Reposted, now with FF links
2 LPs from the desirable “Soria” serie of RCA Living Stereo.
This production was made 1962 by Decca for RCA.
You never believe this…got for 50 Cents from the flea market – vinyl in worst conditions, i did my very best
# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Giuseppe Taddei
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyls (1962)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: B000E6EGZ0
# Size: 2.11 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Leontyne Price, America’s great prima donna is my favorite Tosca, hands down over the Callas 1953 Tosca. Although poor Di Stefano is much better in the Callas Tosca. But Tosca is about Tosca. And I say Price has no equals.
It’s the voice and drama that makes a great Tosca. Price has both, Callas has only the drama. Listen to Price’s “Vissi D’arte” sung as a prayer with Von Karajan’s mighty conducting backing it up. Now how can you compare to that? She soars over the huge orchestra with her fluttering high notes so secure and effortless
while Callas has a pushed kind of tone when she reaches for her top notes. Don’t get me wrong, I love Callas. It’s just that I think she’s starting to get overrated as Tosca just as Price is underrated.
The entire second act will have you glue to your seat. Price does what seems the impossible. She sings a beautiful AND ugly Tosca. She is glorious when she needs to be as in “Vissi D’arte” and in her poignant moments with Cavaradossi, and montrous as she should be when she stabs Scarpia repeatedly. Now that’s the way Tosca should be sung – as a woman in love – and what she’s capable of doing for that love; Not as a raving maniac as Callas portrays her.
I think Price epitomizes Tosca. Her voice is perfect for Puccini and Verdi.
Analyzed folder: /96k Puccini – Tosca – Price, Di Stefano, Taddei – Karajan
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -0.03 dB -18.22 dB SideA.wav
DR12 -0.01 dB -17.77 dB SideB.wav
DR12 -0.13 dB -18.15 dB SideC.wav
DR12 -0.17 dB -17.87 dB SideD.wav
Number of files: 4
Official DR value: DR12
- Baritone Vocals, Performer [Baron Scarpia] – Giuseppe Taddei
- Bass Vocals, Performer [Cesare Angelotti] – Carlo Cava
- Bass Vocals, Performer [Kerkermeister] – Alfredo Mariotti
- Bass Vocals, Performer [Mesner] – Fernando Corena
- Bass Vocals, Performer [Sciarrone] – Leonardo Monreale
- Chorus – Wiener Staatsopern-Chor*
- Chorus Master – Roberto Benaglio
- Composed By – Giacomo Puccini
- Conductor – Herbert Von Karajan
- Libretto By – Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica
- Orchestra – Wiener Philharmoniker
- Soprano Vocals, Performer [Floria Tosca] – Leontyne Price
- Soprano Vocals, Performer [Hirtenknabe] – Herbert Weiss
- Tenor Vocals, Performer [Mario Cavaradossi] – Giuseppe Di Stefano
- Tenor Vocals, Performer [Spoletta] – Piero Di Palma*
TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II + Special Edition Denon DL 103 –> Clearaudio Smartphono
TT: Pro-Ject RPM 6 SB + Sumiko Evolution III –> Pro-Ject Phono Box II
Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
Rec Software: Twisted Wave 1.9 – Adobe Audition CS 5.5 —> Wave 24/96
Light De-Clicking (if needed) on Audition, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising
Convert —> Flac 24/96: Twisted Wave
Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Photoshop CS 5.5
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