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Subject: Re: Cetra CD reissues. Some more.
From: LANE WHITESELL <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 6 Jul 2017 16:05:05 -0400
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House of Opera has the same cast in a live recording:

http://www.operapassion.com/cd1545000.html

Lane A. Whitesell

> On July 6, 2017 at 3:57 PM Dennis Ryan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>
> The contributions to this thread lead me to recall one performance that appeared later on Everest Records, which re-issued many beloved Cetra recordings, but I do not believe that it had ever been previously issued on Cetra. This is a simply FABULOUS performance of Rossini's "Petite Messe Solennelle" with Renata Scotto, Fiorenza Cossotto, Alfredo Kraus, and Ivo Vinco. I have never heard a greater performance of this great work. I believe that this showed up on CD on an obscure Italian label briefly, but I know of no place where it is available on CD now. Everest Records, of course, was well known for re-issuing many of the old Cetra performances in wretched sound on worse-than-wretched vinyl. Does anyone know where this performance might currently be found on CD? Does anyone know of other great Italian performances of the late '40's and 50's that have likewise been lost?
> Cheers,
> Dennis Ryan
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
> To: OPERA-L <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thu, Jul 6, 2017 1:50 pm
> Subject: Re: Cetra CD reissues. Some more.
>
> Must haves
>
> L'Amico Fritz - Tassinari F. Tagliavini
> Tassinari's "Son Pocchi Fiori" is as beautiful as anything I've
> ever heard.
> Suor Angelica - Carteri
> Nabucco and Ernani - C. Mancini
>
> I don't disagree with any of the others previously mentioned, though my
> enthusiasm is not as great as for those I've listed. I absolutely love
> these four recordings.
>
> Of course, I cannot ignore the first Callas Gioconda, her 1949 recital,
> and to a lesser extent, her Violetta, which are among the greatest things
> ever committed to record.
>
> Bob
>
> On Thursday, July 6, 2017, Juan Dzazopulos <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > George, I share your selection. But I would add some more that I have in
> > my collection, and have been a continious source of pleasure:
> >
> > L'Amico Fritz: Pîea Tassinari, Saturno Meletti (1941, Tagliavini first
> > complete recording). A lesson of singing....
> > La Sonnambula: Lina Pagliughi, Cesare Siepi (1952)
> > Werther: Pia Tassinari, Marcello Cortis (1954)
> > Un ballo in maschera: Mary Curtis Verna, Pia Tassinari, Giuseppe Valdengo
> > (1954)
> > Marta: Elena Rizzieri, Pia Tassinari, Carlo Tagliabue (1955)
> > Mefistofele: Marcella Pobbe, Disma De Cecco, Giulio Neri (1956)
> > Tosca: Gigliola Frazzoni, Gian Giacomo Guelfi (1956)
> >
> > Ernani: Gino Penno, Caterina Mancini, Giuseppe Taddei, Giacomo Vaghi (1951)
> > Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Giuseppe Taddei, Giulietta Simionatao, Luigi
> > Infantino,Carlo Badioli (1950)
> > Aida: Mary Curtis Verna, Franco Corelli, Miriam Pirazzini, Gina Giacomo
> > Guelfi, Giulio Neri (1956)L
> > La Fanciulla del West: Carla Gavazzi, Vasco Campagnano, Ugo Savarese (1950)
> >
> > Enjoy them!
> >
> > Juan
> >
> > --------------------
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > El Thu, 6 Jul 2017 11:02:05 -0400
> > George Rios <[log in to unmask]> escribió:
> >
> > I've found Cetra CD remasterings on Warner/Fonit seem to have gone back to
> >> the original tapes or at least very good LP pressings and I've found most
> >> of them to be very good to excellent. But the original Cetra label was
> >> never noted for its sonics, so the sound quality can vary. Some that I can
> >> vouch for are:
> >>
> >> BOHEME Carteri, Tagliavini, Taddei, Santini cond.
> >> RIGOLETTO Taddei, Pagliughi, Tagliavini, Questa cond.
> >> OTELLO Guichandut, Broggini, Taddei, Capuana cond.
> >> IL SEGRETO DI SUSANNA Rizzieri, Valdengo, Questa cond.
> >> The FALSTAFF with Taddei, Carteri, Pagliughi, Rossi cond. is something of
> >> a heartbreaker.
> >> It seems the original recording was never very good. Depending on your
> >> tolerance it's listenable but sonically a letdown, especially regrettable
> >> since the performance itself is
> >> really marvelous.
> >>
> >> Likewise the GUGLIELMO TELL with Taddei, Carteri, Filippeschi, Rossi
> >> cond. is a mostly fine performance, although Filippeschi is appalling. But
> >> the sound is poor and sometimes afflicted with a ghastly wow. Avoid this
> >> one.
> >>
> >> Of course, all of these sound leagues better than those horrifying
> >> "rechanneled for stereo" LP issues on Everest/Cetra from the 60s. I have
> >> always wondered who was the idiot responsible for those monstrosities.
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