Reposted, now with FF links
# Composer: Gioacchino Rossini
# Performer: Sherrill Milnes, Luciano Pavarotti, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Mirella Freni
# Orchestra: National Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
# Vinyl (1980)
# Number of Discs: 4
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Decca
# ASIN: B0000041Q3
# Size: 4.28 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
This is definitely THE recording to own if one wants to hear what REAL vocal pyro-techniques are all about.
You wouldn’t think that Milnes would be a great Tell. The part is low and the singer is happiest on high. Yet Milnes is outstanding in this bass-baritone role. He has everything, a brilliant voice with superlative musicianship and emotional commitment. This recording will be his testament after his Verdi and Puccini roles have been eclipsed.
Milnes is better than Bacquier who should have a better tessitura fit. In the theater you might like Zancanaro’s voice better than Milnes’ but on their respective records Milnes is clearly better. Milnes is even better than Giuseppi Teddei who is quite wonderful on the old Cetra recording.
Pavarotti is at his peak. The part of Arnold is sometimes considered a killer part. Pavarotti makes it sound easy. No one else has the squillo and the beauty of tone in this part. Merritt is famous in this part and unlike Pavarotti actually does it in the theater but his real fach is in the Nozzari roles where he can show off his low notes. He simply is no match for Pavarotti in this part. Gedda has also recorded this role and of course he also sang it in the theater. Gedda’s voice is somewhat higher than Pavarotti’s but its a size smaller. Arnold is a heroic part unlike almost all the other Rossini tenor parts. Its more like Manrico. The classic Arnold was Esclais. More recently Fillipeschi was a famous Arnold. Pavarotti isn’t a real heroic tenor but he is much smoother and more musical than either of those two estimable gentlemen.
Freni is very fine – rather better than Studer who is also quite good. The best Mathilde I’ve ever heard was VanNess – but she hasn’t recorded it.
The sound of this set is spectacular and it isn’t conducted by Muti – another plus.
The famous basses however don’t make much impression. Ghuarov is perhaps all round finest bass of the century but here he sounds ordinary. Tomlinson has maybe the biggest bass voice I’ve ever heard but the recording studio robs him of that distnction and reveals an ordinary timbre. Tozzi and Corena on Cetra shows that it it is possible for a bass to be memorable in this show.
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Number of files: 8
Official DR value: DR15
Vinyl condition: EX++
Comes from: Property of AC/Rachmaninov
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- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
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- Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
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- Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5 -> Wave 32 bit/96 kHz
- Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising
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I better let some light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
- DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
- Converting Wave 32bit/96kHz -> Flac 24bit/96kHz: Twisted Wave
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