HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA Living Stereo) Gioacchino Rossini – Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (Merrill/Peters/Valletti)

Got this original item for almost nothing – it was, not ordered, among a dozen of ordered operas, so I can now replace the old 16/44 version with this HD version.

# Composer: Gioacchino Rossini
# Singer: Robert Merrill, Roberta Peters, Cesare Valletti, Fernando Corena
# Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
# Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
# Vinyl (1958)
# Number of Discs: 4
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: B000003G4F
# Size: 3.57 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

A simply outstanding recording of Rossini’s most popular opera. This recording commemorates an historic Metropolitan Opera production from the early 1950s, during the first few years of the Bing regime.

Merrill is in his prime (which means he is untouchable by any other baritone, in my opinion), showing that a huge, dramatic baritone can successfully maneuver the coloratura of this work. His rendition of the Largo Al Factotum is the best on record, anywhere, with the ringing and easy top notes necessary for the role of Figaro.

Tozzi’s bass is gorgeous, also in his prime. Valletti is a light, but not too light, tenor with great flexibility. Corena is in full form singing one of his signature roles.

Add in Leinsdorf and you have a close-to-perfect performance.

Analyzed folder: /96k Rossini – Barber Of Seville – Merrill-Peters-Valletti
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -0.48 dB -18.81 dB sideA.wav
DR15 -0.57 dB -20.95 dB sideB.wav
DR16 -0.83 dB -22.55 dB sideC.wav
DR14 -1.18 dB -20.39 dB sideD.wav
DR12 -0.93 dB -18.53 dB sideE.wav
DR15 -0.79 dB -20.83 dB sideF.wav
DR15 -0.79 dB -21.33 dB sideG.wav
DR12 -0.65 dB -18.61 dB sideH.wav
Number of files: 8
Official DR value: DR14

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Denon DL 103 (loaned)
  • NEW ! Phono stage: 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 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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19 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA Living Stereo) Gioacchino Rossini – Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (Merrill/Peters/Valletti)

  1. Una delle migliori interpretazioni del Barbiere di Siviglia. In particolare brilla la voce del tenore Cesare Valletti !
    Raccomando di ascoltare in particolare il finale con tutte le voci.

  2. How fortunate I am to have you Hi-Deffing nearly all my original vinyl library; I only had 1000 albums of complete operas. Keep bringing them on, Rach.

    Thaaaaaank You.

  3. First of all, many thanks by rip. I would like to ask you about technical question (as usual jajaja). What do you think about quality sound (warm) of PC audio cards like for example Asus Xonar. Im asking about if the PC world nowadays offer an alternative (in high end segment) in compare with analogic (one of your rips, reproducing by hardcore PC audio card VS your analog system- using the same loudspeakers). Thanks.

  4. Hi
    Part 8 ”This file is no longer available due to an unexpected server error. If you are the owner of this file, it will need to be re-uploaded”

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