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Subject: Re: Clara Petrella/Leontyne Price remasterings
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:51:23 -0500

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G'd Evening

Prandelli was a marvelous singer, who, quite different from the
cathartic Clara Petrella, was an International star. He sang in
many of the most important theaters, including 31 performances of
seven roles at the Met. He is Rodolfo on Tebaldi's first "Boheme"
recording, as well as "Tabarro" with Gobbi, "Mefistofele" with Christoff,
and at least 20 live performances preserved on CD or tape. Tebaldi
was a major partner in his recorded legacy. A few of the theaters in which
he appeared would include, Scala, Rome, Napoli-San Carlo, Venezia,  San
Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Lisbon, London, Paris and, and, and.

He was a beautiful stylist, who, at his best was the equal of Cesare
and was able to sing a few roles whose vocal demands, like Maurizio,
were beyond Valletti. Two truly wonderful Italian lyric tenors, who
in the post WWII years.


On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, Mitchell, Katalin <[log in to unmask]>

> Thank you all for discussing this soprano at such length that I finally
> snapped out of my “have no idea, who cares?” attitude, and looked her up
> on Youtube. What a treasure trove!
> She was amazing, a wonderful actress as well as voice…. and that led to
> Giacinto Prandelli, another new discovery….
> This is the reason I am so grateful for being accepted on this forum, I do
> learn so much about great singers before my time of reason….
> I can always skip the lecture on Spinoza …
> Kati
> On 11/22/16, 5:20 PM, "Discussion of opera and related issues on behalf of
> James Bodge" <[log in to unmask] <javascript:;> on behalf of
> [log in to unmask] <javascript:;>> wrote:
> >The story I heard was that the orchestra noted how well things were
> >going for RCA and everyone else, so the union asked for more money for
> >the third and last year of the contract - or else.    RCA  balked at
> >first and then gave in and paid the extra money - which the union
> >thought would be the gift that kept on giving.Wrong. RCA closed the
> >studio and went to London. NO money at all for the Rome musicians.
> >
> >Jim Bodge
> >
> >
> >On 11/21/2016 10:52 PM, Maxwell Paley wrote:
> >>
> >> Want to add my "atta boy" to Les' comment.  The greatest thing is when
> >>someone's posting leads to a new discovery.
> >>
> >> Petrella is a wonderfully slutty Nedda on the Decca mono studio
> >>recording with Del Monaco.
> >>
> >> Takis, the remastered Leinsdorf "Aida" sounds better on the remaster (I
> >>downloaded it and other Price operas in the 96/24 version from HDTracks)
> >>than I've heard it before on LP or CD, but the sound is still
> >>surprisingly mediocre for its date (1970, I think) and the production
> >>talent involved.  The Mehta "Trovatore" sounded good on UK or German LP
> >>but picked up serious distortion when first digitized.  This now sounds
> >>considerably better than previous CD releases.
> >>
> >> I know some internal record industry scuttlebut but maybe someone else
> >>has the answer to a mystery.  In the early 60's, RCA spent a fortune
> >>building their "Italiana" studios out towards Fumicino.  Leinsdorf, who
> >>had been tearing out what little hair he had left at the Rome Opera
> >>Orchestra, and other RCA musical preparation staff also spent a fortune
> >>auditioning and setting up a recording orchestra from the finest players
> >>in the area.  Even Solti was impressed when he recorded "Rigoletto" and
> >>"Falstaff.".
> >>
> >> But they only used the setup for a few years.  The Mehta "Trovatore"
> >>and Leinsdorf "Aida" were done in the Walthamstow suburb of London (a
> >>potentially great but very tricky recording venue).
> >>
> >> After 1970, the only "Italiana" project I can think of was the
> >>Gavazzeni "Boccanegra."
> >>
> >> Why?
> >>
> >> Max Paley
> >
> >--
> >James Bodge
> >
> >You only need two things: WD-40 and Duct Tape.  If something moves and
> >it shouldn't, use the Duct Tape.  If it won't move and it should, use
> >the WD-40.
> >
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