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This recording was issued by RCA itself in the 90's with a heavy use of Dolby noise reduction, which reduced the recording itself to a muffled and lackluster sound. For those who owned the original Lps this was a great disappointment. Following this, both Urania and Naxos issued remasterings of this recording, but as most people know the source for those are good quality Lp pressings, which yield debatable results.
Now, RCA/Sony has finally taken a second dip, remastering the recordings using 24bit/96 kHz technology, most apparetly from first generation tapes
The result is simply breathtaking: sound is brilliant and full-bodied at the same time, all the frequencies are there. It even takes a while to realise this is a Mono recording!
Warm congratulations to RCA/Sony team for bringing back this jewell of a recording to all its resplendent glory.
In addition to the quality of the performance, already well-extolled by other writers here, the remastering is near-miraculous. No, make that miraculous, period! For depth, transparency, clarity and dynamic range it holds its own with any and every Aida recording of any vintage. If you love this opera as I do, or even if you have not yet been grabbed by it, don't miss this recording.
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A small Italian label, Urania, has bought the rights to this recording and has remastered it with almost unbelievable results. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robin M-B
NB: This is certainly in better sound now that it has been re-mastered by both RCA and Naxos - but it is better yet in the Pristine Audio Ambient Stereo issue, unavailable on... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ralph Moore
Somewhat to my surprise, I find I still prefer Mark Obert-Thorn's transfer from vinyl that's available on Naxos, but this latest remastering from Sony does bring some benefits. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stanley Crowe
First, I agree that this is a superb recording of AIDA. But, second, this is a horrible remastering with boosted highs. Look up the Naxos straight remastering. Go for that one!Published 8 months ago by Col William Russell (ret)
Tenorqueiroz does not exaggerate the improvements in this recent remastering. I have owned the old RCA remastering and also the improved Urania set. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jess
Wow this recording sizzles! I have the Solti studio recording but I absolutely hate the blaring horns. Read morePublished 8 months ago by esseyo
Spectacular singing by Bjorling and Milanov! (Warren & Christof are marvelous as well.) Remastering improves on the earlier RCA release. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Victor Carr, Jr.
Leontyne Price was arguably the pre-eminent Aida of her era and made two studio recordings to prove it in 1962 and 1970 when she was in peak voice and worthily partnered. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ralph Moore