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Rare HD-Vinyl 24/96 (HRE) Flomental Halévy – La Juive – Live 1981

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Halévy’s La Juive was once widely popular (it was Caruso’s last appearance in public, for example), but has more or less sunk like a stone in more recent years – yet there are, in fact, a couple recordings in the catalogue (I haven’t heard any of the alternatives, so I cannot really compare). The one under consideration sports a starry cast and does, in the end, make a good case for this at least intermittently engaging and interesting grand opera – engaging in the parts featuring the traditional French grand opera spectacular splendor, but in the end more notable for its lyrical parts and in particular the pacing and thematic and structural cohesion; even the grand scenes work more as parts of the greater structure than ends in themselves. It is also imaginatively scored, more so, perhaps, than the operas of his more feted contemporary Meyerbeer, and Halévy’s ability to create atmospheric and subtly distinctive scenes is admirable. On the other hand, Meyerbeer was clearly superior with regards to writing really memorable melodies – Halévy’s are pleasant enough but usually forgotten as soon as they have been presented.

Composer: Flomental Halévy
Performer: José Carreras, Cesare Siepi, Ilona Tokody
Orchestra: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
Vinyl (1981)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: HRE
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 3.27 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Don Giovanni (Krips)

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Many thanks for this masterpiece to our friend Jean-Luc
A gifted conductor, Josef Krips returned to the Vienna Opera just after World War II (as a Jew, he had had to leave in 1938), and renewed its tradition of Mozartian performance. Many of the finest qualities of this 1955 studio recording emanate from him and his players–the tempi are well judged and the musicianship marvelous. The singing is less consistent. The lightweight Belgian soprano Suzanne Danco is underwhelming as Donna Anna, while the skilled baritone Walter Berry is again too slight for the bass part of Masetto. Even the lovely Lisa Della Casa–who sang Elvira regularly onstage–often sounds challenged by the role here, despite lovely moments. Italian Cesare Siepi is a bass Giovanni (rather than the expected baritone), and though this too throws the vocal balance out of kilter, he’s a charmer, all right. Fernando Corena’s Leporello and Hilde Güden’s Zerlina are both topnotch, Anton Dermota’s Ottavio cool but conscientious. This is an excellent memento of Krips, but a better all-around and similarly vintage option is Carlo Maria Giulini’s EMI recording from 1959, still arguably the most satisfying account of the opera. –George Hall

Merry Xmas to everybody and a Happy New Year!

# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Performer: Cesare Siepi, Fernando Corena, Kurt Böhme, Walter Berry, Hilde Güden, Lisa Della Casa, Suzanne Danco, Anton Dermota
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
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Conductor: Josef Krips
Vinyl (1956)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 3.23 GB
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HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Decca) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Le Nozze Di Figaro (Della Casa, Siepi, Gueden, Corena – Kleiber)

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Erich Kleiber’s 1955 Vienna Figaro marked the first complete recording of what is arguably Mozart’s greatest opera. What a performance! Cesare Siepi and Alfred Poell bring Figaro and the Count, respectively, to life, and play off each other, as do the female principals. Hilde Gueden’s sweet and straightforward Susanna stands out, along with Fernando Corena’s deliciously idiomatic Bartolo (his is still the best Act I Vengeance aria on disc). Kleiber’s well-drilled Viennese musicians are an integral part of the ensemble. The legendary conductor’s sense of proportion, transition, and rightness of tempo still rings true after all these years. –Jed Distler

# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
# Singer: Lisa
Della Casa, Cesare Siepi, Hilde Gueden, Fernando Corena
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Erich
Kleiber
# Vinyl (1955)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR15
# ASIN: B00000JXZB
# Size: 3.71 GB
# Scan: yes
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Very Rare HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) Italo Montemezzi – L’Amore Dei Tre Re (Moffo/Siepi/Domingo)

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First of all, let me say…if someone would have pretended to be paid 50$, for playing this recording to me, after I have heard “this” Cesare Siepi, I would have given him 100$ more. This is the best and most stunning “Basso Imperiale” that I ever heard in my life.

# Composer – Italo Montenezzi
# Performers – Placido Domingo, Anna Moffo, Cesare Siepi
# Orchestra – London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor – Nello Santi

# Vinyl (1977)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: FLAC (Tracks)
# Label: RCA
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN:
B000009W7N
# Size: 2.09 GB
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Rare & Precious Vinyls Mono 16/44.1 (Decca) Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto (Protti/Del Monaco/Güden)

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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
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