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