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
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- 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
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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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