HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Giacomo Puccini – Madame Butterfly (De Los Angeles/Björling)

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Certain recorded Butterflys are considered to be definitive, with Toti dal Monte, Maria Callas and Renata Scotto leading the pack. Because of the strong competition, this 1955 recording does not automatically come to mind as a classic Butterfly performance. That is too bad because Victoria de los Angeles, in her second recording of the opera, is wonderfully natural in the title role. While she may not plumb the depths of the part in the way that some other sopranos have, her voice, while still carrying the drama and Butterfly’s pathos, sounds more youthful than that of many of her competitors.
I think this was Jussi Björling’s last complete opera recording; it may well be one of his best. His aristocratic style is just as valid as the more impetuous interpretation of Giuseppe di Stefano, De Los Angeles’ first recorded Pinkerton.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Victoria De Los Angeles, Jussi Björling, Piero De Palma, Miriam Pirazzini, Mario Sereni
# Orchestra: Orchestra Of The Opera House, Rome
# Conductor: Gabriele Santini
Vinyl (1955)
Number of Discs: 3
Format: Flac
Label: EMI/Angel
DR-Analysis: DR 11
Size: 2.81 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) Giacomo Puccini – Turandot (Nilsson, Björling, Tebaldi, Leinsdorf)

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Even though I prefer Sutherland over Nilsson in the role of Turandot, this is the BENCHMARK. Even though Pavarotti & Caballé with Sutherland, Fernandi & Schwarzkopf with Callas and Corelli & Scotto with Nilsson on the other album are excellent, Björling & Tebaldi are the pick of the litter! The role of Calàf as sung by Björling, is one of the most beautifully sung portrayals in recorded music (subjective, personal opinion). Tebaldi’s pianissimi are absolutely ethereal, easily rivaling Caballé and surpassing Scotto. For early “Living Stereo”, the sound is surprisingly spacious and clean. This I believe was Björling’s last complete opera recording; the Verdi Requiem closely following.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Birgit Nilsson, Jussi Björling, Renata Tebaldi
# Orchestra: Rome Opera House Orchestra
# Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
# Vinyl (1960)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 2.4 GB
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Particular HD-Vinyls 96/24 (RCA) Giacomo Puccini – La Bohéme (De Los Angeles/Björling/Merrill)

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Thank you Bob, for this precious gift ! Reposted, now on FF

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Singers: Victoria De Los Angeles, Jussi Björling, Robert Merrill a. o.
# Orchestra: RCA Victor Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
# Vinyl (1956)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA
# ASIN: B001PQMPWE
# Size: 1.07 GB
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA Living Stereo) Giacomo Puccini – Tosca (Milanov/Björling/Warren)

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Jussi Björling is one of the best Cavaradossi in all of the complete sets. His voice is much more beautiful than Giuseppe di Stefano, whose voice is almost some what strain on the top. Both artists are completely involved in their roles.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Singer: Zinka Milanov, Jussi Björling, Leonard Warren
# Orchestra: Rome Opera House Orchestra and Chorus
# Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
# Vinyl (1957)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN: B00000JMHB
# Size: 2.84 GB
# Scan: yes
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