Particular HD-Vinyls 96/24 (RCA) Giacomo Puccini – La Bohéme (De Los Angeles/Björling/Merrill)

Thank you Bob, for this precious gift ! Reposted, now on FF

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Singers: Victoria De Los Angeles, Jussi Björling, Robert Merrill a. o.
# Orchestra: RCA Victor Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
# Vinyl (1956)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA
# Size: 1.07 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Every so often in the recording industry, there’s a miracle, and this is one of them. This 1956 recording was organized quickly in New York, not on the heels of a stage performance and not even with a noted orchestra. All the right singers were in town at the same time–some popping in to sing a few bars before heading for the airport–and the result is the single greatest recording of this oft-recorded opera. The leads–Victoria de Los Angeles and Jussi Björling–would make it special in any case. But Robert Merrill is excellent and Lucine Amara is a light-voiced, French-sounding, ultra-stylish Musetta. This is also the only full-length Puccini recording by the great conductor Sir Thomas Beecham. A classic. –David Patrick Stearns

I know there are many great performances of Boheme, but this, to my mind, is the one to worship. It has everything going for it.
I think one of the best parts of the recording is, in fact, the conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham…now, he may have been more famous for his “lollipops” that he frequently programmed and for his taste for the unknown, and I don’t think he was the greatest conductor ever, but he certainly rises to the occasion here. I read somewhere that he thought this was one of the best orchestrated pieces in the repertoire, and that he loved this opera more than almost anything else, and his conducting certainly reflects those notions. the result is amazing. His sense of rubato is uncanny, he knows where to bring out the orchestra, when to lead singers, when to have the singer(s) take over, etc. The RCA victor orchestra, just a pickup orchestra essentially, surpasses itself and has never sounded better.
The cast is impeccable, possibly the best ever assembled. De los Angeles is a superb Mimi, portraying this sickly character without a trace of exaggeration, but certainly not without passion and emotion. And what a glorious voice too!
Glorious voice definitely applies to Jussi Bjoerling, one of my favorite singers. I was always familiar with him, for my dad is professional opera singer and has virtually every Bjoerling recording, even the acoustic ones before his voice changed! Rodolfo was also Bjoerling’s signature role: he made his Met debut with it. Just listen to “che gelida manina” and prepare for some stunning singing.
The rest of the cast is exemplary: robert Merrill, who I dont’ think ever had a bad singing day, is an excellent Marcello, tozzi a wise-sounding Colline, John Reardon an enthusiastic Schaunard, Lucine Amara a flighty Musetta, as the role should be, and last but not least, the inimitable fernando corena as the pesky landlord, possibly the most comical ever.
This recording should be listened to, not talked about, so get it already!


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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20 thoughts on “Particular HD-Vinyls 96/24 (RCA) Giacomo Puccini – La Bohéme (De Los Angeles/Björling/Merrill)

  1. From US…Wow, the power of sharing! I didn’t know this mono edition. Superwoman Lucine Amara (Musetta) is alive, born in 1924! THANKS BOB THANKS BOB THANKS BOB THANKS BOB THANKS BOB THANKS BOB THANKS BOB THANKS BOB, from an opera lover 😀

  2. Buon giorno, amico mio;

    I just downloaded Boheme at Noon EST US from Hot File.

    My premium account expires in March.
    No Rachmaninov, No Hot File!

    Thanks for all the good work you’ve done.

    The fault is to go around everywhere. Music producers and sellers in New York, Hollywood, Nashville, et al. have pressured US Gov’t to do this. It is Politics and money.

    I know my words are no comfort, only a rationale.
    What we’ve shared has been beautiful music, and that doesn’t fade away.

    Ciao for now, Amico mio.


  3. Well done, Bob! I’ll never understand how this can damage music industry… how many copies of this particular vinyl do they sell? I think very few. By sharing this we are giving life again to those great artists!! Thanks Bob and Merry Xmas

    • oh com’on Guenni, this was made with the Special Edition DL103 SA, a very good cart, before it was damaged.
      Please, I cannot re-rip every thing with the Black Bird….otherwise I would next year need a new cart and re-start the donation session ?
      Better no, I think!
      The reupload will come in a few hours.

  4. That is the most beautiful picture on the website to me.
    Glad its back in the mainstream again!

    Whe I think of it, Rach, I get sick that I displosed of so many older vinyl Albums you could have beautified for posterity.


  5. nevertheless – thanks it works with FF very well.

    This is one of the everlasting Opera Productions ever heard – i got the cd but your rips are much more better than this.

  6. A very noisy vinyl, but clear and bright sound, so thanks for your effort.
    Mimi’s first act aria is marred by partial loss of sound (Rodolfo’s ‘si’ is missing) but I fixed that up on my transfer to DVD Audio by replacing it with the serviceable 24-96 file from Qobuz .. the Qobuz transfer is good transfer but it overall sounds comparatively dull compared to this one. Mimi’s aria however is just fine so it makes a fine replacement for this damaged section.
    If you ever do manage to track down a better quality vinyl pressing, this classic performance would certainly warrant a new transfer. In the meantime, thanks heaps.

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