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G.Puccini – “Madame Butterfly” (Madama Butterfly, Freni, Domingo, Ludwig. Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker) (1974, Film -opera)

 G.Puccini -  "Madame Butterfly" (Madama Butterfly, Freni, Domingo, Ludwig. Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker) (1974, Film -opera)

G.Puccini – “Madame Butterfly” (Madama Butterfly, Freni, Domingo, Ludwig. Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker) (1974, Film -opera)

Composer:Giacomo Puccini
Performer:Mirella Freni
Conductor:Herbert von Karajan
Blu-Ray Disc / DVD Disc
Number of Discs:1
Format:DVD-5
Size:4.37 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan:yes
Server: datafile

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Giacomo Puccini – Manon Lescaut (Freni/Domingo/Sinopoli)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this gem
This is a very beautiful and dramatic opera, and the cast is first-rate, singing their respective parts with unrivaled technical mastership and dramatic abilities. Placido Domingo and Mirella Freni as the lovers Manon and Des Grieux suffuse their singing with a measure of beautiful Puccini lyricism and verisimo power. They give strong performances and to me, they never falter. By the finale, I was in tears. Domingo is passionate, tormented and Freni is dramatic, full of despair. Their voices escalate to such an unbelievable height of glory it’s breathtaking. If you’re a fan of Mirella Freni and Placido Domingo, this is by far their best collaboration.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Mirella Freni, Placido Domingo, Renato Bruson
# Orchestra – London Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor – Giuseppe Sinopoli
# Vinyl (1984)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR: 18
# Size: 2.42 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Giacomo Puccini – La Bohème (Freni/Gedda/Schippers)

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For me this Mimí of 1964 is better than the Decca-Mimí of 1973, with Pavarotti…and she is terrific fantastic in that release. All singers here could have been “only” decent, the orchestra too and the maestro too…I would have bought it anyway, 1000 times again and again, alone for beautiful Mirella and her fresh, angelic voice. People, get it, you never find a better Mirella Freni.

# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Mirella Freni, Nicolai Gedda, Mariella Adani, Mario Sereni
# Orchestra: Orchestra of the Teatro Dell’Opera di Roma
# Conductor: Thomas Schippers
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Angel (EMI)
# DR-Analysis: DR 11
# Size: 2.19 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (EMI) Giuseppe Verdi – Otello (Vickers/Freni)

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You can get this Otello in the EMI studio version being reviewed here or as a live performance on Opera d’Oro, both almost identical in every detail musically. Vickers was, after Del Monaco’s retirement, the supreme Otello of his generation, with a huge, magnificent voice and heartbreaking pathos–he doesn’t bluster or fake it emotionally for even a bar. His death scene is one of the great things in the Verdi canon on disc. Freni is equally wonderful, exemplary in eveyr way musically and a prime example of how to act through the voice. Her Desdemona is ravishing and her last-act solos heartrending.

# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Jon Vickers, José Van Dam, Mirella Freni, Stefania Malagu
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert van Karajan
# Vinyl (1974)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Label: EMI Angel
# ASIN: B0036D7Y1Q
# Size: 2.85 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
FF

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) Giuseppe Verdi – Falstaff (Evans/Kraus/Merrill/Freni)

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Many thanks to our friend from Michigan Lake for this gift.
This is the recording by which others should be judged. Solti captures the raucousness of Falstaff, using and emphasizing the horns like great comedic guffaws. Geraint Evans oozes unctiousness and Freni sweetly takes on the only aria in the whole opera.

# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Alfredo Kraus, Geront Evans, Mirella Freni, Rosalind Elias, Giulietta Simionato, Robert Merrill, Piero De Palma
# Orchestra: Orchestra Of The RCA Italiana
# Conductor: Georg Solti
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# Label: RCA
# ASIN: B0015T46NM
# Size: 2.32 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server:
FF

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Audiophile HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Arrigo Boito – Mefistofele (Pavarotti/Ghiaurov/Freni/Caballé)

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Yes, most of the major roles were taken by singers who at the time must count as “experienced”, but there is plenty of youthful vigor in the singing as well.

Phantastic sound and stellar performances…and this is the reason, why I offer this jewel in 24/96 although it is a digital production.

# Composer: Arrigo Boito
# Performer: Luciano Pavarotti, Piero de Palma, Robin Leggate, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Della Jones, Mirella Freni, Montserrat Caballé, Nucci Condò
# Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Oliviero de Fabritiis

# Vinyl (1984)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: B000787WVK

# Size: 2.98 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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