HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Decca) Giacomo Puccini – Tosca (Nilsson/Corelli)

If you ever thought, Birgit Nilsson is even good enough to sing Strauss and Wagner, oh friends, you were strongly wrong. Trust in me (cit. Jack Bauer)
Reposted, now with FF links

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Birgit Nilsson, Franco Corelli, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
# Orchestra: Orchestra e coro dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome
# Conductor: Lorin Maazel
# Vinyls (1967)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# ASIN CD: B00000I931
# Size: 2.63 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Let me say that i think, this “Floria Tosca” makes her brilliant appearence and doesn’t need to fear the “Super-Toscas” by Maria Callas and Renata Tebaldi.
About the great Franco Corelli i think you have heard or read enough, there is nothing more to say…he is a great and powerful “Mario Cavaradossi” that has the courage (and disgrace) to face the demoniac and black soul of “Scarpia”.
And here is another great surprise, my friends. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau gives a superb “Scarpia” that you never espected.
A really great recording from the “good golden days” of vinyl, a two-records box by LONDON, from the year 1967, so you can appreciate the full Decca-Sound that made this label to one of the greatest.

I have listened to just about every tosca recording out there by price, olivero, te kanawa, tebaldi, freni, and YES La Divina Callas. But I can never quite find the magic that is undisputedly captured in this phenomenal electrifying performance. Madame Nilsson has never been better. Her voice in this recording is so beautifully round, italianate, and full of stentorian high notes. Her voice even gets God’s attention in this role when she sings Oh Scarpia we shall meet before God!!! Franco Corelli is THE MAN and is perfect as Cavaradossi. He posseses this achingly beautiful voice that just hits you right in the heart not to mention ringing dizzying high notes. As much as I am overjoyed with Nilson and Corelli’s performances, the main reason for this review is to defend and praise the fabulous portrayal of Fischer-Dieskau as Scarpia. I say pooh on the opinion that Scarpia ruins this set. I don’t care what anyone else says, the man is brilliant in the way he interprets this sadistic beast. For the first time, we have a baritone who sings with such finesse and musicality. His religiosity in his seduction of Tosca in church in Act one made my jaws drop!!!!! He approaches each line with the sensitivity of a lieder singer. In this respect, his interpretation is far more lethal like a cup of sugar full of hidden razor blades. He is the most slimy seductive Scarpia I have ever heard and ranks in my opinion as one of the greatest interpreters of Scarpia on disc, and on the same level of Tito Gobbi. Lorin Maazel and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra are utterly fabulous and passionate. This is a flat out perfect performance PERIOD!!!!

Analyzed folder: /96kSS_Sy3_Orm_Mur/96k Saint-Saens Sy3 – Ormandy-Murray
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename

DR12        -1.76 dB     -19.70 dB     A1 Adagio, allegro moderato, poco adagio – Part1.wav
DR13        -7.52 dB     -26.85 dB     A2 Adagio, allegro moderato, poco adagio – Part2.wav
DR9        -0.04 dB     -14.47 dB     B2 Allegro moderato, presto, maestoso, allegro, molto allegro – Part2.wav
DR14        -2.48 dB     -22.11 dB     B1 Allegro moderato, presto, maestoso, allegro, molto allegro – Part1.wav

Number of files:    4
Official DR value:    DR12


Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Limited Edition Denon DL 103 SA
  • 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, 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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21 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Decca) Giacomo Puccini – Tosca (Nilsson/Corelli)

  1. I can’t thank you enough for all the precious treatments you have been giving us lately!
    But, I think, what I savor more is your own personal enthusiasm, so very heartfelt in its spontaneity, that one can’t help feeling overwhelmed by it!
    Keep up the excellent work!

    • Thank you friend…i could die for the music 😉
      Do you know “Music” by John Miles? The beginning text could have been written by myself.

      • Dear Rach,
        I’m afraid I don’t know the book, but be sure that I’ll go looking for it!
        One thing for sure, we share the same great passion for Music!

          • Oops!…
            Does it really show that I’m not very familiar with rock music?…
            It seems that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
            (I’m listening to the song now on YouTube. Well, I think I’ll stick to Scarpia.)

  2. My attachment to this recording when the vinyls came out was Corelli; then I began to like Nilsson much better. But your enthusiasm for Fischer-Dieskau causes me to awaken to his Scarpia this time. My big thing was tenors and baritones that had Italian squillo, and that is not him.

    But — to your technicalities: so big sound without distortion: the opening chords are gut-wrenching!

    Then the ‘forward presence’ to the audience; and just fantastic full sound. And oh, Scarpia’s “Gia il veleno l’ha rosa. (twice) just before the “TE Deum” at the end of Act 1. Io Comprendo!

    Thank you Maestro, Alf.
    With big gratitude to you!


  3. I must have at least 20 Tosca’s including this one on a cheap Opera Double Decca CD set. I look forward to comparing your rip with the CD. I like Nilsson on this but did not find Fischer-Dieskau convincing. Callas from the 50’s is still my fave version. Many thanks for sharing your marvelous rips Mr Rach.

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