HD-Vinyls 96/24 (London/Decca) Giuseppe Verdi – Il Trovatore (Tebaldi/Del Monaco)

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)    
    Scene 2    

Analyzed folder: /Users/alfredo/Desktop/ HiResMusic/96kGV_Tro_MDM/96k Verdi Il Trovatore MDM
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR14        -0.31 dB     -20.00 dB     sideA.wav
DR13        -0.62 dB     -19.02 dB     sideB.wav
DR13        -0.87 dB     -19.09 dB     sideC.wav
DR12        -0.62 dB     -17.15 dB     sideD.wav
DR13        -0.52 dB     -19.00 dB     sideE.wav
DR13        -0.65 dB     -18.59 dB     sideF.wav
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

Ripping Infos

  • 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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6 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 96/24 (London/Decca) Giuseppe Verdi – Il Trovatore (Tebaldi/Del Monaco)

  1. In his youth, my father was 1st violin of the Gran Teatre del Liceu orchestra. Unfortunately back then Spain wasn’t in its best shape and besides, he had been forced by his parents into studying music and violin and excel with it so I don’t think it was too hard for him to decide to “hang” the violin as soon as he found a much better paid job and completely unrelated to music. However he kept the interest at least, he was a great aficionado and I listened to classical music and the opera stars from the golden era even before to be born. I still remember a funny anecdote from my childhood, we were driving somewhere and as usually my father was playing some tape in the car radio cassette, it was Pippo singing the usual selection of Italian arias and songs. We stopped in a petrol station and the man there heard the music (don’t remember if when we arrived or when about to leave) and just trying to be friendly he said “oh, Pavarotti!”, my father answered with a smile “nope, Di Stefano” at what the man replied with a “come on, don’t pull my leg, that one was a soccer player!”. 😆

    Anyway, despite several other favourites, he always was a huge fan of Del Monaco and somehow such a devotion ended coming to me too. Funnily it was a slow process though, when I was just a kid I didn’t particularly enjoy opera, I liked some arias but that was all, no way I was going to seat through all that laaa-laaa-laaa tra-laaa-laaa stuff. 😆 I was much more into symphonic or chamber than anything else yet my interest for Shakespeare and some stage writers from the Spanish Romantic period brought me indirectly to finally explore that genre too. It all started with Othello when I was about 13 or so, I decided to give a serious try (following libretto and all) to Verdi’s (after all I had always enjoyed his overtures and choruses) and see how it was. I was lucky not only by choosing that one instead of Rossini’s but also because it was one of Mario del Monaco’s renditions. Just at the beginning with that tempest, wind and sea water thrown directly through the speakers, I could already say oh my oh my… then it came him with that powerful Esultate bringing down the walls and I knew that that evening was going to be special. The duet with Desdemona remembering the birth of their love while seeing the dawn come simply gave me goose bumps and the end of the drama with him asking once more for un bacio, un altro bacio, un bacio ancora… was truly moving. You can imagine what came next, the feeling of having been losing something really marvellous and the need to discover more. Spanish writer Duque de Rivas brought me to “La forza del destino” (also with Del Monaco) and Antonio García Gutiérrez to this very one, “Il Trovatore” and the urge to grasp any weapon available to help poor Manrico to kill the fire with the blood of those villains. After those successful first experiences it came Puccini and all the rest. So, my dear friend Rachmaninov, your nice gesture here went even beyond any original purpose and with it you have kindly offered me a free ride back to a happy memory from my early teens. Thanks a lot for that, I just wish I could offer you something as much nice and rewarding as that. 🙂

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