HD-Vinyls 96/24 (EMI) Umberto Giordano – Andrea Chenier (Stella/Corelli)

This is one of the best Andrea Chenier I have ever heard. Only Mario Del Monaco comes easily along to contend this role to the exceptional voice of Corelli. The entire production is wonderful! I recommend it very highly.

# Composer: Umberto Giordano
# Performer: Franco Corelli,
Antonietta Stella, Anna di Stasio, Paolo Montarsolo, Mario Sereni, Piero de Palma, Luciana Moneta
# Orchestra: Orchestra of the Teatro dell’Opera, Rome
# Conductor: Gabriele Santini
# Vinyls (1963)
# Format: Flac
# Number of discs: 2
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 2.47 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Opera has a wide variety of colors in it’s repertorie. If you want to experience the grand, marble-like sounds of Gods and Giants you can turn to Nilsson or Windgassen singing some of Wagner…if what you need is delicate, wine parfumed sounds you can always listen to Gedda, Kraus and De los Angeles in some Gounod…but if what you are looking for is the passionate fire and blood of the italian singing you can’t miss with this set. Franco Corelli makes his best recording ever in this high voltage creation from Giordano’s pen. Stella is a bit past her prime, with beautiful and clear tones but a little strained at moments, Sereni is gorgeous as Gerard with a firm, vibrant baritone which is a joy to listen to…but the performance belongs to the “Prince of Tenors”. Corelli creates a vibrant, dark sounding Chenier, with marvellous phrasing in the most dramatic declamatory accents of the role, and with a thrilling, dazzling top. This is italian Opera singing as it’s most exciting ever!. A complete Andrea Chenier is able to emerge through Franco’s voice. The raging poet of the first Act, the man in love in the second Act, and the brave soldier of the third Act are all breathing passion in Corelli’s interpretation. You can’t miss with this one, this is, along Del Monaco’s one, THE Chenier to own!. Just one warning, after listening to Corelli in this role, you’ll never want to listen to anyone else…but only until you have heard Mario Del Monaco. Franco and Mario are the only two titans for this role. Who’s better? Well, find it out, but remember, opera singing is not like olympic games. Here is absolutely possible to have two winners.


Analyzed folder: /96kUmGi_AnChe_Cor/96k Giordano – Andrea Chenier – Corelli, Stella, Sereni
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR14        -0.28 dB     -19.78 dB     sideA.wav
DR12        -0.03 dB     -17.87 dB     sideB.wav
DR13        -0.72 dB     -19.69 dB     sideC.wav
DR12        -0.54 dB     -17.40 dB     sideD.wav
Number of files:    4
Official DR value:    DR13


Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
  • Phono stage: 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 iZotopes, 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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11 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 96/24 (EMI) Umberto Giordano – Andrea Chenier (Stella/Corelli)

  1. This is also my favorite recording of “Chenier.” I’m so glad to see you put it up in HD. No doubt the 1957 MDM, Tebaldi & Bastianini is a very even challenge to this one. Both tenors are without doubt great Italian vocal treasures.
    Also there is a live performance of Corelli from 1960 – Vienna Staatsoper Live CHENIER –von Matacic, Corelli, Bastianini, Tebaldi. “Whatever” has mounted the entire set of 7 operas by Corelli; and it is in that set of 14 CDs.

    But to have this in HD is now an Italian Treasure also. Bravo Maestro Rach.


  2. Great rip! Me too, I’m delighted listening to this gem in HD. Very inspired and informative review. Thank you, Alf, for sharing it!

    • oh my Thor,
      come again this evening…there will be an opera you have never heard in your life, although you know it well…but not this selease. Very rare, I looked for it 30 years long, thought, it was never released as complete recording (once I had only Highlights of it) 😉

      • Bro’….. I’m waiting ….extremly excited!!!

        btw …..there is something on it’s way to you!!!
        Some nice promo’s ….n’ stuff

        • sorry bratha…due to connection problems with FF it will be late to get what I post…about 2-3 in the night (if FF didn’t cause a forced logout, like happened several times the last weeks)

          Better you get the gems tomorrow morning.

          Curious to see, what you send me 😉

  3. Thank you for this treasure! I had listened to it on the radio years ago. Stella is wonderful too, I don’t agree she was “past her prime” at all in 1963.
    As for the two titans, Corelli or Del Monaco, I love them both but I’m sorry…. Beniamino Gigli is the supreme Chénier of all times. Try to find his amazing 1941 studio recording and you’ll all understand why 🙂

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