Tibbett - Rethberg - Martinelli - Pinza - Warren
Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera
Ettore Panizza, 1939
In Honor of the Verdi Bicentennial
This renowned performance has been repeatedly released on CD by many labels, all being clones of the Met set. This means highly compressed, lifeless sound with a metallic resonance. Our 2013 restoration offers the best sonics ever available with considerable vocal presence, natural tone and dimensionalization of the ensembles so as to recreate in dynamic values, one of the most exciting and truly great performances of the late 1930s.
From Henry Fogels review, Fanfare Nov/Dec 2013:
"Until now, this 1939 Met broadcast could only be recommended to collectors who had a wide tolerance for historic sound. What Richard Caniell of Immortal Performances has done here is close to miraculous. . . . The dynamic range has been extended, removing the effects of electronic compression. (Surface) noise has been removed without removing color from the voices; and the whole jumps out of the speakers as the incredible performance that it is.
"Tibbett is gigantic as Boccanegra. . . this is one of the great operatic portrayals ever, period . . . the same can be said about Pinza. Beauty of tone, nobility of expression, strength and eloquence, it is all there. Rethberg perhaps gains the most from Caniell’s remastering. . . her voice glows with a warmth that previous editions of this performance managed to minimize. Martinelli's feeling for the style is complete, he has power, and he also has the ability to moderate his voice and sing softly . . . There are moments that are truly thrilling, alongside moments where one wishes for more tonal beauty . . . . But the greatness of the artist is always present when Martinelli sings.
"Immortal Performances’s usual stunning production standards are present. The booklet contains intelligent, thoughtful notes on the performance and the artists, wonderful rare old photos, and insightful comments on the opera itself. Real Verdi lovers . . . would be quite foolish to pass this one up. It provides operatic thrills that frankly none of the studio recordings can duplicate, not even the best of them."