Super HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca/London) Alfredo Catalani – La Wally (Tebaldi/Del Monaco)

Revisited, after 7 years, now with the benefits of the Black Bird Gang and the AR SP15…and in 192k
La Wally was premiered at a time when Italian verismo was emerging, but this opera was not a part of that school. Rather, it reflected its composer’s interest in the works of Wagner and other figures of the late Romantic period. Although it is seldom performed outside of Europe (especially in Italy), the work is known to many opera enthusiasts through its Act One aria for the heroine, “Ebben?…Ne andrΓ² lontana,” a haunting reverie on the theme of traveling alone and far from home. The aria, aside from its popularity as a concert piece among prominent spinto and dramatic sopranos, was introduced to viewers of the cult movie “Diva”.

Composer: Alfredo Catalani

Performer: Renata Tebaldi, Mario Del Monaco, Justino Diaz, Piero Cappuccilli
Orchestra: Monte Carlo National Opera Orchestra

Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Vinyls 1969
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: London (Decca)
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 4.58 GB

Scan: yes
Server: FF

Catalani lived a short life. He was dead at the age of 39, only a year and a half following La Wally’s premiere at Milan’s La Scala on January 20, 1892. This opera was his final stage work. Earlier, Catalani had enjoyed some success with Elda (1880), more so in its revised form as Loreley, first performed in 1890.

La Wally enjoyed the presence of such celebrated singers as Emmy Destinn and Pasquale Amato when the Metropolitan Opera presented it for the first time in 1909. On the podium for those four performances was Arturo Toscanini, whose advocacy was important to such success as was enjoyed by Catalani’s works.

The setting for La Wally poses some difficulties in staging. The Swiss mountain scenes must give a sense of both height and depth. The conclusions of both the third and fourth acts fail if the audience cannot believe that the ravine, in the former, and the mountain pass, in the latter, are real and dangerous.

Still, for the company with modern stage facilities, which can pull together a rich-voiced star soprano, a dramatic tenor, a baritone who exudes villainy and a conductor who can build and maintain a high level of tension, La Wally can be a rewarding venture. ~ Erik Eriksson, Rovi

Analyzed folder: /192k Catalani – La Wally – Tebaldi, Del Monaco
DR Peak RMS Filename

DR14 -0.78 dB -20.90 dB sideA.aif
DR14 -1.63 dB -21.27 dB sideB.aif
DR13 -1.51 dB -20.16 dB sideC.aif
DR14 -1.09 dB -20.36 dB sideD.aif
DR15 -0.67 dB -21.65 dB sideE.aif
DR15 -0.88 dB -21.82 dB sideF.aif

Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR14


Ripping Info


A few words about the way i’ve been cleaning vinyl records and post-processing rips, since summer 2017: After washing and recording the vinyl, I use a kind of mixed cleaning of the rip, which consists of mostly manual rather than automatic de-clicking, (the latter only on unimportant passages, such as end of the groove, beginning and end of the songs, applause, speaking). I often leave the rips almost rough, de-clicking only the silences between the tracks. Never de-noising or/and EQ, as unfortunately some do. I prefer to hear a bit of quiet noises of the clean groove, that contain something of the music, rather than generate clinically clean files that may, eventually, sound a bit dead. If you do not agree, do not download my rips and buy instead digital files or CDs.
When I listen to music I “don’t hear” any noise: I enjoy the music πŸ˜€
I do not make rips for headphones!

  • Software: iZotope RX 5 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Very careful de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removed, never de-noising
  • DR-Analisys
  • Wave 32/192(32/384) —> Flac 24/96 & 24/192: Twisted Wave 1.18
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5


4 thoughts on “Super HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca/London) Alfredo Catalani – La Wally (Tebaldi/Del Monaco)

  1. Rach, you hero, I searched the internet this week for the best recording of la wally I could find, and here you are coming up with the goods for me a day later, with none other than my mistress Tebaldi and my alter-ego MDM

    yeah, I’m drunk. posted the rest of my Nutcraker review on the page if you’re bored enough. me…..I’m going to put on Rachmaninovs piano concertos and sink into the matress

    love to you both

  2. Yes sir, that is a fine job Rachmaninov.Sorry I’m so late getting to it. But the sound is fabulous.

    One of your fans;


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