HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Decca) V. Bellini – Beatrice di Tenda (Sutherland/Pavarotti)

The dream-team Sutherland/Pavarotti at the begin of their glorious carreers – Reposted, now with FF links Happy birthday, sweet angel!

# Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
# Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Josephine Veasey, Cornelius Opthof
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Richard Bonynge
# Vinyl (1966)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# ASIN: B00000E4Y6
# Size: 2.93 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

Beatrice di Tenda is a beautiful and unjustly neglected opera. It contains gorgeous melodies, great arias and exciting finales. Joan Sutherland made the role very much her own in the early 1960’s. This first studio recording made in 1966 still stands well. Sutherland captures the character’s sadness and dignity well with beautiful and poised singing and naturally shines in cabalettas. The unkown Cornelius Opthof holds himself very well next to Sutherland with a secure top and incisive phrasing as the wicked Fillipo. As the second couple we have a fiery Josephine Veasey as Agnese and a very young Luciano Pavarotti as Orombello. Excellent sound and briskly conducted by Richard Bonynge. Highly recommended to Sutherland/Bellini lovers.

Musically, this opera is probably on a par with “Zaira”, which I recently reviewed. His penultimate opera, it was written relatively late in Bellini’s short career but does not really mark any kind of advance in style or accomplishment and remains somewhat generic, without many of the arresting moments that make his greatest operas so popular. Of course there are some lovely things and it is at the least a well-crafted work. I would give it three stars were it not for the outstanding quality of the singing. Sutherland is as you would expect in 1966; phenomenally free and agile in her coloratura, liberal with the top C’s, D’s, E’s and even an F, a bit bland of expression, diction largely unintelligible especially when considered alongside the forward clarity of Pavarotti’s singing. Her fans will know what to expect and any devotee of bel canto will admire her command. Pavarotti is…well, Pavarotti, even in this his first recording with Joanie: clean, clear, beautiful, easy singing with tons of “ping”. Unknown baritone Cornelius Opthof treats us to his neat, expressive, light baritone (the only other recording of his I have seen is a disc of Verdi highlights with fellow Dutch singer Christina Deutekom). Mezzo Josephine Veasey is stunning as Agnese and makes me wonder if she is not still under-valued. I love her fast vibrato and attack; she despatches her set pieces with ease and élan. Bonynge is a bit perfunctory and the LSO rather disengaged – but I suspect that is a function of the rather anonymous music which seems to aspire to greater drama than it actually generates. There is a fair bit of conventional posturing, but with singers this good I’m sure it would be very exciting live.

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  • Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
  • Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Josephine Veasey, Cornelius Opthof
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge

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 -> Wave 32 bit/96 kHz
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

You hear some clicks and pops here and there? Who cares?
I better let some light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave 32bit/96kHz -> Flac 24bit/96kHz: Twisted Wave
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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26 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Decca) V. Bellini – Beatrice di Tenda (Sutherland/Pavarotti)

  1. oh boy, what a sight to see…Rach’s back, Queen Joan at the top of boxset.

    All hail the return of the king! God bless you rach, it’s so good to see you posting again.

    And yes, arhhhhhhhhh I’ve been drinking! Ahh, steady hand now dc, assemble the image of the footballer….

  2. I just saw this says 1966!! This should be interesting. I’ve never heard this opera before, and certainly never heard either sutherland nor pavarotti from such an early date. I can’t seem to find the libretto in english though 🙁

    any help anyone?

    Captcha is a puppy listening to an ipod…. 😀

  3. You’re my hero Rach! I can’t wait to spend a few hours listening to this. By the way, are you going to be sticking with Hotfile? My account’s lapsed and I don’t want to buy another if you’re moving elsewhere, as you’re the only reason I use it

    Thank you for the extra effort of scanning the booklet, it’s most appreciated. Have a good weekend

  4. Nothing better than celebrating what would have been – today – Dame Joan’s 86th Birthday with one of her signature roles!

  5. First of all, thank you so much for yet another awesome vinyl rip! Now it might be just me, but I cannot find the libretto. Was it lost in the transfer between Hotfile and FF?

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