HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Vincenzo Bellini – Norma (Caballè, Domingo, Raimondi, Cossotto)

Many thanks to our friend Bob for this rare gem
This recording is truly faithful to Bellini’s written score, as no music is cut or greatly embellished. You wouldn’t really notice, however, as singers, conductor, and orchestra alike make this opera come alive with fire and beauty. Caballe was a justly celebrated Norma, with the vocal size and flexiblity demanded by this most challenging role. You can feel the emotions she must have felt and radiated on the stage listening to her. This is a great performance by a great artist.

Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Montserrat Caballè, Placido Domingo, Ruggiero Raimondi, Fiorenza Cossotto
Orchestra: London Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Carlo Felice Cillario
Vinyl (1973)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: 14
Size: 3.11 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

Cossotto was known not just for her Verdian roles, she also wowed audiences with her portrayal of Aldagisa; her voice is a great match to the soprano’s, particularly in vocal color (her high Cs sound as if they were intended by the composer, which, after all, they were). A young Domingo brings a heroic nobility to the role of Pollione, and I agree with others, that his high C is rare (and Pollione has only one), but it is sung wonderfully here, as is Domingo’s whole performance, true to his legend. Raimondi’s deep bass voice carries off the role rather high tessitura role of Oroveso with ease, never lacking in drama. Even the brief vocal appearences from Flavio and Clothilde fit well into the fabric of the whole. Bellini’s orchestral writing may not have been all that impressive to some, but the orchestra, conducted by Maestro Cillario, conveyes drive and emotion, particularly during the overture; you know this is an age of opera long past, yet it seems fresh, new, and invigorating. This is a wholly enjoyable recording of a masterpiece of bel canto, and I recommend it highly. Each participant does their part to make this recording a triumph.

Analyzed folder: 96k Bellini – Norma – Caballe, Domingo
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR14        -0.71 dB     -20.37 dB     sideA.aif
DR14        -0.28 dB     -20.27 dB     sideB.aif
DR13        -0.63 dB     -19.20 dB     sideC.aif
DR15        -0.37 dB     -20.99 dB     sideD.aif
DR14        -0.38 dB     -20.12 dB     sideE.aif
DR14        -0.92 dB     -20.81 dB     sideF.aif
Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR14



  • Choir – The Ambrosian Opera Chorus
  • Chorus Master – John McCarthy
  • Composed By – Vincenzo Bellini
  • Conductor – Carlo Felice Cillario
  • Orchestra – London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Vocals, Voice Actor – Elizabeth Bainbridge, Fiorenza Cossotto, Kenneth Collins, Montserrat Caballé, Placido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi


Ripping Info


  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Super 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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