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# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Inge Borkh, Renata Tebaldi, Mario Del Monaco, Nicola Zaccaria
# Orchestra: Orchestra e coro dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome
# Conductor: Alberto Erede
# Vinyls (1966)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analisys: DR 14
# Label: London (Decca)
# ASIN CD: B000025WUE
# Size: 2.33 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF
I warmly recommend this Turandot. The conductor and orchestra bring out wonderful details that I have missed in other recordings. Del Monaco is excellent, a virile, dramatic tenor with a more attractive voice than Corelli. Tebaldi is at her best here. Borkh is another Wagnerian/Straussian Turandot. She lacks Nilsson’s poweer in this role, but is good. The supporting cast, including Corena, is great.
Inge Borkh, a world-famous Elektra and Fidelio, was a typical Viennese-type Turandot. Her voice was not very Italianate (then again, neither is the rôle, and Italians have generally steered clear of it) but it was large and secure, and she was an expressive, highly musical artist. This is a fine performance of the kind Maria Jeritza might have given–closer perhaps to Strauss that to Puccini.
Mario Del Monaco had one of the hugest voices I have ever heard come out of a human throat, and to suggest that he was “overparted” (an ugly British Germanism to say that a rôle is too heavy for a given singer) by the rôle of Calaf, one of his most famous assumptions, as another reviewer has written, is a real howler. I heard him in this very rôle at the Roman amphitheatre in Verona, and he raised the rafters… (it’s an open-air venue…) He sings with his usual macho fury, whirlwind high notes and total committment. One either loves him or one doesn’t, but this is one of his most typical and successful recordings. (Because of his big, big voice, he was very hard to record.)
Renata Tebaldi, at age 33, is simply the most wonderful, most golden-throated, most silver-lined, most exquisite Liù ever. Her long, long phrasing and perfectly molded line is what Puccini singing is all about. Magic her every note. Listen to the finale of _Signore ascolta_ and MELT!
Alberto Erede was seldom given enough rehearsal time in his DECCA recordings–all money was spent on the singers–but this is one of his best accomplishments for them. He gets rich playing from the orchestra and the surprisingly slow, ecstatic tempi, again more Viennese that Italian, are very effective. The finale is something else.
Vinyl condition: VG
Comes from: Property of AC/Rachmaninov
Analyzed folder: /Volumes/PSK & MUSIC/HiResMusic/ FERTIG STELLEN/96k Puccini – Turandot MDM
DR Peak RMS Filename
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DR15 -0.92 dB -22.62 dB sideC-2496.wav
DR13 -0.84 dB -20.33 dB sideD-2496.wav
DR15 -0.85 dB -21.04 dB sideE-2496.wav
DR14 -0.50 dB -20.28 dB sideF-2496.wav
Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR14
- RCM: Okki Nokki
- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- System: Special Edition Denon DL 103
- Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
- Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- 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 -> Wave 32 bit/96 kHz
- Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising
You hear some clicks and pops here and there? Who cares?
I better let some light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
- DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
- Converting Wave 32bit/96kHz -> Flac 24bit/96kHz: Twisted Wave
- Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5
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