In my opinion, one of the greatest Verdi-opera…a pity that’s not considered to be part of the Verdi’s better works
Many thanks to the generous donator from Lake Michigan for this real gem
# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Tito Gobbi, Boris Christoff, Victoria De Los Angeles, Giuseppe Campora
# Orchestra: Opera House Orchestra Rome
# Conductor: Gabriele Santini
# Vinyls (1957)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: FLAC
# Label: Angel (EMI)
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN: B000005GP3
# Size: 1.47 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Here it is, with classic performances by Christoff and Gobbi. Except for Abbado’s digital version on DGG, there’s no better “Simon” on record.
I’d be mad not to give this recording 5 stars and its merits are too obvious and well-rehearsed to make it worthwhile detailing them – but it’s not without a few minor flaws. First, the mono sound – but that’s crisp and clear and simply isn’t an issue when the singing and playing are as good this – it’s simply a little frustrating that no-one saw fit to record it in stereo when the technology was already available. The singing of the male principals is superlative – Campora included, although he is usually accorded a very subordinate place in the honours list when compared with Gobbi and Christoff. Some may have reservations about De los Angeles, although mine are about her voice in general, not with her assumption of this particular role, which is touchingly, credibly done; you can really believe in her love both for her father and for her hot-headed suitor, but the top of the voice is always a touch strained and acid, not ideally floated as Te Kanawa used to do in this role. But these minor cavils are wholly negligible when you take the performance as a whole; it’s one of the best characterized and most expressively sung in the catalogue.
Analyzed folder: /Volumes/HDMUSIC/ Upload on HiResMusic/96kGV_SiBoNeg_GobDeLos/96k Verdi – Simon Boccanegra – Gobbi
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR12 -0.90 dB -18.56 dB sideA – Verdi – Simon Boccanegra – Gobbi-De Los Angeles.wav
DR13 -1.77 dB -19.70 dB sideB – Verdi – Simon Boccanegra – Gobbi-De Los Angeles.wav
DR12 -1.34 dB -18.10 dB sideC – Verdi – Simon Boccanegra – Gobbi-De Los Angeles.wav
DR13 -1.10 dB -19.90 dB sideD – Verdi – Simon Boccanegra – Gobbi-De Los Angeles.wav
DR11 -1.44 dB -17.06 dB sideE – Verdi – Simon Boccanegra – Gobbi-De Los Angeles.wav
DR10 -1.68 dB -17.79 dB sideF – Verdi – Simon Boccanegra – Gobbi-De Los Angeles.wav
Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR12
- RCM: Okki Nokki
- 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 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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