HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Arrigo Boito – Mefistofele (Tebaldi/Del Monaco/Siepi)

My friends, stop looking for Boito’s gem…This is the best MEPHISTO on earth, not because of Tebaldi/Del Monaco/Decca…but because of the magnificent bass Cesare Siepi.
Reposted, now with FF links

# Composer: Arrigo Boito
# Performer: Cesare Siepi, Renata Tebaldi, Mario Del Monaco
# Orchestra:  Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome

# Conductor: Tullio Serafin
# Vinyls (1958)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B00000421J

# Size: 2.51 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Although there has not been many recordings of this opera, the first complete recording from Decca is still the best. Tullio Serafin with the Saint Cecilia Academy Orchestra & Chorus and Tebaldi, del Monaco, and Siepi bring the correct weight and sentiment to this great opera based on Goethe’s Faust.

Siepi is a demi-god, or should I say “devil”? As for Tebaldi, del Monacao and every other glorious voice, all sublime. The music, passion, intensity of this well-recorded version is so elevating, that finding fault with Boito’s libretto seems facile and unnecessary.

As far as I’m concerned, Boito deserves far more attention for his capacity as composer: if people read amymore, they’d know that the story of Faust has influenced scores of poets, musicians, philosphers, etc. and is archetypal, even more today.

I have never seen this opera performed, but simply hearing it makes me wonder why it’s not really considered an opera of the first rank. It’s quite a dramatic story but the music never stoops to melodrama, it’s quite compelling and the high points convey a real sense of terror – positively spine tingling. It is certainly of my favorite opera recordings. Perhaps I like it so much because it’s not been overly popular and played over and over. But still. Del Monaco and Siepi are both magnificent in the male leads.

The other amazing thing is that this recording was made in 1958. It is stereo. The sound quality is absolutely stunning, period.

I have heard other recordings but this one has yet to be surpassed, fifty years on and counting. The recording wizards at Decca certainly knew what they were doing, which isn’t surprising considering that company’s groundbreaking work on Solti’s recordings of the Ring cycle of the same period. Highly recommended.

Analyzed folder: /Volumes/HDMUSIC/ Work on HiResMusic/96kBoi_Mef_TeMDM/96k Boito – Mefistofele – Tebaldi – Del Monaco
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -0.77 dB     -19.35 dB     Side1.wav
DR13        -1.84 dB     -20.52 dB     Side2.wav
DR13        -0.08 dB     -18.05 dB     Side3.wav
DR12        -0.03 dB     -17.66 dB     Side4.wav
DR13        -0.15 dB     -19.82 dB     Side5.wav
DR12        -0.05 dB     -18.00 dB     Side6.wav
Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR13

Ripping Infos

  • 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)
  • 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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23 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Arrigo Boito – Mefistofele (Tebaldi/Del Monaco/Siepi)

  1. Hi Rachmaninoff,
    I know that you and whatever have enough to say grace over right now, but I need to rely on your expertise for this Hi Def Mefistofele.
    The RAR Extractor twice opened a window saying it need link 16.
    Since you had only 15 links which seemed to download perfectly, I have no clue what RAR intends.
    Can you advise me? I’ve been able to open only 4 sides, but the box picture seems to indicate there should be 6 sides. SXL- . . .4-5-6. Can you help me?


  2. Hi Bob….is all correct: i scheduled this post making a mistake with the publishing time. Upload isn’t yet complete, this is the reason. But if you read under the link, there i wrote: Total 31 rar-archives 😉

  3. Hi Rachmaninov! Thanks a lot for all your posts. But do you feel that HF is a good ideea after the ‘digital Fukushima’ just happened to Whatever? FS maybe? Thanks. Jules

    • I’m thinking for weeks about making mirrors on FS and i think, this is the right moment to do it…..but i need 2-3 weeks more time.

      Of course, what happened now to Whatever and HF can happen with every host on net. Thanks god i have all my files on my computer.

  4. Hi Rachmaninov! When I read or say Rachmaninov I hear ‘the bells’… I have/had premiums on RS, HF, FileSonic and FileServe. When talking about download fiability, HF scored maximum 5 or 6 as premium, scores 6-7 as free; RS scores (still) 10 as premium and 8 as free (but less and less serious items uploaded there unfortunately); FileServe scored 7-8 as premium and about 5-6 as free; FileSonic scores 9 as premium and 7-8 as free. For the moment, maybe FileSonic is the best alternative to RS. In the end, depends on the votes of your ‘old fans’… And of course, we expect for the worst (regarding the future all this hosts) but we hope for the best… Thanks for all. No such opera site like yours on the net! And very good regarding the rest of classical posts also… Kind regards and thanks for your time!!!!

  5. Ah, Rachmaninov, you are such a patient guy; and I’m such a bozo.

    I didn’t even see the 31 links until you called attention to it.
    Thanks for the Decca Boito with Siepi. Your HD is really pleasurable. Thanks a million.


  6. Many thanks for making accessible this very interesting opera. I had heard it once on radio and did not know how to find it. It is really not much known. Best wishes.

  7. Rach,
    I hate to write so many times. Somehow I lost where I stored the first download of Mefistofele,
    So I just took it down again. Thanks for being a Yoeman.

    from Georgia USA

  8. Dear Rachmaninov,

    Sorry about the swearing, but OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is absolutely UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!

    Without a second thought, this is, in my opinion, the best recording of Mefistofele, which is one of my favorite operas of all time (if not my favorite).

    I have had the immense privilege to see this wondrous work performed live, and I could’t agree more with you: it is an absolute MASTERPIECE. And whoever doesn’t consider it a first-rank opera either 1) just doesn’t know it, or 2) is plainly deaf, or too caught up in technicalities that interest no-one other than ignorant pseudo-connoisseurs who think they know it all.

    As you said, why Mefistofele remains so unknown a work is an absolute mystery to me. But hey, maybe it is for the best: let us ‘let it be’ unknown, so as for it not to get over-played and spoiled in the long run 🙂

    Regarding this version: The quality of sound, the tempi (Serafin, go figure, the man really knew his trade)… And last (but not least), the interpreters (specially del Monaco and, above all, Siepi (!!!!!!!)) OMG, truly no words…

    Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, for this treasure. Words cannot express my gratitude!!!

    All the best!


  9. Another gem, Rachmaninov!! Thanks for taking time with all the cover and label work, and for using FLAC rather than more space-consuming incarnations.
    Agree this is a truly special recording – Margarita suited Tebaldi to a T and she fills her lines with golden sound of great beauty but also superb phrasing and conviction. Siepi is a dare-devil and his Satan has a great sense of humour. And the sound – DECCA should look deeper into their vaults, for all the riches that their digitalisation misses. Again, Signor Rachmaninov, you are a true wizard – many thanks!

  10. славно и ужасно. Decca периода расцвета – это неизменно превосходный звук, а уж в плане выбора исполнителей и рабботы в студии – выше всяческих похвал.

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