HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Giacomo Puccini – Tosca (Price/Domingo/Milnes)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to our friend Bob for this beauty
There are so many good and very good “Toscas” out there, that you have only the embarrassement of choice. I used to own back in the 90s not less than 15 different releases on vinyl/CD/Video. Now only 6 and among them this one on CD, only and exclusively because of the most malefic Baron Scarpia you can imagine, even more terriffic than on a later Decca release, with Freni and Pavarotti. Sherrill Milnes is, after magnificent and legendary Tito Gobbi, the pure evil called Scarpia. Not at least, Leontyne Price (1st black opera singer, who became a superstar) and a young Placido Domingo are marvellous in their roles. Maestro Mehta shows here that he was born for conducting operas, forcing musicians and singers to give their best. Absolutely RECOMMENDED!!!!

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes
# Orchestra: New Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Vinyl (1974)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.23 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

A catastrophic drama, glorious music, magnificent conducting, and three huge operatic stars, add up to exalted experience. Comparing an orange to a peach, I would say that you have the Callas’ Tosca and you have Mehta’s Tosca; of the two Mehta’s conducting tips the balance for me. He has got to be considered a great opera conductor, and probably the best Puccini interpreter of the last 40 years. (Toscanini is another incredible conductor of Puccini.)
Milnes has a big, full-bodied, and rich sounding voice and his interpretation is cold and menacing-where a lack of introspective quality is ideal for the melodramatic Scarpia. And Domingo, that guy is simply our gift from the heavens. With a voice that is smoldering and expressive, lilting and passionate, he is perfect as the sensual, non-conformist artist Cavaradossi.
Hmmm…Callas vs. Price. Shall I risk ex-communication? Who could doubt that either of them doesn’t LIVE FOR ART AND LOVE! And I do think that Callas is probably the greatest opera singer of the recorded era, but…there is one small nuance of difference for how I feel about their interpretations. I always have this sense that in whatever Callas does there is something competitive, as if she uses her art to trounce her enemies and exalt her fans-and I do think that that is thrilling beyond belief! But with Price, I feel she really lives for and sings for the glory of art and her passionate love. Price’s Tosca gets under my skin; it hits the core of my soul.
To return to Mehta; he inspires from the orchestra fantastic sound, passionate responses, clarity of detailing, and this all weaves and flows to throbbing and thunderous climaxes (and here the soloists expand into the heavens)!

Analyzed folder: /96k Puccini – Tosca – Price, Domingo, Milnes, Mehta
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR14        -1.10 dB     -20.98 dB     sideA.aif
DR12        -1.38 dB     -19.15 dB     sideB.aif
DR12        -1.05 dB     -18.74 dB     sideC.aif
DR13        -0.50 dB     -20.33 dB     sideD.aif
Number of files:    4
Official DR value:    DR13

Ripping Info


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.
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  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
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  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
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15 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Giacomo Puccini – Tosca (Price/Domingo/Milnes)

    • I put this here so you can delete it easily:

      Alf, if I read the print on the Album box It appears that it is the New Philharmonia Orch of London, NOT the NY Philharmonic.

      Perhaps you still have the box to double check.

      • Ahhh….. the old synapsies in my old brain: for me the words NEW and MEHTA are always the same as New York Philarmonic and Mehta…. (They were a great team)
        Corrected now.

    • Ah…the “Sherrill/Merrill” issue strikes again – it doesn’t happen to me for the 1st time…. – two of the greatest baitones ever!

  1. Many thanks for yet another great Tosca. I still slightly prefer Price’s version with Karajan. But perhaps that’s because it’s the one I grew up with.

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