Super HD-Vinyls 96/24 (London) Giuseppe Verdi – Don Carlo (Tebaldi/Bergonzi/Solti)

The operatic-connoisseur knows: this is one of the greatest operas ever
Many thanks to our generous friend from Lake Michigan for this gem

# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer:
Carlo Bergonzi, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Grace Bumbry, Martti Talvela, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Renata Tebaldi
# Orchestra: Chorus and Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House Covent Garden
# Conductor:
Georg Solti
# Vinyl (1966)
# Number of discs: 4
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 4.13 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

I’m among those who rank “Don Carlo” (known in its French version as “Don Carlos”) as one of  Verdi’s grandest grand operas and a masterpiece in that genre. It wasn’t easy for Verdi to set out a final version, and when he did, arriving at a relatively compressed, tense four acts, he surgically removed some inspired music, particularly the opening scene in the Fontainbleau forest where Don Carlo declares his doomed love for his step-mother, Queen Elisabetta.

This recording was seminal in reviving interest in Verdi’s Don Carlo, one of his few forays into ‘grand opera’ in the French manner, most fashionable back in the middle to late 19th Century. In fact, today, there are two excellent recordings of the original French version, Don Carlo with an ‘s’ – (Abbado from 1985 on DG and Pappano from 1996 on EMI). Verdi, in my opinion, perfected the form in Don Carlo, combining scenes of intimacy (his native instinct) with pageantry (the French public’s insistence at the time). Thank heavens Verdi omitted the obligatory ballet music, a requirement in his first French grand opera attempt in Les Vepres siciliennes. You have a skilful combination of scenes, private and public, beautifully crafted, and moving. His Aida would be the culmination of this effort.

Too long neglected, Solti in this recording, with a cast of stars, did us a huge favour in bringing back Don Carlo to our attention, and he is largely responsible for its revival. And it is a first-class performance, with Bergonzi, Tebaldi, Bumbry and Ghiaurov, in superb form in roles for which they were famous both on stage and in the recording studio. In addition, Martti Talvela is a dark and menacing inquisitor, and Fischer-Dieskau, a sensitive and sympathetic Rodrigo. For these two great actor-singers, this is a worthy tribute to their art. Some, including Tebaldi at the time, were surprised at the casting of Fischer-Diskau. Not to worry. Few have sung Rodrigo’s part so convincingly, and so musically. And Solti’s conducting, high voltage as always, works admirably to keep our attention during this sprawling epic. (The story is mostly fictitious but this is, after all, the world of opera !)

This recording, despite its age, and the many interpretations which have followed, using various editions of the score, and there are many, remains a classic.

Analyzed folder: /96kGV_DoCa_Slt/96k Verdi – Don Carlos – Solti
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR14        -0.51 dB     -21.06 dB     96k Verdi – Don Carlo – Solti – sideA.wav
DR15        -0.24 dB     -20.71 dB     96k Verdi – Don Carlo – Solti – sideB.wav
DR16        -0.60 dB     -22.24 dB     96k Verdi – Don Carlo – Solti – sideC.wav
DR14        -0.30 dB     -20.52 dB     96k Verdi – Don Carlo – Solti – sideD.wav
DR13        -0.60 dB     -18.28 dB     96k Verdi – Don Carlo – Solti – sideE.wav
DR15        -0.40 dB     -20.71 dB     96k Verdi – Don Carlo – Solti – sideF.wav
DR14        -0.60 dB     -20.78 dB     96k Verdi – Don Carlo – Solti – sideG.wav
DR14        -0.56 dB     -20.66 dB     96k Verdi – Don Carlo – Solti – sideH.wav
Number of files:    8
Official DR value:    DR14


