Precious Mono Vinyl (EMI) Giacomo Puccini – Tosca – (Callas/Di Stefano/Gobbi)

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# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tito Gobbi
# Orchestra: La Scala Orchestra
# Conductor: Victor De Sabata
# Vinyl (1953)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Angel (EMI)
# ASIN: B000006L72
# Size: 258 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server:  FileFactory

There could be no justification for failing to award five stars or refusing to pay the high prices sometimes required to buy this classic recording of “La Tosca”. The opera itself, already more than 100 years old, is one of the best we have, with three-dimensional characters involved in various levels of conflict, and with a great Puccini score.

Walter Legge was in charge of this production. This “studio” recording was made at La Scala, Milan in the early 1950s. The sometimes-ungrateful acoustics of that renowned theatre have never been heard to better advantage. Just listen to the opening orchestral flourish! Giuseppe di Stefano is vocally very much at home in the role of Cavaradossi, the ardent young painter who is sympathetic to an escaped political prisoner. During his first aria, the comments of the sacristan are not allowed to turn it into a duet. In glorious voice for once, Callas immediately establishes the character of Tosca – imperious, suspicious, and jealous, but at the same time vulnerable and full of longing for the time when she and Cavaradossi can be together after her opera performance of that night. Tito Gobbi too, as Scarpia, is well in command of the vocal range of his part, even the difficult high end, and manages to humanize his role as the manipulative, lustful, and ruthless chief of police.

One does not usually go home after a “Tosca” performance full of admiration for the conductor. The success of this recording, however, is very largely due to the superb drive, thrust and textural clarity achieved by the conductor Victor de Sabata. If any one passage is likely to outlast all others in your memory, it is few minutes before the end of the opera. How that “firing squad” theme seems to shriek here!…

Unforgettable moment like this, and invaluable recordings like this, make us grateful to be able to treasure them forever.

Analyzed folder: /44k Puccini – Tosca – Callas, Di Stefano, Gobbi, De Sabata
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -0.09 dB     -18.13 dB     side1.wav
DR12        -0.22 dB     -16.68 dB     side4.wav
DR14        -0.07 dB     -19.22 dB     side2.wav
DR14        -0.00 dB     -19.43 dB     side3.wav
Number of files:    4
Official DR value:    DR13

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Limited Edition Denon DL103 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 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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39 thoughts on “Precious Mono Vinyl (EMI) Giacomo Puccini – Tosca – (Callas/Di Stefano/Gobbi)

  1. Dimi….only my mind: not thanks to Callas, not Giuseppe…but thank to the mighty, unbeatable, greatest-of-all-baritones TITO GOBBI….he is the bright shining light of this century recording !


    Take care and have fun in your life !

  2. Many thanx for this great recording which I have on vinyl which is unfortunately pretty beat up after all these years. Looking forward to hear a pristine copy.

  3. Hello Rachmaninov, could you please re-up this real gem? Sorry about yesterday, it was a great “baby-match”. Thanks as always.

  4. In the U.S. EMI published this under the Angel label, and as I recall, the fourth side was the angelic logo impressed on the vinyl. How’s my memory: correct or not? Did any of you see that arrangement? OKay, just a bit of trivia.
    The album is beautifully done, Rach, and I too am glad we have it from your handiwork!

    And Oh, the new website looks great! I presume thanks to Whatever is proper!

    Thanks to all musicale amici.

    • Bob, I know very well the Angel-Logo with the little angel on the label 😉 Have many operas on Angel.
      And thank you for the liking the new design…indeed it’s my idea, not whatever’s…

      Whatever is missed many many weeks here, so I thought, I do something new, and when he’s back and don’t likes it, he can change it again.

    • Bob, do you mean the fourth side was empty ? In this case I guess you are wrong, Tosca needed 4 sides on LPs. May be it was Cavalleria or the last side of Sonnambula: I have the latter with “His Master’s Voice” impressed on it…

      Robin (France)

    • unfortunately I don’t have the box anymore…this is a rip I made for my personal joy, before I sold the box, many years ago.
      Try to find a good copy and send it to me…I rip it for us all, here.

  5. Saludo especial a los colaboradores de este bello gesto. Por compartir la buena musica. Ayer estuve comparando la version CD con esta, y solo queda afirmar la superioridad por aqui. Un sonido mas al piso, Y original en mono.

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