Many 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
Number of Discs: 2
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.23 GB
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
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