  • Chorus, Orchestra – Chorus and Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden*
  • Composed By – Giuseppe Verdi
  • Conductor – Georg Solti
  • Libretto By – Camille Du Locle, Joseph Mery*
  • Performer [A Celestial Voice] – Joan Carlyle
  • Performer [A Friar] – Tugomir Franc
  • Performer [A Royal Herald] – John Wakefield
  • Performer [Count Di Lerma] – Kenneth MacDonald
  • Performer [Don Carlo] – Carlo Bergonzi
  • Performer [Elizabeth De Valois] – Renata Tebaldi
  • Performer [King Philip Ii] – Nicolai Ghiaurov
  • Performer [Princess Eboli] – Grace Bumbry
  • Performer [Rodrigo] – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
  • Performer [Tebaldo] – Jeannette Sinclair
  • Performer [The Grand Inquisitor] – Martti Talvela
  • Translated By [Libretto-rendered Into Italian] – A. De Lauzieres*, A. Zanardini*

First performance of the original version on 11th March 1867 at The Paris Opera.
This release came in a laid in container with a full sized 36 paged Libretto.
Vinyls-Made in England by the DECCA Record Co. Ltd.

Additional LP catalog Nos.:
Side’s A & H: OS 25691
Side’s B & G: OS 25692
Side’s C & F: OS 25693
Side’s D & E: OS 25694


Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • 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 ClickRepair, 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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29 thoughts on “Super HD-Vinyls 96/24 (London) Giuseppe Verdi – Don Carlo (Tebaldi/Bergonzi/Solti)

  1. Many thanks to you, Padrone, and the friend from Michigan Lage.

    Have that on CD (is there more than one Solti/Diskau Don Carlo?), but I guess the rip will be an update, never was really pleased with the way it sounds, a little thin imho.

      • Yes – these cover swappings make me mad… Just listening to your rip, and the “feeling of thin” is gone. Defenitively preferred even though this is not the quietest of vinyls. But hey, it’s the sound of the music I am interested in 🙂

    • Glad to make you happy, my friend. FD never had the deserved “gloria”….everybody had something to say about his voice, his timbre, his warmth, his voting, that he wasn’t taller, that he wasn’t a billionaire, about his after shave, about his car and that He had three noses and 5 eyes….
      Oh god, he was one of the finest (I call it so) non-italian-opera-singer that dared to sing (and very very good) italian operas…listen at that SCARPIA on the Tosca with Nilsson / Maazel…..

      Applause all my life long, dear Dietrich !

  2. Oh my… It may take me a while to complete listening to this. I’ll go ahead and thank you now – the sheer effort involved deserves your thanks. I can’t imagine all that work. Well, thank you. I will treasure this, I have no doubt. What a gift!

  3. Rachmaninov,
    What a refreshing listen! The opening bars in clean stereo and separation from left to right is so rewarding.

    But the singing of Bergonzi here is very interesting, using piano to pianissimo tones with his voice instead of the bombast of large voice tenors. It also is a refreshing performance.

    But the total impact is emotionally impressive in the synthesis of every artist with his/her partners in singing this story. And FD has his own greatness: vocally, artistically and musically. He’s into it up to his gills. He’s no Warren, Milnes, or even Bastianini, but he’s 110% believable.
    Ohhhh, I love it all!

    HD made the difference! That’s you I’m complimenting.

    Thanks, friend.

    • My dear Bob, is alway a pleasure to read you, because you have the right HEART on the right side of the opera in your soul. For me, the only and real rivaling recording to Solti is Giulini’s on EMI with Caballé/Domingo/Millness/Raimondi…you guess, although I love Dietrich, on the EmI rendition Milnes and Raimondi are the absolute shining stars, Caballé and Domingo are in the “to-fall-in-love-with-them” mood….. and Giulini – great God, Giulini is simply fabulous. One fine day I will re-rip this Don Carlos, curious to hear it now, with the new cart, new phono amp and the new DAC.

  4. Rach,
    I forgot to mention I have 20 different renditions of Don Carlo from MET Bjoerling in 1950 to 1992 Live Scala with Muti and Pavarotti, AND 3 DVD versions from 1986 Karajan Salzburg to 2008La Scala TV.

    Only this HD of Solti & crew sounds like a half-million dollar Maserati.

    Congratulations, maestro.

  5. … and now I’ve listened to it. Agree with Bob, it sounds fantastic – and I’ve owned (and loved!) this recording on 4 track tape and various CD incarnations including DECCAs last remastering. But yours tops them all!!! Thanx again!

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