Many thanks to our Bob for this fantastic gift
Maybe I get sentimental, when I get older and older, but I always send a kiss to heaven and cannot thank enough, if I can hear again the voices of Sutherland, Pavarotti, Ghiaurov and the music of Bellini. The sicilian wonder Bellini died too early (aged 34), but he conditioned and impressed the opera scene like no one other. His handful of operas are among the most beautiful you can find in the operatics world: Norma, I Capuleti E I Montecchi, La Sonnambula, Beatrice Di Tenda, I Puritani.
# Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
# Performers: Piero Cappuccilli, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Anita Caminada, Gian Carlo Luccardi, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Richard Bonynge
# Vinyl (1973/75)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Label: London (Decca)
# ASIN: B0000041SB
# Size: 3.45 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF
Sutherland is magnificent here, she is more than a match for this music. So she isn’t Callas. She’s Sutherland, with an amazing technique combined with a achingly beautiful instrument and a real performing intelligence. Pavarotti became an international sensation with this role. No one has ever sung this role with more stunning results. The tessitura is brutal, but he makes it sound easy, with just enough effort to make it exciting.
This opera was written by Vincenzo Bellini for the greatest soprano and the greatest tenor of the day. This Decca recording happens to have the greatest soprano and tenor of the day for this repertoire…Dame Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti. After Bellini wrote I Puritani, the opera contained so much difficult music that some of it had to be cut, but for this recording with this stellar cast, nothing was cut! Joan Sutherland gains a whole aria and she and Pavarotti have a much extended love duet in the last act. What’s more the colassal number of high notes are all taken by these singers. Pavarotti even uses a voix mixte for the legendary high F above high C in the “Credeasa, Misera!” written for Rubini. Even more difficult than that high F perhaps are all of the high C’s, C#’s, and D’s which Pavarotti has to sing in. (In full voice) Sutherland has all that plus E flats and E’s with a combination of vocal pyrotechnics no other diva could imagine doing. This recording was made just at the right time for these two singers, Joan’s swooping, drooping period just ended, she made strides with her diction, and the voice had not yet begun to decline. Luciano’s voice was at its most vibrant and beautiful, before he started adding the heavier roles to his repertoire. (Aida, Turandot, Andrea Chenier…) So thank the Lord above for this maginificent opera recording that these two magnificent singers, as well as their supporting cast of greats and their conductor happened to all come together at the same time to produce. This very well may be the most technically superior amount of singing on record, and this may also very likely be the definitive I Puritani of all times.
Analyzed folder: /96kVB_Pur_SutPav/96k Bellini – I Puritani – Sutherland, Pavarotti
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DR14 -0.16 dB -18.20 dB sideB.wav
DR13 -0.27 dB -17.61 dB sideC.wav
DR14 -0.62 dB -20.07 dB sideD.wav
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Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR14
- Baritone Vocals – Piero Cappuccilli,
- Bass Vocals – Nicolai Ghiaurov
- Choir – Chor Des Königlichen Opernhauses Covent Garden, London*
- Chorus Master – Douglas Robinson
- Composed By – Vincenzo Bellini
- Conductor – Richard Bonynge
- Orchestra – London Symphony Orchestra*
- Tenor Vocals – Luciano Pavarotti
- Vocals – Anita Caminada, Gian Carlo Luccardi*, Joan Sutherland
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- Cartridge: Ortofon MC 30 Supreme (loaned)
- Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
- Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
- Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
- Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Light de-Clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising
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.
- 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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