Stop searching for a great „Forza“, my friends. This 1955 recording (Stereo version issued 1959) is the best complete work by Verdi you can find. Still unbeaten after 58 years!
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# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Renata Tebaldi, Mario Del Monaco, Ettore Bastianini, Fiorenza Cossotto
# Orchestra: Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome
# Conductor: Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
# Vinyl (1959)
# Number of discs: 3
# Format: FLAC
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN: B000SSPL0I
# Size: 3.14 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
It is very difficult to get accoustically good recordings of them, and this Decca 1955 stereo complete studio recording is nothing short of a miracle.
This historical 1955 recording was the first to gather an all stars cast covering all the 6 main roles. Never before and never after at this level for sure. All singers are caught here at their absolute best, and their best was something we do not hear these days. Molinari Pradelli, who was one of the leading conductors of the era, today sounds a bit outdated, nevertheless it holds the ship with authority like many of his peers of the period (Gavazzeni, Erede, Capuana,a/o).
The singers are absolutely the best for the role, Del Monaco sings with fierce voice when required, but can be tender lover for his Leonora, and his dynamics are fine. He shows it in his main aria (after the recitativo “la vita è inferno all’infelice” at the start of the aria ” O tu che in seno agli angeli”)and in various other occasions (“ne gustare m’è dato un’ora di quiete”, after the battle and in other moments) where he holds the voice showing that he could do it when required.
Those who talk about loud singing simply go for stereotypes without having listened properly to the recording. It is a pleasure to listen to his duets with the great Bastianini. Renata Tebaldi, is Leonora, no one else can come close. Her “La Vergine degli Angeli” is said to have caused some conversions to catholicism. Be it as it may, surely we are looking at something never repeated after. Her partnership with del Monaco here is probably at its best. Bastianini had probably the most beautiful baritone voice ever recorded, even if at times this was privileged over technical accuracy. Despite this, his Don Carlo keeps at far distance any other and his duets with Mario are simply electrifying. Siepi was the best bass voice those days and his “morbidezza” was legendary.
No score could cause him any trouble, and Forza does not take him to task, he flies high with class and elegance, greatly missed after his retirement. Corena, basso buffo, is at ease in the clownish Fra’ Melitone role even if some top notes present clearly some problems. Simionato was a luxury for Preziosilla role and she delivers it with ease, but it was not her role and the impression is more of a marketing necessity rather than anything else.
All the other minor roles are covered with dignity by those involved. This recording, to me, is one of the few that can be considered “perfect” in the sense that all gave their absolute best and they were also at their best at that particular time. Rare occurrence.
Analyzed folder: /96k Verdi – La Forza Del Destino – Tebaldi-MDM
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -1.02 dB -20.23 dB sideA.wav
DR12 -1.03 dB -18.21 dB sideB.wav
DR13 -1.11 dB -20.79 dB sideD.wav
DR13 -1.42 dB -20.48 dB sideC.wav
DR11 -1.12 dB -17.56 dB sideF.wav
DR13 -1.16 dB -19.84 dB sideE.wav
DR12 -1.12 dB -19.22 dB sideH.wav
DR13 -1.03 dB -19.00 dB sideG.wav
Number of files: 8
Official DR value: DR13
- 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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