HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA Living Stereo) Giacomo Puccini – Tosca (Milanov/Björling/Warren)

Jussi Björling is one of the best Cavaradossi in all of the complete sets. His voice is much more beautiful than Giuseppe di Stefano, whose voice is almost some what strain on the top. Both artists are completely involved in their roles.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Singer: Zinka Milanov, Jussi Björling, Leonard Warren
# Orchestra: Rome Opera House Orchestra and Chorus
# Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
# Vinyl (1957)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN: B00000JMHB
# Size: 2.84 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Along with his Rodolfo, this Cavaradossi is the very best of Björling’s complete recorded roles. Unfortunately, this was recorded in 1957 when any soprano other than Callas or Tebaldi could only be considered no more than the best of the rest. Since this is an RCA production, the voices are very much to the front and that just makes vocal imperfections all the more troubling. Milanov was 51 at the time but she sounds like she could be ten years older. Leinsdorf’s slow tempi don’t help. While Bjoerling’s voice is small for this role, his singing is powerful and beautiful enough to make his performance as good as it gets. Though his tone can be unattractive, Warren is the equal of Gobbi, Taddei, London and Milnes as Scarpia. Milanov’s 30 years with the MET must have brought her a lot of fans and she may have been great in the 40’s. But not here. But then plenty of sopranos have made recordings past their prime. Callas, Tebaldi, Price, Sills, Freni, Scotto all were recorded at a time when their name recognition exceeded their vocal talents. Add some ragged moments from the horns and you’ve got a Tosca that doesn’t measure up to Callas’ first. But if you love Bjoerling and Warren, this recording is essential.

Analyzed folder: /96k Puccini – Tosca – Milanov-Bjoerling
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR15 -0.60 dB -20.66 dB sideA.wav
DR13 -0.66 dB -18.82 dB sideB.wav
DR13 -0.85 dB -19.37 dB sideC.wav
DR12 -0.52 dB -19.37 dB sideD.wav
DR14 -0.29 dB -21.12 dB sideE.wav
DR12 -1.22 dB -17.79 dB F1 Zinka Milanov – Puccini – Gianni Schicchi – O mio babbino caro.wav
DR9 -0.95 dB -14.70 dB F2 Jussi Bjoerling – Puccini – La Fanciulla Del West – Ch’ella mi creda libero e lontano.wav
DR13 -1.19 dB -18.62 dB F3 Leonard Warren – Verdi – La Forza Del Destino – Urna fatale del mio destino.wav
DR10 -0.89 dB -17.39 dB F4 Zinka Milanov – Puccini – Manon Lescaut – In quelle trine morbide.wav
DR12 -0.41 dB -16.97 dB F5 Jussi Bjoerling – Puccini – Manon Lescaut – Tra voi belle brune e bionde.wav
DR12 -0.74 dB -18.13 dB F6 Leonard Warren – Ponchielli – Gioconda – Oh monumento.wav
Number of files: 11
Official DR value: DR12


Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Denon DL 103 (loaned)
  • NEW ! 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 iZotope, 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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16 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA Living Stereo) Giacomo Puccini – Tosca (Milanov/Björling/Warren)

  1. As the Priest might say, “Blessings on you, my son!”

    I had this one in vinyl also, with Bjoerling’s autograph on the box I carried to his live concert I attended in my town.

    My gratitude grows deeper. Thanks Rach!

  2. Thank you! I had heard this once over the radio years ago and loved it! I will be the exception here in fact and say that I absolutely adored Zinka Milanova and Leonard Warren in it, not so much the superb Jussi Bjorling. I grew up with Corelli’s Cavaradossi and Bjorling’s voice is too “un-italian” for the part. He was the best Romeo and Faust in History.

    • Hi Dimi…I cannot help myself, but every time I hear the voice of Björling, I could cry. It has surely to do with something from my childhood that I’ve now forgotten. I only know: I adore him in the same measure I love Mario Del Monaco, Corelli, Pavarotti and Di Stefano.

      • Oh, I adore him too, best voive, training, musicality of the 20th century!
        Unfortunatelly, I can’t download this… When I put the filefactory links in the Jdownloader, it’s always “plugin error (out of date)” (?) and when I try downloading them manually one by one, Avast shield forbids it, screaming that it detected malicious files and aborts the download….
        Am I doing something wrong?…

        • uh…very strange, you are a long time user here and is not your first DL…and nothing has changed on my side.
          What to do?
          Do you click on my link? And you follow the link on the FF site?
          Don’t use JDL.

          There is nothing malicious with the files…I just checked; in 5 days about 76 DLs and no one but you reported some errors.
          Don’t know how to help you.

          • Yes, that’s what I do, the link gets me to the FF site etc… but always with the same result…. Of course your files are ok, I’ve downloaded so much from you 🙂 Who knows?… Maybe I should temporarily de-activate the avast antivirus, but I’m afraid to do so….
            Oh well, we’ll see in a few days. Cheers!

    • Believe me my friend: Jussi is a wonder of the last century…very very underrated by the-so-called specialists, who only think, if you don’t sing like Caruso or Pavarotti, you’re a nobody.

      Björling is one of the ALL TIMES top ten tenors !!!!

  3. Hi Rachmaninov, thanks a lot for the beautiful job in restoring these treasures.

    For some reason this DL does not have Tosca but rather a collection of excerpts from diferent operas.

    Please see if it could be resolved as I am really interested in hearing this version.


    • Obviously you have only side 6 of the set… the opera Tosca is on 5 vinyl sides – on the 6th side there are some opera arias sung by Milanow, Warren and Björling.
      Check it and unrar all 8 archives.

    • Dear friend, the problem with unavailable files due to server maintenance is that, if I reload the concerned part, it can land again on that damned server that’s under maintenance. Had this situation some times…
      Anyway, we want hope the best and part 5 is loading.

      Look after it in about 1 hour.

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