HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Decca) Giuseppe Verdi – Nabucco (Suliotis/Gobbi)

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The wonderful Elena and the magnificent Tito for you

# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Tito Gobbi, Elena Suliotis, Bruno Prevedi, Carlo Cava
# Orchestra: Vienna Opera Orchestra
# Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli

# Vinyl (1965)
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 14

# Size: 2.37 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

God bless Elena and Tito. This was my first introduction to Verdi’s first masterpiece – I bought it on vinyl. As an opera it has fantastic pace. Add Tito Gobbi to the mix with his supreme interpretation (see “Chi mi toglie il regio scettro”) and it is complete. Gobbi understood theatre; he infuses drama in every phrase. Then you have Elena Suliotis – one of my favourite dramatic sopranos – she is outstanding here.

Sinopoli’s digital EMI recording of this opera, with Cappuccilli, is a very good one, but this Decca recording has the theatrical magic that the more refined EMI recording can’t quite match, for all its virtues and generally excellent cast. Lamberto Gardelli isn’t afraid of this opera’s crude energy — it was Verdi’s third opera — and he gives it its head. The 1965 sound is very good, in the Decca manner of the Solti Ring days, with plenty of presence for the orchestra and the voices. The Vienna chorus sounds full and true here, and they have an important role to play throughout, and the Italian bass Carlo Cava (who never had the reputation of Siepi or Ghiaurov) is a splendid Zaccaria, with power and warmth when needed, and stressed only a bit on one or two top notes. The Ismaele is Bruno Prevedi (Domingo took the role for Sinopoli) and he has the requisite power and tenderness in what isn’t a lot more than a comprimario role. Then of course there are the principals. Tito Gobbi is an absolute wonder as Nabucco, with plenty of power for the loud stuff (Nabucco’s default mode!) and yet the tenderness for the great Act 3 duet in which he pleads with his illegitimate daughter for his other daughter’s life. All told, Act 3 of this recording — which includes “Va Pensiero” and a fine solo for Zaccaria — is one of the great triumphs of all recorded opera. If Gobbi is a wonder, Elena Souliotis, the Abigaille, is even more of one. The role is fiendishly difficult, and she attacks it with total commitment and security. The exposed high notes, and they are many (part of HER default mode) are fearlessly sung. Both she and Gobbi, as well as Gardelli, understand that subtlety isn’t the point in this opera — it’s raw and it’s alive, and they deliver the goods as no other recording has quite done.

 Analyzed folder: /96k Verdi – Nabucco – Suliotis-Gobbi
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR14        -1.18 dB     -19.80 dB     side1.wav
 DR13        -1.14 dB     -18.80 dB     side2.wav
 DR13        -1.58 dB     -20.38 dB     side3.wav
 DR14        -0.80 dB     -19.63 dB     side4.wav
 DR14        -1.30 dB     -19.57 dB     side5.wav
 DR14        -1.87 dB     -21.08 dB     side6.wav
 Number of files:    6
 Official DR value:    DR14


  • Baritone Vocals – Tito Gobbi
  • Bass Vocals – Carlo Cava, Giovanni Foiani
  • Choir – Wiener Staatsopernchor (tracks: Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor)
  • Composed By – Giuseppe Verdi
  • Conductor – Lamberto Gardelli
  • Orchestra – Orchester Der Wiener Staatsoper (tracks: Wiener Opernorchester)
  • Soprano Vocals – Anna D’Auria, Dora Carral, Elena Souliotis
  • Tenor Vocals – Bruno Prevedi, Walter Kräutler

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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18 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Decca) Giuseppe Verdi – Nabucco (Suliotis/Gobbi)

  1. Dear Rachmaninov,

    Thank you so much for this. I was waiting for it. I’ve seen Nabucco in Bastille Opera in Paris and it was Marvalous. Thank you

  2. Friend and audiophile,

    I need your help.

    I’ve been immensely enjoying playing through the discs of Nabucco. Love that opera.

    However, at about 3:05 ofover 25:00 of side 5 the sound just quits; poof! Nada!No More!
    I re-tried it four times with the same result.
    Disc 1-4 were well nigh perfect; I havent tried side 6 yet.
    But five is in trouble.

    Any suggestions?
    With many thanks:

    Bob from Georgia USA

  3. Hello again, Rachmaninov:

    After writing the last note to you I went back and tried again.

    This time it stopped the sound at 3:27-28, flashed a :58 on the time counter, and quit.

    I’m using a free VLC player to do flac, so I tried again, but slid the player knob over to 5 minutes or so and it played, seemingly, OK. So, I know there is sound after 3:28, but not without a manual bit of help.

    Any suggestions how to get past the break in sound naturally?

    Bob, again

    • Hi Bob….sorry to read this. I opened the file “side5” with one of my music editors and everything is OK, as you can see here:


      I have from time to time problems with HD-flac files: means that i have only distorsions, when i burn a CD, or have “jumping” music when i only listen to, on my computer.

      BUT…all this kind of troubles are weeped away when i first convert from flac to wave. And this is the reason, why i prefer to offer wave and not flac anymore. In this case of this NABUCCO, i made the rip some months ago.

      Do you have the possibility to convert into wave? Otherwise i can do this here and create new rar-archives and upload them instead of the old(flac)archives.

  4. Love this version after first listen. Will compare with my Sinopoli version soon. Many thanks for ripping & sharing.

  5. Thanks so much, I download all!! but when I want to uncompress the file it asks me a password!
    thanks so much for this great Opera. ! I love it!! and I want to listen next to my mother, is my mum favourite Opera!! thanks again!!

    • I found the password!! I did´t read well at the end of the Post!!
      again thanks for this incredible project
      to share most beautiful music!

  6. Rachmaninov, I’ve downloaded so many things from here that I never would have tried had it not been for your rips. This is one of my favorite finds out of your posts. What a performance! Thank you for all your hard work.

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