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This is really a very good recording, one of the best. Renata Tebaldi was a perfect Manon; she could sing as an angel, but also with great passion (Sola, perduta, abbandonata). Mario del Monaco was one of the best Des Grieux’s, perhaps more heroic in some moments, but his voice was always under perfect control. Truly, a “tenore robusto”.
# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Renata Tebaldi, Mario Del Monaco, Fernando Corena
# Orchestra: Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome
# Conductor: Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
# Vinyl (1954)
# Number of discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B00000E4LA
# Size: 2.07 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
This is a truly wonderful recording; and all-out winner.
Manon Lescaut is one of Puccini’s best works. The arias are beautiful, and the orchestration highly effective, and the drama is even fuller than La Boheme, if not as powerful as Tosca.
The cast in this recording is truly first class, with the ‘golden pair’ of the era Renata Tebaldi in the title role and Mario del Monaco as the hero, supported by Corena as Lescaut.
The choir and orchestra of Santa Cecilia Academy of Rome conducted by Pradelli poured forth typically the best of Italian classicism in this all-Italian performance.
Monaco is robust in tone, but his characterisation is fully in sync with the score, and he was in prime voice in this recording, so is Renata Tebaldi in the title role. His soft singing was exquisite and his overall interpretation exceedingly tasteful and in character, fully passionate and yet refined.
The two famous arias ‘In Quelle Trine Morbide’ and ‘Sola e Perduta Abbandonata’ are so well rendered by Tebaldi that you would have to hear them to believe. Tebaldi had none of her latter flatness here, and the voice was as pure and deep as a highland glacier lake.
The duets of Monaco and Tebaldi are again highlights of this recording. If you thought that Monaco was to stolid and ‘robust’, you’d have to listen this recording to remove that misconception about del Monaco.
The chorus were heavenly and Pradelli got the absolutely ‘right’ approach in conducting this work, bringing out the full colours and emotions with good detail and great musical flair.
Analyzed folder: /96kGP_MaLes_TebMDM/96k Puccini – Manon Lescaut – Tebaldi-Del Monaco
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR12 -1.02 dB -17.91 dB side1.wav
DR14 -1.17 dB -20.39 dB side2.wav
DR14 -0.83 dB -20.95 dB side3.wav
DR12 -1.25 dB -18.14 dB side4.wav
DR14 -1.46 dB -20.98 dB side5.wav
DR13 -1.33 dB -20.60 dB side6.wav
Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR13
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