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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) Giacomo Puccini – Tosca (Price/Domingo/Milnes)

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There are so many good and very good “Toscas” out there, that you have only the embarrassement of choice. I used to own back in the 90s not less than 15 different releases on vinyl/CD/Video. Now only 6 and among them this one on CD, only and exclusively because of the most malefic Baron Scarpia you can imagine, even more terriffic than on a later Decca release, with Freni and Pavarotti. Sherrill Milnes is, after magnificent and legendary Tito Gobbi, the pure evil called Scarpia. Not at least, Leontyne Price (1st black opera singer, who became a superstar) and a young Placido Domingo are marvellous in their roles. Maestro Mehta shows here that he was born for conducting operas, forcing musicians and singers to give their best. Absolutely RECOMMENDED!!!!

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes
# Orchestra: New Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Vinyl (1974)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.23 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA Living Stereo) Giacomo Puccini – Madama Butterfly (Price/Tucker)

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Still today after +50 years, this is – IHMO – the best recording (in technical sense) and the best performance of Cho-Cho-San “Butterfly”. If you always looked for a reason to love on your knees Leontyne Price, this is the right time to do it.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Singer: Leontyne Price, Richard Tucker, Rosalind Elias
# Orchestra: RCA Italiana Orchestra and Chorus
# Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
# Vinyl (1962)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA Living Stereo
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN: B000G759L2
# Size: 2.0 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) Giuseppe Verdi – Un Ballo In Maschera (Price/Bergonzi)

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Many Many Thanks to a great donator for sending me this gem!

# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performers: Leontyne Price, Carlo Bergonzi, Robert Merrill, Ezio Flagello, Ferruccio Mazzoli, Shirley Verrett, Fernando Iacopucci, Piero De Palma, Reri Grist, Mario Basiola Jr.
# Orchestra: RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra
# Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
# Vinyls (1971)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B000003EQ0
# Size: 2.49 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF

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