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GLORIOUS.

You know, dark room, circling in the room and directing the orchestra and the violinist.

And... repeat the reproduction. I want more!
 

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George Winston - December (1982), CD, Windham Hill Records, US

https://www.discogs.com/George-Winston-December/release/2626021



DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR14 -7.89 dB -27.45 dB 4:07 01-Thanksgiving
DR14 -8.01 dB -27.29 dB 2:45 02-Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head
DR12 -9.23 dB -26.02 dB 3:16 03-Joy
DR13 -14.97 dB -32.62 dB 1:17 04-Prelude
DR15 -5.47 dB -26.08 dB 4:00 05-Carol of the Bells
DR14 -8.12 dB -29.18 dB 6:00 06-Night (Snow, Midnight, Minstrels)
DR13 -5.30 dB -25.04 dB 5:24 07-Vartiations on the Kanon by Johann Pachelbel
DR12 -6.33 dB -22.98 dB 4:56 08-The Holly and The Ivy
DR13 -8.37 dB -26.41 dB 3:53 09-Some Children See Him
DR19 -4.78 dB -32.20 dB 4:05 10-Peace
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR14

https://www.amazon.com/December-George-Winston/dp/B006K52QEW
 

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Today is a holiday in Spain. We celebrate 40 years of the Spanish Constitution, the most successful of the eight we have had, since that first of the Cortes de Cádiz of 1812.

What better to celebrate than listening to genuinely Spanish cult music. Now, a gift from my Sevillian friend Julio Belda.

Marchas Procesionales - ROS Sevilla, Vjekoslav Sutej (1995), CD, Pasarela, Spain

http://www.rossevilla.es/multimedia/discografia.html

Marchas-Procesionales-ROSS-Sutej-cover.jpg


DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR15 -0.14 dB -21.58 dB 6:14 01-Nuestro Padre Jesús de las Penas
DR12 0.00 dB -14.35 dB 3:39 02-Pasa la Virgen Macarena
DR11 0.00 dB -14.62 dB 3:17 03-Procesión de Semana Santa en Sevilla
DR11 0.00 dB -15.40 dB 4:29 04-Corpus Christi
DR12 0.00 dB -16.22 dB 4:46 05-María Santísima del Dulce Nombre
DR11 0.00 dB -13.45 dB 5:01 06-Virgen de la Paz
DR12 0.00 dB -18.13 dB 4:41 07-Virgen del Valle
DR10 0.00 dB -12.66 dB 3:30 08-Estrella Sublime
DR11 0.00 dB -14.16 dB 3:57 09-Esperanza de Triana Coronada
DR10 0.00 dB -14.56 dB 7:29 10-La Madrugá
DR10 -0.23 dB -12.75 dB 5:12 11-Virgen de las Aguas
DR10 -0.04 dB -13.82 dB 3:04 12-Coronación de la Macarena
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR11
 
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Malikian & Posada, OS Castilla y León - Bretón & Monasterio - Spanish romantic violin concertos (2010), CD, Tritó, Spain



DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR14 -0.10 dB -19.55 dB 12:57 01-Breton - Violin Concerto in A minor (orch. Groba) - I. Allegro
DR14 -0.10 dB -19.44 dB 9:05 02-Breton - Violin Concerto in A minor (orch. Groba) - II. Balada. Quasi adagio
DR11 -0.10 dB -16.83 dB 8:01 03-Breton - Violin Concerto in A minor (orch. Groba) - III. Allegro non tanto
DR15 -0.10 dB -19.76 dB 14:24 04-Monasterio - Violin Concerto in B minor (2nd version) - I. Allegro ma non troppo
DR14 -1.48 dB -21.06 dB 8:18 05-Monasterio - Violin Concerto in B minor (2nd version) - II. Adagio cantabile
DR16 -0.10 dB -20.54 dB 7:45 06-Monasterio - Violin Concerto in B minor (2nd version) - III. Polaca. Allegro giusto
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Number of tracks: 6
Official DR value: DR14

https://aramalikian.com/
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The Romeros & Alessandro, San Antonio SO - Rodrigo & Vivaldi - Guitar Concertos (1954), SACD, 2004 Decca, Germany

https://www.discogs.com/San-Antonio...ranjuez-And-Concierto-Andaluz/release/9211891



