Rare & Precious Vinyls Mono 16/44.1 (Decca) Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto (Protti/Del Monaco/Güden)

Another great performance by Del Monaco at his prime and as belcanto tenor. A just rare and beautiful gem.

# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Singer: Mario Del Monaco, Hilde Güden, Aldo Protti, Cesare Siepi, Giulietta Simionato
# Orchestra: Chorus & Orchestra of the Accademia Santa Cecilia, Rome
# Conductor: Alberto Erede
# Vinyl (1954)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# ASIN: B00000421U
# Size: 276 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

This recording of Verdi’s Rigoletto was the first I’ve met. Of course, I loved it since I heard it, because of the music, because of the singers, because of their theatrical but simple interpretation, which makes us feel almost in a medieval tale. Since then, I heard many other recordings, but it’s still my favourite version of that opera, even we have Sutherland, Scotto, Callas, Cotrubas and many other divas, singing the ingenuous role of Gilda. Why this? First, the orchestra is vivacious and even the imperfect sound help us to feel in the Castle Age, with kings and queens. Everything creates such a special atmosphere, which is completed by the dramatic, explosive Rigoletto of Aldo Protti, which is no doubt one of the best Rigolettos ever sung. Hilde Güden, one of the owners of the role of Gilda during the late 40’s and 50’s, uses her gorgeous, sweet and innocent voice, so used to operettas, to form a naïve, young Gilda, instead of some mature and experient Gildas we use to hear. Her voice fits to the role perfectly. Mario del Monaco is another great detail in this recording, with a powerful voice and a great sense of the bad character of the Duca di Mantova. Ok, it’s not a famous role in his career, but it’s a good appearence of his and he does it very well.
It mustn’t be just recommended, but desired!

Analyzed folder: /44k mono Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto – Del Monaco-Protti-Gueden-Siepi
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR15        -0.66 dB     -22.24 dB     sideC.wav
DR14        -0.75 dB     -19.95 dB     sideD.wav
DR13        -0.74 dB     -19.87 dB     sideE.wav
DR15        -0.75 dB     -21.81 dB     sideF.wav
DR16        -0.71 dB     -21.95 dB     sideB.wav
DR15        -0.78 dB     -21.17 dB     sideA.wav
Number of files:    6
Official DR value:    DR15


Ripping Infos

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  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Limited Edition Denon DL 103 SA
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  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
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  • 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

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Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

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18 thoughts on “Rare & Precious Vinyls Mono 16/44.1 (Decca) Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto (Protti/Del Monaco/Güden)

  1. This is the first time I hear great Del Monaco singing in Verdi. Thank you very much for giving me this previous opportunity. Sound quality is superb. Del Monaco? Powerful and passionate!

  2. Hey, I just got here. This with his Aida and La Forza del Destino were my bread and butter in 1950’s.

    Thanks this Hi Def rendition!


    • Indeed, just very few people know, that Del Monaco’s first appearences on stage were roles of belcanto. He become more and more a singer of the dramatic and verismo only later, during the 50s. Check my rendition of Verdi’s Aida with MDM as Radames…you won’t believe it!

      • Oh, yes, his dramatical spinto roles in Verdi’s Operas…. He’s the best Otello, I think. Truly, the most light of his roles that I’ve head before, was Riccardo in Ballo.
        Duca in his interpretation is very powerful and unusually dark, with slow temp and long melodic lines. But his passagio, his high register – superb!!! But full of his vocal beauty is not opened in this role, I think. So his decision to change repertoire was right – he given us the best tenor di forza! And thank you, that Yours wonderful post opened a new Mario del Monaco – not only a classical Verdi’s hero, but a famous Verdi’s seducer.

        • be sure to check all my (some dozens) MDM posts here…and you will understand, which tenor I all my life loved the most (No, was not Pavarotti…and would have died for him all my life… for Super-Luciano)

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