Special HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca&London) Giacomo Puccini – Il Trittico (Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Il Tabarro)

Completely new rips, now with FF links
No panic: the three rips were made several weeks ago, so they don’t suffer of the known problems of the last days. I only had now the time to end-process them and make the pics.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Renata Tebaldi, Mario Del Monaco, Fernando Corena, Robert Merrill
# Orchestra: Maggio Fiorentino Musicale
# Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
# Vinyls (1962)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: London + Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 14-15-14
# ASIN: B0000041PC
# Size: 2.44 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: rapidshare


One can look at this set as either a Tebaldi fest or as three opera recordings. In terms of a tour de force for Renata Tebaldi, two of the works show her at her finest, Sour Angelica and Il Tabarro. She is fine in Schicchi, but no one is going to mistake her for a young soubrette. In the other two she is extraordinary. I have often felt that recordings did not capture the grandeur of her voice heard live in which her pianissimo high notes were crystalline and she shook the walls when she sang out. These recordings do just that.

Renata Tebaldi is indisputably the star here. The roles of Suor Angelica and Giorgetta fit her the most. However, her Lauretta is certainly not less memorable. Her “o mio babbino caro” ,for example, is not only beautifully vocalized, as most sopranos do, but at the same time she manages to inject feelings in the singing. Once again she proves that she is the ultimate Puccinian soprano. Whereas most sopranos produce sweet sounds and whisper, she knows exactly how each role is supposed to sound. She speaks through her singing. This recording would have sounded even better, if recorded a few years earlier with Tebaldi at the peak of her powers.

Il trittico has a fraction of the recordings — and sells a fraction of the tickets — as La Boheme or Tosca, so we are lucky to have two classic sets. both deserve five stars, I think, even though they have matching strengths and weaknesses. I’m referring to this Decca set from the early Sixties, taped in Florecne, and a mostly mono set on EMI taped in Rome almost a decade earlier. If you’re deciding between them, here are some comparisons.

Il tabarro – Beginning with the least popular of the trilogy, the rivalry isn’t close. The Decca set is in atmospheric stereo, well conducted by the reliable Gardelli, and boasting a thoroughly stellar cast in Tebaldi and Del Monaco as the ill-starred lovers and Robert Merrill as the murderous avenging husband, Michele. The EMI set is in boxy mono with lots of audible distortion — the singers are suffocatingly close to the mike — and mediocre conducting, when you can hear it. Tito Gobbi gives a charismatic reading of Michele, one of his greatest, in fact, but the forgettable Margaret Mas as Giorgetta and Giacinto Prandelli as the hapless Luigi were poor choices to fill out the cast.

Suor Angelica – In this lachrymose example of catholic kitsch, Tebaldi is in prime territory and gives an affecting performance, but she’s up against Victoria de los Angeles giving a great one. Touching as she s, Tebaldi can’t approach de los Angeles for humility and humanity. In other respects the cast and conducting seem to be on a par — neither matters all that much — although the esteemed Tulio Serafin may be a draw on EMI to some listeners. Once again Decca’s stereo far surpasses EMI’s limited, boxy mono. Both Angelicas are worthy contributors to their respective sets.

Gianni Schicchi – Here the balance of musical values goes to EMI because of a dominating performance by Gobbi as a wily, witty Schicchi, whom no one has surpassed in six decades. De los Angeles makes an incomparable Lauretta, but this is a one-aria role, and Tebaldi scales down her voice to give us a magnificent “O mio babbino caro” in her own right. Here the imbalance has to do with comic presentation. The Decca set is cartoonish, with a buffo Schicchi from Fernando Corena that is cut from the same cloth as his vaudeville Sacristan in Tosca. EMI is far preferable in its more sophisticated, less broad comedy. Too much mugging ruins this opera, I think, and EMI gives us serviceable stereo, so the superiority of Decca’s sound isn’t so pronounced.


Credits – Suor Angelica

  • Chorus Master – Adolfo Fanfani
  • Composed By – Puccini*
  • Conductor – Lamberto Gardelli
  • Ensemble – Chorus And Orchestra Of The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino*
  • Libretto By – Forzano*
  • Liner Notes – Erik Smith
  • Mastered By – G (22)
  • Mezzo-soprano Vocals [Lay Sister] – Lucia Danieli
  • Mezzo-soprano Vocals [The Mistress Of The Novices, Sister Infirmaress] – Anna Di Stasio
  • Mezzo-soprano Vocals [The Mother Superior, Abbess] – Miti Trucato Pace*
  • Mezzo-soprano Vocals [The Princess, Her Aunt] – Giulietta Simionato
  • Soprano Vocals [Suor Angelica, A Nun] – Renata Tebaldi
  • Soprano Vocals [Suor Dolcina, Lay Sister] – Giuliana Tavolaccini
  • Soprano Vocals [Suor Genovieffa, Alm Sister, A Novice] – Dora Carral
  • Soprano Vocals [Suor Osmina, Alm Sister] – Jeda Valtriani

Credits – Gianni Schicchi

  • Bass Vocals – Fernando Corena
  • Chorus – Chorus Of The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino*
  • Chorus Master – Adolfo Fanfani
  • Conductor – Lamberto Gardelli
  • Libretto By – Giovacchino Forzano
  • Mastered By – G (22)
  • Orchestra – Orchestra Of The Maggio Fiorentino
  • Soprano Vocals – Renata Tebaldi

Credits – Il Tabarro

  • Composed By – Puccini*
  • Conductor – Lamberto Gardelli
  • Ensemble – Chorus And Orchestra Of The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino*
  • Baritone – Robert Merrill
  • Soprano  – Renata Tebaldi
  • Tenor – Mario Del Monaco


Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Limited Edition Denon DL 103 SA
  • Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • 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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9 thoughts on “Special HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca&London) Giacomo Puccini – Il Trittico (Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Il Tabarro)

  1. Sir Rach – May I trouble you to please re-up this one as well to one of your newer servers? Thank you, as always. – Thank Full.

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