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Bellini’s opera “I Capuleti E i Montechi” is unfortunately overshadowed by the more famous Charles Gounod French opera Romeo et Juliette. This Italian bel canto work is rarely staged and even rarely recorded. It’s a pity really because this is a terrific opera, even if highly edited and even if Bellini tinkered with the play. It’s a gem of bel canto opera, full of beautiful melodies, dramatic passions and arias and ensembles that are linked together like a chain of gold. It is a glorious opera when it is performed by the right singers. Recorded in the late 60’s, it stars soprano Beverly Sills and mezzo soprano Janet Baker, both at the height of their powers as singers. In the tenor role (not that of Romeo, but Tebaldo) is Nicolai Gedda.
# Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
# Performer: Beverly Sills, Janet Baker, Nicolai Gedda
# Orchestra: New Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Giuseppe Patanè
# Vinyl (1976)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI/Angel
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 2.77 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
So we have three great operatic talents- Sills, Baker and Gedda, reason enough to get this opera, for each singer provides dramatic integrity and passion and beautiful vocal color to their roles. Janet Baker as Romeo is a great performance. Baker had a dramatic and inner power, with a religious zeal and spirituality and passion. I don’t care that its a woman playing the role of the male Romeo. Her voice is “masculine” in its mezzo richness, and even her energy. Baker is a goddess of the opera, able to sing both like a woman and like man! Who else can do that ? Her arias here are all taxing and amazing. No one will ever do what she has done for opera. I love Janet Baker in everything she did- Julius Caesar, Werther, Verdi Requiem, Lieder, Ariodante, and the list goes on. Opposite the more elegant Sills, they are a tour de force.
Analyzed folder: /96k Bellini – I Capuleti E I Montecchi
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR12 -0.56 dB -18.09 dB sideA.aif
DR13 -0.80 dB -20.05 dB sideB.aif
DR12 -0.65 dB -18.57 dB sideC.aif
DR14 -0.35 dB -19.98 dB sideD.aif
DR13 -0.74 dB -18.88 dB sideE.aif
DR15 -0.72 dB -22.06 dB sideF.aif
Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR13
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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
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