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DR14 -2.40 dB -22.16 dB 5:36 01-Rodrigo: 1. Allegro con spirito [Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra]
DR13 -2.97 dB -24.54 dB 10:53 02-Rodrigo: 2. Adagio [Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra]
DR13 -1.91 dB -23.75 dB 4:28 03-Rodrigo: 3. Allegro gentile [Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra]
DR14 -0.90 dB -21.53 dB 9:12 04-Rodrigo: 1. Tiempo de Bolero [Concierto Andaluz for 4 Guitars and Orchestra]
DR14 -6.71 dB -26.54 dB 9:06 05-Rodrigo: 2. Adagio [Concierto Andaluz for 4 Guitars and Orchestra]
DR14 -3.92 dB -22.63 dB 6:54 06-Rodrigo: 3. Allegretto [Concierto Andaluz for 4 Guitars and Orchestra]
DR13 -3.22 dB -22.61 dB 4:00 07-Vivaldi: Allegro [12 Concertos, Op.3 - "L'estro armonico" - Arr.for 4 Guitars Pepe Romero (1944-) - Concerto No.10 in B minor for 4 violins and cello]
DR12 -5.97 dB -23.84 dB 2:08 08-Vivaldi: Largo-Larghetto [12 Concertos, Op.3 - "L'estro armonico Arr.for 4 Guitars Pepe Romero (1944-) - Concerto No.10 in B minor for 4 violins and cello]
DR13 -5.17 dB -22.92 dB 3:23 09-Vivaldi: Allegro [12 Concertos, Op.3 - "L'estro armonico" - Arr.for 4 Pepe Romero (1944-) - Concerto No.10 in B minor for 4 violins and cello]
DR15 -4.59 dB -24.95 dB 5:22 10-Vivaldi: 1. Allegro [Mandolin Concerto in C, R.425 - Arr. for Guitar, Strings and Continuo by Pepe Romero (b.1944)]
DR13 -12.91 dB -29.24 dB 2:10 11-Vivaldi: 2. Largo [Mandolin Concerto in C, R.425 - Arr. for Guitar, Strings and Continuo by Pepe Romero (b.1944)]
DR14 -3.66 dB -23.00 dB 2:26 12-Vivaldi: 3. Allegro [Mandolin Concerto in C, R.425 - Arr. for Guitar, Strings and Continuo by Pepe Romero (b.1944)]
DR13 -3.38 dB -22.47 dB 3:55 13-Vivaldi: 1. Allegro [Concerto for 2 Mandolins, Strings and Continuo in G, R.532 - Arr. for 2 Guitars, Strings and Continuo by Pepe Romero (b.1944)]
DR13 -11.57 dB -28.10 dB 3:25 14-Vivaldi: 2. Andante [Concerto for 2 Mandolins, Strings and Continuo in G, R.532 - Arr. for 2 Guitars, Strings and Continuo by Pepe Romero (b.1944)]
DR15 -3.73 dB -23.24 dB 3:44 15-Vivaldi: 3. Allegro [Concerto for 2 Mandolins, Strings and Continuo in G, R.532 - Arr. for 2 Guitars, Strings and Continuo by Pepe Romero (b.1944)]
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Number of tracks: 15
Official DR value: DR13

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https://www.amazon.com/Rodrigo-Concierto-Aranjuez-Andaluz-Concertos/dp/B0000057N3#customerReviews
 

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A lovely 1953 mono recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet by Alfed Boskovsky with members of the Vienna Octet. Lovely timbres captured, clarinet and cello particularly.
 

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AMAZING SOUND. You need to read twice the year: 1954.

Adrenaline rush with Concierto de Aranjuez.
 

