Many thanks for this beauty to our friend Jean-Luc
I guess some people hear what they want to hear. Say “Fischer-Dieskau as Rigoletto” and the initial reaction might be “huh?” But – oh man – listen to what the man does. Verdi wrote for high baritone, and Fischer-Dieskau’s tenorish quality fits the music perfectly. His tender moments, and there are quite a few in this opera, are meltingly sweet and heart breaking. And don’t tell me he doesn’t have enough power and bite for “Cortigiani, Vil Razza Dannata”!
# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Renata Scotto, Carlo Bergonzi, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Fiorenza Cossotto, Ivo Vinco
# Orchestra: Orchestra of The Scala, Milan
# Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# Size: 2.55 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Kubelik’s 1964 Rigoletto has managed to become and remain a classic choice for this opera; it is a generally superb performance, even though the cast may look a little surprising to opera fans at first. A young Renata Scotto is superb – dizzying, even – as Gilda, who sings with a wonderful, full-blooded voice and an amazing coloratura. Her dynamic control and phrasing is impeccable and the high register a sheer wonder (“Caro nome” is breathtaking, but only one example among many). One can perhaps sense that Kubelik adapted his approach (tempi and dynamics) partially to suit Scotto’s singing, but he can really not be blamed for that.
In the title role Fischer-Dieskau does an impressive job as well. That his characterization is marvelous is hardly surprising, and his darkly soft voice comes to its full especially in his interactions with Scotto. Bergonzi is splendid as well as the Duke of Mantua, full of character as well and of course a wonderful sound – another one of many reasons to acquire this set.
The smaller roles are generally excellent (Vinco is a good Sparafucile, Cossotto a magnificent Maddalena), and the choral and orchestral forces provide colorful, dramatic performances. Kubelik generally keeps the reins tight, except in some of Scotto’s numbers, and directs a momentous, spirited and generally excellent performance – it is particularly noteworthy, I think, for its nuanced – often almost shimmering – orchestral textures. The sound is first-rate for the age. Strongly recommended.
Analyzed folder: /96k Verdi – Rigoletto – Scotto, Bergonzi, Kubelik
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR15 -0.94 dB -22.20 dB sideA.wav
DR15 -0.92 dB -21.61 dB sideB.wav
DR16 -0.53 dB -22.29 dB sideC.wav
DR15 -0.44 dB -21.01 dB sideD.wav
DR14 -0.41 dB -19.65 dB sideE.wav
DR15 -1.02 dB -21.74 dB sideF.wav
Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR15
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- TT: Vintage (1982) Yamaha PX-3
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
Cartridge: Audio Technica AT 33 E MC
- Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Vintage (1979) Luxman L-55A
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
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.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.
- Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Very light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
- 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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