High-Def Vinyls 96K24B (Decca) Umberto Giordano – Andrea Chenier (Tebaldi/Del Monaco)

Stop searching for “Chenier” – this is the only one “Chenier” that you need. Dedicated to my beloved uncle, there in heaven, a great Del Monaco-Fan, that made me to an operatics specialist.
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# Composer: Umberto Giordano
# Performer: Mario Del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi, Ettore Bastianini, Fernando Corena
# Orchestra: Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome

# Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
# Vinyls (1957/58)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Label: London (Decca)

# ASIN CD: B00000E42X
# Size: 2.06 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

If you like grand opera sung in the grand manner, this one’s for you. Tebaldi and Del Monaco pull out all the stops here, and the singing is glorious. Tebaldi never sounded better, and if Giordano provided us with a bit of “anything you can sing, I can sing louder,” well, this is verismo after all. Here is some of the greatest singing on disc.

This recording proves why this opera can hardly be performed today. This style of singing no longer exists. It has three huge and beautiful Italian voices singing with a connection to a tradition that has disconnect a number of decades already. Hearts on the sleeve and full fledged Latin passion is heard here.

Andrea Chenier is one of the best examples of verisimo opera. It Giordano’s most popular opera and contains the aria “La Mamma morta” used in the movie “Philadelphia” (remember when Tom Hanks, with closed eyes and crying, explains to Denzel Washington this aria). You won’t hear a more idiomatic and all-around excellent recording than this 1957 Decca recording. The cast and conductor are all in superb form!

Mario Del Monaco sings here one of his most famous roles and he’s a thrilling Andrea Chenier! The voice is captured at it’s best with ringing high notes and strong, handsome low ones. This is in my opinion his best studio recording (though many say it’s La Gioconda). I’ve also listened to Corelli’s impressive Chenier and though Franco is wonderful, it’s Mario I prefer listening to.

If Franco Corelli would be my second choice for an excellent Chenier when it comes to the role of Maddalena, there is no second choice. Renata Tebaldi IS Maddalena! It sounds as if the role was written for her instrument and personality. Her “La Mamma morta” (or any other moment) will blow you away! You feel the sorrow and pain of this woman in Tebaldi’s singing.

But the show goes on with another legend, Ettore Bastiannini who sings Geronte. Needless to say, he sings like a God! Like these three were not enough, decca chose the young but certainly promising mezzo Fiorenza Cossotto for the role of Bersi. And how happy we are that Gavazzeni is the conductor! Decca didn’t often record operas with great conductors in the 50s but Gavazzeni is an exception.

On the whole, a grand verisimo opera and a legendary recording in excellent stereo sound! Don’t miss this!



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Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR13


  • Composer: Umberto Giordano
  • Performer: Mario Del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi, Ettore Bastianini, Fernando Corena
  • Orchestra: Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni


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, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, 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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17 thoughts on “High-Def Vinyls 96K24B (Decca) Umberto Giordano – Andrea Chenier (Tebaldi/Del Monaco)

  1. I can’t agree more that this is a definitive version of a great work, and thank you for sharing it with us!
    Since I encountered certain problems in downloading and extracting the .wav files, allow me to explain briefly what I did in order to deal with them.
    The .rar files of part05 come into two pieces, which unfortunately bear exactly the same name. As a result, the otherwise excellent JDownloader treats one of the two as a “mirror file; file already exists”, and does NOT download it, resulting in an aborted extraction in the end.
    One simply has to open the original Hotfile folder and download the other half part05 separately.
    Then I renamed one of the two halves. I followed the safe way: I opened one of the part05.rar files and “repaired” it: Tools > Repair archive, so that it would get an “official” rar identity.
    Finally, I gathered all the .rar files in one folder and proceeded with the Extract phase.
    All sides (A, B, C, D, E & F) of the original LP rip appeared.
    Now I am happily listening to them, blessing Rach’s uncle.
    Thank you.

  2. Hi….no no no, my fault 😥
    part05 is NOT splitted. The smaller one (part05) is an interrupted upload. When i later made a new (complete) upload i forgot to delete the smaller file.

    So, now it’s really deleted. You too, delete it and let the bigger file.

    That’s all.

    • Well, dear Rach, one way or the other, I got all the original LP rip faces, which is what really counts.
      Your useful hint though will save other donloaders some trouble. Still, JDownloader will not recognize the mistake and will download the smaller part (the problematic one) first just because it is smaller! Hence, one has to go the traditional manual way, and decompress in the end.
      Thank you again.

  3. A thousand thanks, Rach, you wizard! Couldn’t agree more, this is THE REAL THING, and the Teb/del M duo sing the socks off the competition. Never heard the final duet so thrilling! But the real reason I write to send you thanks is that DECCA’s CD version has quite a harsh sound that doesn’t begin to do justice to what must have been heard in the studio. Your tap reveals the true beauty of these incredible voices. For that I’m VERY grateful. DECCA have done great job with the Solti Ring recently, and perhaps they’ll eventually get round to remastering this wonderful recording, but until then – you’re King!

  4. This is my first high resolution vinyl rip – up to now I’ve stuck with CDs, and marvellous they are, too. Thankyou. But this download is a total revelation! Wonderful copy and superb work to get it so right, thankyou very much. Now I’ll have to take on board some other high res. d/loads! Lots of work ahead. Thank you again.

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