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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Don Giovanni (Krips)

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

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# 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
Conductor: Josef Krips
Vinyl (1956)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: Decca
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 3.23 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Rare Mono-Vinyl 16/44 (Fonit Cetra) Sergej Prokofiev – Guerra E Pace (War And Peace)

In search of more Rosanna Carteri’s recordings I found this rare, live performed gem (Florence 1953), with the “crème da la crème” of its time: Carteri, Corelli, Bastianini, Barbieri, Corena.

# Composer: Sergej Prokofiev
# Performer: Rosanna Carteri, Fedora Barbieri, Franco Corelli, Ettore Bastianini, Fernando Corena
# Orchestra: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
# Conductor: Artur Rodzinski
# Vinyls (1953)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: FLAC
# Label: Fonit Cetra
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 397 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 96/24 (Decca) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Le Nozze Di Figaro (Della Casa, Siepi, Gueden, Corena – Kleiber)

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
# Vinyl (1955)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR15
# ASIN: B00000JXZB
# Size: 3.71 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server:

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