High-Definition Vinyls 96K-24B (EMI/Angel) Giacomo Puccini – Turandot (Nilsson/Corelli)

Complete new rip, with the new engines – many thanks to a friend from the Lake Michigan for this precious box-set
At the Met, in the mid 60’s, she was the reigning Turandot. She sang opposite dramatic tenor Franco Corelli in productions which became legendary and were always sold out. This recording provides us with a glimpse of what it must have been like at that point in time. Corelli and Nilsson are the power behind this splendid album.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Birgit Nilsson, Franco Corelli, Renata Scotto, Bonaldo Giaiotti
# Orchestra: Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rome/Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
# Vinyl (1966)
# Number of discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 11
# ASIN CD: B000002SE0
# Size: 2.29 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

This is one of the best three recordings of Turandot ever made. The singing is magnificent. Firstly, there is one of the greatest sopranos of the 20th Century, Birgit Nilsson in her prime. Her rendition of ‘In Questa Reggia’ is at once chilling, startling and awesome. There is really no other soprano I have ever heard to compare with her in this role. I own the Sutherland recording and La Stupenda is wonderful but she would never have sung this role in an opera house as her voice was not big enough. Nilsson sang Turandot regularly throughout her long career. The only lady who possibly matched her in this role is another Swede named Inge Borkh. Secondly, we have Franco Corelli, who sings so beautifully and with such passion. He is every bit Nilsson’s equal. This is really very fine singing and the ‘famous’ tenors that have followed him are in his shadow in my opinion, except Del Monaco and Pavarotti.

Birgit Nilsson was above all a Wagnerian soprano. She made all the great Wagner heroines come to life with great realism and technical perfection – Brunhilde and Isolde are her greatest roles. Nevertheless, being an artist, she expanded her repertoire away from Wagner and into the one heavy role of Empress Turandot. She has no problem singing in Italian, and as the Ice Princess she is believably cold, arrogant, powerful, goddess-like. On stage, she was considered the greatest Turandot of her day. Coincidentally, at the time of this recording, she was quite busy undertaking various projects, among them Brunhilde in Karl Bohm’s album of Der Ring Des Nibelungen. Turandot is a powerful diva role, calling for solid and soaring high notes, a dramatic and forceful inflection and a transformation in the end. When she is kissed by Calaf, she is tamed and suddenly a changed woman in love, with a generous nature and with no bloodlust of which she suffered before. I like to think the role ought to be played as if she is under a spell until the spell is broken at the end through Calaf’s kiss. Under her spell, she is consumed with rage and vengeance against all men, especially for foreigners such as the ones who killed her much revered ancestor Empress Lo-u-Ling. Nilsson sings the story in the definitive version of the aria “In Questa Reggia”. Franco Corelli, a sexy pre-Placido Domingo type, is quite noble in the famous aria which has become the signature and ambition for all tenors- “Nessun Dorma”. This is it.

 Analyzed folder: /96kGP_Tur_NilCor/96k Puccini – Turandot – Nilsson-Corelli
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR12        -0.43 dB     -18.13 dB     96k Puccini – Turandot – Nilsson-Corelli – Side A.wav
 DR12        -0.97 dB     -18.30 dB     96k Puccini – Turandot – Nilsson-Corelli – Side B.wav
 DR12        -1.06 dB     -18.65 dB     96k Puccini – Turandot – Nilsson-Corelli – Side C.wav
 DR10        -0.56 dB     -14.78 dB     96k Puccini – Turandot – Nilsson-Corelli – Side D.wav
 DR11        -0.89 dB     -17.54 dB     96k Puccini – Turandot – Nilsson-Corelli – Side E.wav
 DR10        -0.80 dB     -14.22 dB     96k Puccini – Turandot – Nilsson-Corelli – Side F.wav
 Number of files:    6
 Official DR value:    DR11



  • Bass Vocals, Performer [Ping, Gran Cancelliere] – Guido Mazzini
  • Bass Vocals, Performer [Timur, Re Barbaro Spodestato] – Bonaldo Giaiotti
  • Chorus – Coro Del Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma
  • Chorus Master – Gianni Lazzari
  • Conductor – Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
  • Libretto By – Giuseppe Adami, Renato Simoni
  • Orchestra – Orchestra Del Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma
  • Soprano Vocals, Performer [1a Voce] – Jeda Valtriani
  • Soprano Vocals, Performer [2a Voce] – Ida Farina
  • Soprano Vocals, Performer [La Principessa Turandot] – Birgit Nilsson
  • Soprano Vocals, Performer [Liu, Giovine Schiava] – Renata Scotto
  • Tenor Vocals, Performer [Il Principe Ignoto (calaf) Suo Figlio] – Franco Corelli
  • Tenor Vocals, Performer [Il Principino Di Persia] – Piero De Palma
  • Tenor Vocals, Performer [L’imperatore Altoum] – Angelo Mercuriali
  • Tenor Vocals, Performer [Pang, Gran Provveditore] – Franco Ricciardi
  • Tenor Vocals, Performer [Pong, Gran Cuciniere] – Piero De Palma
  • Written-By – Giacomo Puccini

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
  • Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box RS
  • ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
  • 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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22 thoughts on “High-Definition Vinyls 96K-24B (EMI/Angel) Giacomo Puccini – Turandot (Nilsson/Corelli)

  1. Thank you for the 5th “Tourandot” from your wonderful collection!

    Dear Friend, will you excuse my off-top and rather personal question:

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  2. Wow Rach,
    No new comments since 2011?

    Well since this a new rip I look forward to it. I agree with you about Nilsson and Corelli.
    I had this LP Album years ago when it first came out. I love Corelli’s squillo.
    And I love your work. Thanks for your hospitality and generosity. I am benefitted by you more than I could ever repay. So thank you, signor!

    • My friend Bob, after all these years it’s always a great pleasure to me, to see how entusiastic your heart and soul act, whenever I post operas. You are my man, you know this. It’s for me the greatest compliment, when you post some great words. You are an operatic soul and me too, I am Un’Anima Da Opera

  3. One of the big ones. Thank you for this Turandot, truly one of my favorite operas. And with such heavy hitters singing! Can hardly wait to enjoy it.

  4. Thank you very much for this Turandot (and all the other music, too). After listening to your vinyl, CD becomes very common. You seem to have a marvelous collection and I, for one, am very glad you choose to share it.

  5. Thank you very much! Heard Birgit Nilsson in this role in Stockholm with Jussi Björling’s son as Calaf. But this recording is priceless for Corelli (all the anecdotes of him and Nilsson’s in this opera! – mainly told by her) and it sounds absolutely fab!

  6. Thank you! This one’s for my girlfriend, who wanted to hear a worthy performance of this opera after crappy local performances here at Mexico!

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