HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Giuseppe Verdi – Otello (Vickers/Freni)

You can get this Otello in the EMI studio version being reviewed here or as a live performance on Opera d’Oro, both almost identical in every detail musically. Vickers was, after Del Monaco’s retirement, the supreme Otello of his generation, with a huge, magnificent voice and heartbreaking pathos–he doesn’t bluster or fake it emotionally for even a bar. His death scene is one of the great things in the Verdi canon on disc. Freni is equally wonderful, exemplary in eveyr way musically and a prime example of how to act through the voice. Her Desdemona is ravishing and her last-act solos heartrending.

# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Jon Vickers, José Van Dam, Mirella Freni, Stefania Malagu
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert van Karajan
# Vinyl (1974)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Label: EMI Angel
# ASIN: B0036D7Y1Q
# Size: 2.85 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server:

Analyzed folder: /96kGV_Ot_FreVic/96k Verdi – Otello – Vickers, Freni
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -1.21 dB     -20.36 dB     sideA.wav
DR15        -0.69 dB     -22.93 dB     sideB.wav
DR16        -0.48 dB     -22.65 dB     sideC.wav
DR14        -0.42 dB     -21.03 dB     sideD.wav
DR12        -0.48 dB     -18.15 dB     sideE.wav
DR17        -0.46 dB     -24.45 dB     sideF.wav
Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR14



  • Baritone Vocals, Performer [Iago] – Peter Glossop
  • Bass Vocals, Performer [Lodovico] – José Van Dam
  • Bass Vocals, Performer [Montano] – Mario Machì*
  • Chorus – Chorus Of The Deutsche Opera, Berlin*
  • Chorus Master – Walter Hagen-Groll
  • Composed By – Giuseppe Verdi
  • Conductor – Herbert Von Karajan
  • Engineer [Recording] – Wolfgang Gülich
  • Libretto By – Arrigo Boïto*
  • Liner Notes [Program Notes In English] – Charles Osborne
  • Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Performer [Emilia] – Stefania Malagu*
  • Orchestra – Berlin Philharmonic*
  • Producer [Recording] – Michael Glotz
  • Soprano Vocals, Performer [Desdemona] – Mirella Freni
  • Tenor Vocals, Performer [Cassio] – Aldo Bottion
  • Tenor Vocals, Performer [Herold] – Hans Helm
  • Tenor Vocals, Performer [Otello] – Jon Vickers
  • Tenor Vocals, Performer [Roderigo] – Michel Sénéchal



Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
  • 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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9 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Giuseppe Verdi – Otello (Vickers/Freni)

  1. thanks Rach and I would like to know how you compare this version to Karajan’s 1960 one with Tebaldi, Del Monaco, and Protti : ))

    • This Otello is great and Vickers is a really great tenor, but he hasn’t that ferocious and dramatic act of Del Monaco. A great voice, but very light behind the marvellous tenor of Del Monaco. Freni is a fine Desdemona, very close to Tebaldi. Conducting by Karajan is almost the same, Decca sounds a little better. All in all, the Decca-Otello is 10:8 better.

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