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Miguel Roa, Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid - Preludes and Choruses from Zarzuelas (1999), CD, Naxos, Spain

https://www.amazon.com/Preludes-Choruses-Zarzuelas-Miguel-Roa/dp/B06XZRC4N2



DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -5.22 dB -19.63 dB 5:26 01-El Tambor de Granaderos - Preludio
DR12 -5.13 dB -21.79 dB 6:18 02-El Barberillo de Lavapiés - El Noble Gremio de costureras
DR12 -4.89 dB -22.20 dB 3:35 03-El Baile de Luis Alonso - Intermedio
DR12 -5.29 dB -23.30 dB 3:08 04-El Rey que rabió - Coro de Doctores
DR11 -5.18 dB -21.54 dB 2:38 05-Agua, Azucarillos y Aguardiente - Preludio
DR10 -5.12 dB -19.87 dB 5:47 06-La Boda de Luis Alonso - Intermedio
DR13 -5.33 dB -22.60 dB 2:14 07-El Chaleco Blanco - Seguidillas
DR12 -5.08 dB -21.28 dB 3:17 08-El Bateo - Preludio
DR16 -5.02 dB -27.48 dB 5:22 09-Bohemios - Intermedio
DR17 -5.38 dB -27.75 dB 3:14 10-El Dúo de la Africana - Nº 3
DR14 -5.38 dB -26.00 dB 4:33 11-El Niño Judío - Preludio
DR13 -5.13 dB -24.63 dB 5:31 12-La Leyenda del Beso - Intermedio
DR14 -5.45 dB -24.26 dB 4:31 13-La del Soto del Parral - Ronda de Enamorados
DR11 -5.34 dB -21.03 dB 6:16 14-El Caserío - Preludio Acto II
DR9 -5.16 dB -19.62 dB 3:22 15-Don Manolito - Ensalada Madrileña
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Number of tracks: 15

Other gift from Julio Belda.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zarzuela

[ Zarzuela (Spanish pronunciation: [θaɾˈθwela]) is a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, the latter incorporating operatic and popular song, as well as dance...

There are two main forms of zarzuela: Baroque zarzuela (c. 1630–1750), the earliest style, and Romantic zarzuela (c. 1850–1950), which can be further divided into two. Main subgenres are género grande and género chico, although other sub-divisions exist.

Zarzuela spread to the Spanish colonies, and many Hispanic countries – notably Cuba – developed their own traditions. There is also a strong tradition in the Philippines where it is also known as sarswela/sarsuela.[2] Other regional and linguistic variants in Spain include the Basque zartzuela and the Catalan sarsuela. ]
 

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AMAZING SOUND. You need to read twice the year: 1954.

Adrenaline rush with Concierto de Aranjuez.
Yes, the microphone positioning they used then produces a much better more natural recorded sound than multiple spot microphones mixed into stereo IME.
 

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Josep Pons & Orquesta Ciudad de Granada - Manuel de Falla - El sombrero de tres picos; Noches en los jardines de España (2003), SACD, harmoni mundi, Germany

https://www.discogs.com/Manuel-De-F...mbrero-De-Tres-Picos-Noches-E/release/8732753



DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -5.93 dB -23.44 dB 1:24 01-El Sombrero de tres picos: Introducción
DR14 -5.37 dB -26.78 dB 6:14 02-La tarde
DR12 -4.34 dB -21.04 dB 2:24 03-Fandango (Danza de la Moliniera)
DR14 -4.53 dB -23.63 dB 5:25 04-El Corregidor
DR14 -14.98 dB -35.08 dB 3:57 05-Seguidillas (Danza de los vecinos)
DR15 -4.96 dB -27.79 dB 3:07 06-Farruca (Danza del Molinero)
DR14 -11.12 dB -29.57 dB 1:48 07-Allegretto
DR18 -15.78 dB -40.77 dB 2:53 08-Las coplas del cuco
DR15 -14.61 dB -35.75 dB 1:45 09-Minué (Danza del Corregidor)
DR16 -7.49 dB -28.94 dB 5:11 10-Allegro
DR16 -4.28 dB -24.48 dB 5:48 11-Danza final. Jota
DR14 -3.91 dB -24.96 dB 10:49 12-Noches en los jardines de España: En el Generalife
DR15 -5.11 dB -26.37 dB 5:23 13-Danza lejana
DR14 -3.98 dB -23.94 dB 8:47 14-En los jardines de la sierra de Córdoba
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Number of tracks: 14
Official DR value: DR15

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https://www.amazon.com/Falla-Sombrero-Three-Cornered-Jardines-Gardens/dp/B0000007BA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_de_Falla
 

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE. El sombrero de tres picos is spectacular.

