Mario del Monaco has the perfect voice for Manrico. His interpretation contrasts with the sweet and moving Leonora sung by Renata Tebaldi.
Reposted, now on FF
# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Renata Tebaldi, Mario Del Monaco, Giulietta Simionato, Giorgio Tozzi
# Orchestra: Coro del Maggio Fiorentino, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Alberto Erede
# Vinyls (1956)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac (Tracks)
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B00000E2QV
# Size: 2.38 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF
The first great reason for buying this recording is of course Giulietta Simionato, who made a such deep and thrilling interpretation of Azucena that probably only Fedora Barbieri can be considered her rival in the role. Besides, she has a powerful, flexible and big voice that Barbieri didn’t have. Giulietta Simionato was the best dramatic mezzo that has ever appeared on stage. Though she is not used to make the usual ‘dramatic effects’, such as cries and shouts, Simionato makes us feel thrilled at every moment she sings.
Mario del Monaco has the perfect voice for Manrico. He has the power and masculinity the role demands and his interpretation is the strongest and most viril that I have ever heard. His interpretation contrasts with the sweet and moving Leonora sung by Renata Tebaldi.
She has never sung the role of Leonora, but everybody should remember that Tebaldi was one of the best Verdian singers in her age and she had the most perfect vocal technique. Well, she doesn’t manage very well the coloratura parts, but it’s a minor part of this dramatic role. In the lyrical moments, which includes the most famous arias “Tacea la notte placida” and “D’amor sull’ali rosee”, her sweet but firm voice manages to create a show of true Verdian singing.
Ugo Savarese’s, while he’s not the best Conte di Luna, sings the role well. The secondary role of Ferrando is magnificiently sung by Giorgio Tozzi, one of the greatest baritones of the 50’s. Alberto Erede conducts intelligently the orchestra, making it evolve from the misterious atmosphere in the first act to the thrilling climax in the fourth act.
I highly recommend this recording as a register of the great Verdian singers of the past in one of the most famous operas in the world. It’s not the ultimate best recording of Il Trovatore, but it’s certainly one of the best. So, if you are familiar to this opera, take this recording for you will not be disappointed!
|A||Act 1 Scene 1|
|Act 1 Scene 2 (Pt. 1)|
|B||Act 1 Scene 2 (Pt. 2)|
|Act 2 Scene 1 (Pt. 1)|
|C||Act 2 Scene 1 (Pt. 2)|
|Scene 2 (Pt. 1)|
|D||Act 2 Scene 2 (Pt. 2)|
|Act 3 Scene 1|
|Scene 2 (Pt. 1)|
|E||Act 3 Scene 2 (Pt. 2)|
|Act 4 Scene 1 (Pt. 1)|
|F||Act 4 Scene 1 (Pt. 2)|
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Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR13
- Baritone Vocals, Performer [Old Gipsy] – Antonio Balbi
- Baritone Vocals, Performer [The Count Di Luna] – Ugo Savarese
- Bass Vocals, Performer [Ferrando] – Giorgio Tozzi
- Chorus – Chorus Of The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino*
- Composed By – Giuseppe Verdi
- Conductor – Alberto Erede
- Libretto By – S. Cammarano*
- Mezzo-soprano Vocals, Performer [Azucena] – Giulietta Simionato
- Orchestra – Orchestre De La Suisse Romande*
- Soprano Vocals, Performer [Inez] – Luisa Maragliano
- Soprano Vocals, Performer [Leonora] – Renata Tebaldi
- Tenor Vocals, Performer [Manrico] – Mario Del Monaco
- Tenor Vocals, Performer [Ruiz], Performer [A Messenger] – Athos Cesarini
- 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)
- 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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