a little known operatic gem by Puccini Reposted, now in HD and with FF links
This is the best recording of Puccini’s first opera. The music is beautiful and powerful. There are so many great moments in this opera, and Scotto and Domingo show great artistry in this recording. Their duet at the begining is very moving and their exchange at the end of the opera is thrilling. Domingo’s aria at the end has never been sung better by anyone. Cura, and Alagna can’t touch him.
# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Renata Scotto, Placido Domingo, Leo Nucci, Tito Gobbi
# Orchestra: National Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Lorin Maazel
# Vinyl (1980)
# Format: Flac
# Label: CBS
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B0000025J1
# Size: 1.31 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF
Puccini’s first opera ‘Le Villi’, even in the revised version recorded here, bears all the marks of having been rushed in a few months for a competition deadline (he lost), and being based on a sloppy, almost comically inept libretto. As ‘Suor Angelica’ would later prove, the supernatural never suited Puccini’s prosaic temperament (although, effectively, the ghost of the dead heroine here inspires ghostly remembrances of the earlier part of the score); the eerie atmosphere the Villi (restless spirits of women who died before marriage, revenging themselves by dancing their faithless men to death) should evoke is botched by abrupt plotting; and the climax, in which the anti-hero Roberto is chased in a ballet by furious spirits, after a ‘Tannhauser’-like reunion scene, verges on the ridiculous.
What saves this opera is its intimations of future greatness; the epic, orchestrally rich melodies synonymous with Puccini; the communal, dancing jubilation that opens the work, anticipating the heady second act of ‘La Boheme’; the gloomy funeral dirge looking to the famous ‘Intermezzo’ of ‘Manon Lescaut’; the plot about a woman abandoned by a fickle man, and an extraordinary, extended love duet hinting at ‘Madama Butterfly’. further, the bulk of Act 2 is taken up with an amazing, long, broken series of anguished arias by Roberto, lamenting his moral weakness, the loss of his betrothed and communal warmth, and the intolerable weight of remorse figured ironically in the wispy sprites tormenting him.
Analyzed folder: /Users/alfredo/Desktop/ HiResMusic/96k Puccini – Le Villi – Scotto-Domingo
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -0.68 dB -18.89 dB sideA.wav
DR13 -0.42 dB -19.34 dB sideB.wav
Number of files: 2
Official DR value: DR13
- RCM: Okki Nokki
- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- System: Special Edition Denon DL 103
- Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
- Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
- ADC/DAC: RME Fireface UC
- 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 -> Wave 32 bit/96 kHz
- Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising
You hear some clicks and pops here and there? Who cares?
I better let some light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
- DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
- Converting Wave 32bit/96kHz -> Flac 24bit/96kHz: Twisted Wave
- Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5
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