HD-Vinyls 24/96 (RCA) Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto (Moffo/Kraus/Merrill/Solti)

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Many thanks for this masterpiece to our friend Jean-Luc
I learned that this recording was just removed from the RCA print list. What a shame and what a stupid thing to do. This is one of the finest Rigoletto ever produced. The dream cast includes Bob Merrill, Anna Moffo (one of her finest recordings), Alfredo Kraus, Roz Elias, Ezio Flagello, and conducted by Solti in a bright, vibrant, and stunning recording–sharp vocals, quality orchestra throughout, finest mixing. The production is also one of the most dramatic Rigolettos ever, which is as it should be. Rigoletto is after all a descent into evil and revenge, and this recording does it justice throughout. I can listen to this recording over and over. A true modern masterpiece.

# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Anna Moffo, Alfredo Kraus, Robert Merrill
# Orchestra: RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra And Chorus
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Conductor: Georg Solti
Vinyl (1964)
Number of Discs: 2
Format: Flac
Label: RCA
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 2.31 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls Mono 24/96 (RCA) Giuseppe Verdi – Un Ballo In Maschera (Nervi, Peerce, Toscanini)

front-small-boxsetMany thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this historical gift
Verdi’s “A Masked Ball” was one of seven complete operas that Arturo Toscanini (at that time 87 years old) conducted with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The recording is taken from two NBC broadcast concerts in January 1954 in Carnegie Hall, only a few months before Toscanini announced his retirement. Portions of the recording were taken from remakes in June 1954, also in Carnegie Hall, which proved to be the last recordings Toscanini ever made.

# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Herva Nelli, Jan Peerce, Robert Merrill
# Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Arturo Toscanini
# Vinyl (1954)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# Size: 1.25 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Amilcare Ponchielli – La Gioconda (Tebaldi/Bergonzi/Merrill)

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Many thanks to our friend BOB for this beauty
I never quite realised how much I appreciate this recording until I saw Tebaldi singing “Suicidio!”. Her massive voice, which she was able to tune down when required and sing the warmest phrase, had matured by the mid 60s when she tackled the role on stage and made it ideal for this dangerous role. Combined with her commanding stage presence it’s no wonder she received such huge acclaim as Gioconda.

# Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli
# Performer: Carlo Bergonzi, Marilyn Horne, Nicola Ghiuselev, Oralia Dominguez, Renata Tebaldi, Robert Merrill
# Orchestra: Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma
# Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
# Vinyl 1967
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: London (Decca)
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN:
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# Size: 3.14 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: Fi
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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:
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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
# 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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