glory, but the voice seemed to condense after her comeback and the middle was rich as clotted cream, with that amazingly pure timbre. So, if I can give a contribution to a hi def Adriana, I’ll be happy to do so, just tell me how.

        • Thank you Micke….you see at the end of my posts, there is a donation button. Click there and….it’s easy to follow. Donate what you want (and can)
          Gracias, amigo 😉

  2. thanks a lot!
    i remember well Kruszelnicka singing Poveri fiori (on a library Fonotipia 78) and Olivero in the same role.

    Tebaldi is flawless in this role, but not unrivaled.

  3. Dear Rach,
    what happened to your DECCA Adriana? Problems? Know you have been very busy and am grateful indeed for offerings such as the Kempff Beethoven. Still…?

  4. Dear Rach
    me too, like micke, tell you ‘what happened to your Beethoven Sonatas (Arrau)’?
    However thank you for this magnificent edition of Adriana.
    (Altra grande interprete di Adriana è stata Magda Olivero, mia vicina di casa, che ha ora ha la bellezza di 103 anni.)

    • You lucky boy, that Magda is your neighboor…I love her since I heard the 1st time Giordano’s Fedora (posted here)

      I know, I’m late for the LvB-Sonatas by Arrau…made some weeks ago 1 LP. I will force it now and I hope to come out next week 😉

  5. I’m with you!
    This is one of my favorite Tebaldi/MDM sets. And the accompanying notes about MDM are neat!

    Interestingly, the man with whom I studied voice in the 1950’s, went to Rome, Italy, much later (I spoke with him in the 70’s), and some way he met and spoke with MDM when he was having vocal troubles and had begun his very nasal vocal production (very bad on his Mantovani collaboration). My vocal teacher, Bruce was also a vocal therapist for nodules on the vocal folds at the Univ. of Oregon Medical School in Portland, as well as an operatic tenor. That’s the nearest I ever got to MDM; by proxy through my friend.
    Bruce knew I loved MDM’s albums on Decca from the early 50’s.
    So much for the trivia.
    Oh, one more thing.
    I really enjoyed Michelangelo Benedetti on Debussy. I know I’m probably heretic for not getting excited about Debussy; but I do about Benedetti!
    Thanks, maestro.

  6. Thanks, Rach,
    it sounds beautiful, just the way I’ve always heard it in my mind but never from the CDs. Can’t help laughing though – the DECCA cover pic is so unbecoming, trust the yanks to come up with a better image. Not the first time! And thanks too for all the other goodies you keep throwing at us – the Michelangeli Debussy looks a treat!
    Btw, have you heard any of Universal’s new BD? Just got the Karajan Mahler 5 – gorgeous! Much better than a Jap SACD Solti same. Sorry can’t upload that here…

  7. sometimes I wonder
    wether would I exist or not
    not given Tebaldi Del Monaco somewhere in recoding history

    but they were ideed
    I can listen to them
    therefore I exist

    thank you for increasing my experience of
    elan vital

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