The operatic-connoisseur knows: this is one of the greatest operas ever
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# 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
# ASIN CD: B001CJJWJ8
# 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
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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
- 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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