1000 thanks to our friend Bob for this precious gift
For me this Mimí of 1964 is better than the Decca-Mimí of 1973, with Pavarotti…and she is terrific fantastic in that release. All singers here could have been “only” decent, the orchestra too and the maestro too…I would have bought it anyway, 1000 times again and again, alone for beautiful Mirella and her fresh, angelic voice. People, get it, you never find a better Mirella Freni.
# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Mirella Freni, Nicolai Gedda, Mariella Adani, Mario Sereni
# Orchestra: Orchestra of the Teatro Dell’Opera di Roma
# Conductor: Thomas Schippers
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Angel (EMI)
# DR-Analysis: DR 11
# Size: 2.19 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
The cast is excellent. Mirela Freni is one of the finest Mimis of all time. The role suits her voice to perfection and she has made it very much her own. She is not very different here than she is for Karajan nine years later. This is as it should be. You can’t improve perfection. Nicolai Gedda is in excellent voice and he presents, perhaps not the most ardent, but certainly one of the most lyrical Rodolfos on record. The tone is beautiful, the phrasing and the diction are impeccable. Mario Sereni, in sumptuous voice and astutely inflecting the text, is no less perfect as Marcello. Except for the slight screaming in the most difficult leaps, there is nothing to complain of in Mariella Adani’s Musetta.
Thomas Schippers conducts a brisk but sensitive rendition of the score. He benefits from excellent sound engineering. EMI are not, and never were, DECCA, but for a 1963 recording this one has an excellent dynamic range and – particularly important in this opera – great clarity of the orchestral detail. I really don’t understand the complete neglect of this set. I think it is right up there with the best (Toscanini, Beecham, Serafin, Karajan).
Analyzed folder: /96k Puccini – La Boheme – Freni, Gedda, Schippers
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR11 -1.22 dB -16.85 dB sideA.wav
DR11 -0.91 dB -16.18 dB sideB.wav
DR11 -0.89 dB -16.85 dB sideC.wav
DR12 -1.25 dB -18.15 dB sideD.wav
Number of files: 4
Official DR value: DR11
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- Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- Pre Amp: Vintage (1979) Luxman L-55A
- Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
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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.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.
- Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Very 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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