HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) Giuseppe Verdi ‎- La Forza Del Destino (Price/Merrill/Tucker)

Another big “thank you” for this gem flights to our Chicago friend 😀
Fortunately we have two wonderful Forza’s with Leontyne Price–a later one (and one more readily available) with Placido Domingo, Sherill Milnes, Fiorenza Cosotta and Gabriel Bacquier, conducted by James Levine, and this earlier one from 1965. While the later one is an excellent recording, the earlier one takes the cake.
Conducted by Thomas Schippers, whose career was tragically cut short by cancer, it bursts forth with an energy and enthusiasm that just can’t be surpassed. The cast is an American Who’s Who of opera in the mid-’60s. Leontyne Price was not yet 40 when she recorded Leonora on this recording, and she brings to the production the skill and dramatic ability of a mature artist but with a voice still with the bloom of youth and freshness. The combination is incredible.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Leontyne Price, Richard Tucker, Robert Merrill, Shirley Verrett, Giorgio Tozzi, Ezio Flagello
Orchestra:  RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Thomas Schippers

Vinyl 1965

Number of Discs: 4
Format: FLAC
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 3.54 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF
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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (RCA) Samuel Barber – Vanessa (Steber, Elias, Tozzi, Gedda, Resnik)

A great “THANK YOU” to Bob for this rarity

Vanessa is an American opera in three (originally four) acts by Samuel Barber, opus 32, with an original English libretto by Gian-Carlo Menotti. It was composed in 1956–1957 and was first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on January 15, 1958 under the baton of Dimitri Mitropoulos in a production designed by Cecil Beaton and directed by Menotti. Barber revised the opera in 1964, reducing the four acts to the three-act version most commonly performed today.

Composer: Samuel Barber
Performer: Eleanor Steber, Rosalind Elias, Giorgio Tozzi, Nicolai Gedda, Regina Resnik
Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
Vinyl 19??
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 2.4 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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Vinyls 16/44.1 (Decca) Richard Wagner – Der fliegende Holländer (Dorati)

London and Rysanek sung their roles for a long time until London lost the use of one his vocal chords and while singing at the Met. I’ve heard the competition and none measure up to this recording.
Sorry, “only” 16 bit & 44.1 kHz – made for my personal joy many years ago, as i had no mind for HD

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# Composer: Richard Wagner
# Singer: Leonie Rysanek, Giorgio Tozzi, George London
# Orchestra: Royal Opera House Covent Garden
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Vinyls (196o)
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: B000023ZF6
# Size:
695 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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