To my friend Spearo
Somewhen in the 70s I had a highlights record of this recording. I remember, it blew me away on hearing Milnes, a baritone, singing some high tunes like a tenor…the only baritone I ever heard singing Figaro this way…
# Composer: Gioacchino Rossini
# Singer: Sherrill Milnes, Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda, Fedora Barbieri, Ruggiero Raimondi
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: James Levine
# Vinyl (1975)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: B0000CE7FU
# Size: 3.43 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
I went then to a records store, looking for the complete recording, but they said me, it was OOP. It was maybe end of the 70s and already OOP? I couldn’t believe it…so I looked for long years after it, but without luck.
Only for desperation I bought some years ago the whole opera on CDs…and suddenly (and finally) I found the vinyls on ebay (don’t ask for the price) last year.
Recorded in 1975 and recently re-issued at a bargain price, this recording of “Barbiere” is hard to beat for sheer, sportive fun, with everyone involved sounding like they’re enjoying themselves. Here you have Sills, Milnes, Gedda, Renato Capecchi, and Ruggiero Raimondi, all at the height of their respective powers, and the young James Levine, all bounce and go with the first flush of success, conducting. How to pick highlights from highlights? Well, how about Milnes with a “Largo al Factotum” to rival Merrill and Ruffo’s recordings for sheer abandon? And then there’s Gedda, with the most feather-light “Ecco, Ridente” I have ever heard.
Yes, this recording from 1975 boasts an illustrious cast who could sing Rossini with good humor and technical vocal brilliance. Beverly Sills is the finest Rosina if you prefer to hear a soprano in the role and not a mezzo-soprano, Sherill Milnes as Figaro is in energetic form, Nicolai Gedda strays from his villain personae to a love struck Count, and Ruggero Raimondi delivers a well-executed performance as the music teacher.
Despite the fact it has an uncomplicated, breezy plot and is full of sparkling humor and a happy ending, the music Rossini wrote is not easy to sing. It requires a singer of real bravura and Mozartian acrobatics. Much of Rossini’s music reminds one of Mozart opera buffa had he continued to write that way. Get this recording if youre a fan of Beverly Sills, who sounds great next to Nicolai Gedda ( she sang with him in Massenet’s Manon, Thais and La Traviata). They have fine technique and it’s absolutely gorgeous when push comes to shove. The direction of James Levine as conductor is fresh and spirited.
A vibrant performance full of fun and great music-making.
Analyzed folder: //96k Rossini – Il Barbiere Di Siviglia – Milnes, Sills, Gedda, Raimondi
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR14 -0.59 dB -19.93 dB sideA.wav
DR14 -0.56 dB -20.31 dB sideB.wav
DR15 -0.75 dB -21.35 dB sideC.wav
DR14 -0.78 dB -21.09 dB sideD.wav
DR13 -1.00 dB -19.90 dB sideF.wav
DR14 -0.84 dB -20.57 dB sideE.wav
Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR14
- RCM: Okki Nokki (L’Art du son, Clearaudio’s Diamond Cleaner)
- TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
- Cartridge: Sumiko Black Bird
- Phono Amp: 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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