Reposted, now on FF
# 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
- 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
If you like what i do, please consider that a little donation would be very appreciate. I reinvest all donations in maintenance of my rig, for purchasing cleaning solutions and, most important of all, purchasing of new vinyls.
Click on the “Donate”-button. Thank you very much !