HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA Living Stereo) G. Verdi – Macbeth (Rysanek/Warren)

Reposted, now with FF links

# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Singer: Leonie Rysanek, Leonard Warren, Carlo Bergonzi
# Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
# Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
# Vinyls (1959)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B000026MSH
# Size: 1.71 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

This is an old recording with fine sound quality, with a great cast. Leonard Warren is possibly the best Macbeth.

This recording, in my opinion, is the overall ALL TIME BEST recording of this opera. I think this is an under rated Verdi opera. The music is very dramatic and listenable. It follows the story quite well also. The musical direction is perfect especially for the age of the recording. The direction is clear and energetic. Now, for singing. There are no words to describe Leonard Warren. I have not heard this recording since I was a teenager. Leonard Warren still sends chills. His large dramatic voice lends itself well to Macbeth. He gives power to the role where most other baritones just gives weakness. His voice is glorious. No other can match his incredible voice. As a far as Leonie Rysanek, I absolutely love this singer. She is the finest Lady Macbeth ever. Her voice is even, her high notes are not pushed and over produced. She uses her beautiful voice well and I don’t find myself cringing like I do with so many of today’s voices. This truely is an era where singers took time to really learn to sing and you can hear it in this recording. Leonie is dramatic without sacrificing her voice. She uses many different colors, again without sacrificing her voice to do so. In addition, Lady Macbeth is a soprano role and should be sung by a soprano and not a mezzo no matter how high a mezzo can screatch up to the high notes. Jerome Hines is dark, musical, strong, and, well, perfect. You just couldn’t get any better than that. If you are looking for a recording that is completely perfect, this is it. Yes, it has the slightly older sound that is quickly forgotten within seconds. This is the second recording I have of this opera. The first is with Birgit Nilsson, another incredible recording with Nilsson and the orchestra as the stars. The Macbeth is okay and from there it goes down hill. But it is worth the price just for Nilsson. However, this recording of Warren and Reysanek is the best. I will never get tired of listening to these great artists. I wish we had them today.

 Analyzed folder: /Users/alfredo/Desktop/ HiResMusic/96kGV_Mac_RyWar/96k Verdi – Macbeth – Rysanek-Warren
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR13        -0.41 dB     -19.08 dB     Verdi – Macbeth SideA.wav
 DR14        -0.69 dB     -20.00 dB     Verdi – Macbeth SideB.wav
 DR13        -0.77 dB     -20.03 dB     Verdi – Macbeth SideC.wav
 DR14        -0.50 dB     -20.72 dB     Verdi – Macbeth SideD.wav
 Number of files:    4
 Official DR value:    DR13

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Special Edition Denon DL 103
  • Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • 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 ClickRepair, 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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15 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA Living Stereo) G. Verdi – Macbeth (Rysanek/Warren)

    • Hi my noble friend….don’t know why, but i was sure, you would be one of the first, that react to this post 😉

      Take care, Mr. Opera

  1. Every blog users in the cave…around the chest..
    -Tsss Tsss silence !! (a user)
    Then he opened the chest and everybody said “Ohhhh”
    -Don´t touch it, be careful putting your dirty fingers in this jewel.
    -Shut up and play it come on.
    The cave was covered by the blanket warm, a blanket woven of musical notes.

  2. Dear Rachmaninov,

    This is my first download on this site and i’m having some troubles.

    First I want to thank you for the quality of the rip. A mp3 version of this recording can be found on the internet. I used to like it but now I can’t listen to it anymore 😀 !

    But unfortunately the file i’ve downloaded from here is not complete, for instance the Preludio is missing, and the opera ends with the Macbeth’s aria that follows the sleepwalking scene (Atto IV, scena V) the total lenght is 1h22mn.

    Is that normal ? I might have done something wrong while downloading the file, but i wanted to ask before I try downloading it again.

    • Hi Arthur, welcome….you did nothing wrong. So now, open the cover-picture (or simply, take it in the browser) and you can see, under the “B” of the word MACBETH, the solution to this mystery….this is an abridged version.

      • Indeed, i see it now.. 😯
        I can’t believe they decided to cut the preludio, which introduces elements later used in the sleepwalking scene, and the end !! How is it possible to simply stop the performance at that moment ? Before Macbeth’s death ? really ..!?

        Anyway, thanks again for the upload. I think i’ll fill the gaps with the mp3s i have, and the result will be the complete performance with most of it in super high quality thanks to you. Bye! 😉

        • Arturo…i think, it was a “politicum” – maybe they had to push out something on the market, in front of the big concurrency…or maybe there were contractual motivations….indeed, RCA used to handle some very stran…aehm…interesting issues, like a “highlights” edition of Saint-Saens’ “Samson and Delilah” with my über alles beloved Mario Del Monaco. They never released the complete opera.

  3. I’ve got your message. Thank you Rach’. But my mail box definitely refuses to send any message. It says that I have exceeded the number of messages that is allowed and ask me to delete some of them in order to be able to send a new one. I did erased all of them but it still not working. Do you have another internet address through which I could dialogue with you?

    Take care and thank you for all !

  4. Listened to this several times through already and it is an absolutely thrilling recording. Warren and Rysanek are so well-matched – what a pair of voices! Many thanks!

  5. This is a superb recording. I can’t get enough of it. Oh, how I wish this wasn’t abridged. Thanks for this excellent record.

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