HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Gustave Charpentier – Louise (Sills,Gedda)

Many thanks to our friend Bob for this rarity
At 3 hours long, Charpentier’s all but forgotten Louise is a great opera. If only singers like Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna can revive this opera on a studio recording! The ligher, more elegant, French-style voices of Beverly Sills and Nicolai Gedda make this particular version a lot like Massenet’s Manon. Rudel conducts with a mixture of dramatic realism, romance and bubbly music. Sills is past her prime but can still sing a difficult role like Louise with a style that is uniquely her own and with undying commitment. Jose Van Dam and Mignon Dunn are fine as the “baritone” father and “mezzo” mother, making their roles as convincingly real as possible, though mostly lyrical. This is a fine opera and you shouldn’t hesitate to buy it if you are a fan of any of the singers.

Composer: Gustave Charpentier
Performer: Beverly Sills,  Nicolai Gedda, José Van Dam, Mignon Dunn
Orchestra: Orchestra Of The Théâtre National De L’Opéra
Conductor: Julius Rudel
Vinyl 1978
Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 3.76 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

Analyzed Folder: /96k Charpentier – Louise – Sills, Gedda
DR Peak RMS Filename

DR15 -0.66 dB -21.38 dB sideA.flac
DR16 -0.34 dB -22.61 dB sideB.flac
DR15 -0.20 dB -21.05 dB sideC.flac
DR14 -0.45 dB -20.30 dB sideD.flac
DR13 -0.58 dB -19.55 dB sideE.flac
DR14 -0.42 dB -21.02 dB sideF.flac

Number of Files: 6
Official DR Value: DR14




  • Art Direction – Marvin Schwartz
  • Baritone Vocals [Le Chansonnier] – Tibère Raffalli
  • Baritone Vocals [Le Premier Gardien/Le Deuxième Philosophe] – René Massis
  • Baritone Vocals [Père] – José Van Dam
  • Bass Vocals [Le Bricoleur] – Jean-Jacques Doumene
  • Bass Vocals [Le Chiffonnier] – Jacques Mars
  • Chorus – Chorus Of The Théâtre National De L’Opéra*, La Maitrise De La Resurrection
  • Chorus Master – Francis Bardot, Jean Laforge
  • Composed By – Gustave Charpentier
  • Conductor – Julius Rudel
  • Engineer – Christopher Parker
  • Mezzo-soprano Vocals [Mére] – Mignon Dunn
  • Orchestra – Orchestra Of The Théâtre National De L’Opéra
  • Photography By – Christian Steiner (6), Eric Brissaud
  • Producer – Christopher Bishop
  • Producer [Assistant] – Greco Casadesus
  • Soprano Vocals [Blanche] – Elya Weismann
  • Soprano Vocals [Camille/La Chiffonière] – Christiane Chateau
  • Soprano Vocals [Irma] – Elaine Lublin
  • Soprano Vocals [Louise] – Beverly Sills
  • Tenor Vocals [Julien] – Nicolai Gedda
  • Tenor Vocals [Le Noctambule/Le Pape De Fous] – Martyn Hill
  • Tenor Vocals [Le Poète] – Jean-Marie Fremeau

Ripping Info


  • Software: iZotope RX 5 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Very careful de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removed, never de-noising
  • DR-Analisys
  • Wave 32/192(32/384) —> Flac 24/96(24/192): Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5



8 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Gustave Charpentier – Louise (Sills,Gedda)”

  1. Louise by Gustave Charpentier is the first opera happens in the milieu of the so called lower class. That was something very new
    also the style of composing. The success of the first performings was enormous but in our time nearly forgotten. The recordings are different in the comprehension of the role of Louise. Light or
    revolt. If possible you should hear the CBS- recording from 1975 with Ileana Cotrubas and Placido Domingo under George Prétre.

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