# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi , Giacomo Puccini, Gaetano Donizetti, Vincenzo Bellini, Arrigo Boito, Pietro Mascagni
# Performer: Maria Chiara
# Orchestra: Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
# Conductor: Nello Santi
# Vinyl (1972)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B00035VV6Y
# Size: 1.05 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
I’m very, very impressed by Maria’s voice and it’s a shame Decca didn’t record some of the rare verisimo operas, arias of which we hear on this recital. Wouldn’t it be great to have a youthful Wally, an Iris, a Loreley, a L’amico Friz or a Lodoletta? She could easily have replaced the otherwise great Caballe in some of her verisimo attempts, like the Chenier. Chiara is one of the few I can think of whose La mamma morta is stylistically correct and vocally sumptuous. No wonder she was hailed the successor of the legendary Tebaldi.Singing bel canto and verisimo and managing both was already popular at the time but this wasn’t Chiara’s territory in my opinion but it’s interesting to hear the difference. Verdi fares much better and she often sounds lovely (e.g. Simon Boccanegra aria).
It is puzzling that Decca did not record her more, especially as by the time Chiara came into her glory, Tebaldi had virtually retired and there was plenty of scope for her in what was still a thriving operatic recording business. A studio “Aida” with Pavarotti in the mid 80’s was rather too little too late, especially as she had long established herself in the previous decade as the reigning Aida in Europe; apart from that, she made no major complete opera recording which, on the evidence of her talent and versatility here, is yet another sad example of the absurd myopia (deafness?) of which major record companies were sometimes guilty – Leyla Gencer also comes to mind. Of course, she features in countless compilations.
For Chiara’s range is really striking; she tackles very diverse roles from the classic bel canto Fach through the great 19C Verdian lirico-spinto repertoire to the verismo belters such as Maddalena in “Andrea Chénier”, while remaining incapable of making an ugly noise in any of them. Her honeyed voice is remarkably even throughout its range, very “round”, never scratchy, with plaintive, occasionally slightly scooped, top notes which are sometimes floated in the Caballé manner and sometimes expanded magnificently, as in the superb messa di voce with which she concludes Liù’s aria. Everything she does here affords pleasure and one almost begins to take her virtuosity for granted, she makes it sound so easy.
Analyzed folder: /96kMarCh_OpRec/96k Maria Chiara – Operatic Recital
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR15 -2.01 dB -22.62 dB A1 Donizetti – Anna Bolena – Al dolce guidami.wav
DR14 -0.54 dB -21.11 dB A2 Bellini – I Puritani – Qui la voce sua soave.wav
DR14 -1.53 dB -22.55 dB A3 Verdi – Aida – Qui Radames verra’…O Patria mia.wav
DR13 -1.52 dB -21.03 dB A4 Boito – Mefistofele – L’altra notte in fondo al mare.wav
DR13 -1.31 dB -20.06 dB B1 Puccini – La Boheme – Si, Mi chiamano Mimi’.wav
DR14 -1.02 dB -20.97 dB B2 Puccini – Suor Angelica – Senza mamma, o bimbo.wav
DR11 -1.03 dB -20.52 dB B3 Puccini – La Boheme- Donde lieta usci’ al tuo grido.wav
DR12 -1.03 dB -21.17 dB B4 Mascagni – Lodoletta – Ah Il suo nome…Flammen, perdonami.wav
DR13 -1.65 dB -20.98 dB B5 Puccini – Manon Lescaut – In quelle trine morbide.wav
DR12 -1.61 dB -21.75 dB B6 Puccini – Turandot – Signore, ascolta.wav
Number of files: 10
Official DR value: DR13
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