HD-Vinyl 96K24B (Decca) Maria Chiara – Soprano Arias

front_small_boxsetMaria Chiara is one of the most neglected Lyric-spinto soprani of the last quarter of the 20th century. And one wonders why. Could it be the DECCA/LONDON, the label that recorded her in the seventies, abandoned her to keep their reigning Diva Renata Tebaldi happy? This recording bears testimony to the fact that Chiara and Tebaldi had similar repetoires and, to a large extent, the same glorious Italian timbre and tone. Reposted, now with FF links

# 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

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki (L’art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Limited Edition Denon DL103 SA
  • Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • 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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13 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 96K24B (Decca) Maria Chiara – Soprano Arias

  1. Another time without words!
    Soooooooooo happyyyyyyyyy!!!
    Just 1 GB! it’s another miracle :DDDD

    Thanks a lot dear Rachmaninov!

    You make little dreams true! Thanks!!!! 😛 😛 😛 😳 😳 😳

  2. Mr. Rachmaninov,
    The Hi Def of Maria Chiara is phenomenally beautiuful in spote of the dust specks of which you spoke.
    And the enlarged space in the sound, the tones are excellent, and She has a better voice in this venue than in the operas I have with her in them.

    Thank you, you hard working hombre.

    Bob from Georgis USA

  3. Rach, can you tell us something about your ripping equipment? I tried to rip my Lps but the results are sounding not as the original viniles. I tried it with my hifi gear: Garrard 401, Ortofon AS-309S, Zyx Airy 3 MC, Yamamoto Sut-02 step-up, Audio Note M3 Phono tube pe-amp., E-MU 0404 USB ADC at 24bit/192kHZ, NBS statement cables. Sometimes I use clickrepair too. I suppose it depends on the used ADC, some told me to try Apogee Rosetta 200 instead of mine. What do you think about?

  4. I want just to add that the Dinamic Range of this recording is very good after converting it in redbook format with Izotope ultra steep linear phase settings

    Statistics for: Maria Chiara – Soprano Arias – Decca.wav
    Number of Samples: 137218620

    left right

    Peak value: -0.88 dB — -0.24 dB
    Avg RMS: -23.43 dB — -23.48 dB
    DR channel: 16.49 dB — 17.06 dB

    Official DR value: DR17

    • Hi….i am that kind of people, that doesn’t care, what the technic says. OK, it’s important to stay within some parameters, but (for me) that’s all…i’m not a hunter of the last technical detail. I trust more and more to my ears and experience..if it sound good, it is good, no matter anything else.

      Gnulp, concerning you question in your other msg….you own a really good setup, really great….but it’s hard (near impossible) to say what goes wrong with your rippings.

      One thing i never never do: listening on the computer to the ripped music. Do this always on your HiFi-equipement….take the time, it’s worth. Only this way you have the comparance to the original vinyl. I use CD-RW, that are able to be used hundreds of times (burn-delete-burn-delete…..)

      Otherway, after several tousends vinyls that i digitalized, i don’t need everytime to listen to the result…I “KNOW” that’s good (or not) without control-listening.

      Use for removing clips/ticks Audition from Adobe..is the best – but be carefull with the intensity that you use.

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