My brain has secreted too much adrenaline today, so I make a tea (Earl Gray, too late to take a coffee) and finish with an incredible end of party, the audiophile crown jewel.
 

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Ladies and gentlemen, the Jewel of the crown. You NEED a VERY good sound system and A LOT OF WATTS or speakers with very high sensitivity (very high DR). Very careful if you use headphones!!!!!!!!!!!!


Gregorio Paniagua, Atrium Musicae de Madrid - La Folia de la Spagna (2003), SACD, Harmonia mundi, Germany

https://www.discogs.com/Gregorio-Paniagua-La-Folia-De-La-Spagna/release/9475415



DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR19 -8.59 dB -33.84 dB 5:56 01-Fons vitae / Dementia praecox angelorum / Supra solfamirevt
DR17 -7.66 dB -33.72 dB 2:09 02-Extravagans / Laurea minima / In vitro
DR19 -5.67 dB -33.63 dB 2:27 03-Oratio pro-folia / Fama volat / Citrus - Hesperides
DR23 -2.98 dB -33.33 dB 8:12 04-Principalis. Fermescens / Indica exacta / Adverso flumine
DR16 -7.01 dB -32.52 dB 3:11 05-Parsimonia aristocraciae
DR12 -14.82 dB -32.89 dB 1:30 06-Subtilis / De profundis - Extra muros
DR20 -6.34 dB -32.44 dB 1:39 07-Vulgaris - Sine populi notione / Vagula et blandula
DR20 -3.20 dB -30.53 dB 5:06 08-Nordica et desolata / Aurea mediocritas
DR15 -12.51 dB -32.62 dB 2:22 09-Nobilissima / Degradans et corruptae
DR20 -4.79 dB -32.56 dB 5:14 10-De pastoribus / Mathematica dies irae / Crepuscularis / Sine nomine / Tristis est anima mea / Equites fortis armaturae / Audaces fortuna juvat / Sine praeputium / Ecclesiastica
DR17 -3.01 dB -26.07 dB 1:58 11-Theatralis et hipocritae / Ruralis / Alter indica perfecta
DR21 -3.00 dB -28.75 dB 4:34 12-De tolerentia aetherea / Fuga ficta et carrus triumphalis
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR18

CD

https://www.amazon.com/Folia-Gregorio-Paniagua/dp/B000025VM6

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atrium_Musicae_de_Madrid

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Ladies and gentlemen, the Jewel of the crown. You NEED a VERY good sound system and A LOT OF WATTS or speakers with very high sensitivity (very high DR). Very careful if you use headphones!!!!!!!!!!!!


Gregorio Paniagua, Atrium Musicae de Madrid - La Folia de la Spagna (2003), SACD, Harmonia mundi, Germany

https://www.discogs.com/Gregorio-Paniagua-La-Folia-De-La-Spagna/release/9475415



DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR19 -8.59 dB -33.84 dB 5:56 01-Fons vitae / Dementia praecox angelorum / Supra solfamirevt
DR17 -7.66 dB -33.72 dB 2:09 02-Extravagans / Laurea minima / In vitro
DR19 -5.67 dB -33.63 dB 2:27 03-Oratio pro-folia / Fama volat / Citrus - Hesperides
DR23 -2.98 dB -33.33 dB 8:12 04-Principalis. Fermescens / Indica exacta / Adverso flumine
DR16 -7.01 dB -32.52 dB 3:11 05-Parsimonia aristocraciae
DR12 -14.82 dB -32.89 dB 1:30 06-Subtilis / De profundis - Extra muros
DR20 -6.34 dB -32.44 dB 1:39 07-Vulgaris - Sine populi notione / Vagula et blandula
DR20 -3.20 dB -30.53 dB 5:06 08-Nordica et desolata / Aurea mediocritas
DR15 -12.51 dB -32.62 dB 2:22 09-Nobilissima / Degradans et corruptae
DR20 -4.79 dB -32.56 dB 5:14 10-De pastoribus / Mathematica dies irae / Crepuscularis / Sine nomine / Tristis est anima mea / Equites fortis armaturae / Audaces fortuna juvat / Sine praeputium / Ecclesiastica
DR17 -3.01 dB -26.07 dB 1:58 11-Theatralis et hipocritae / Ruralis / Alter indica perfecta
DR21 -3.00 dB -28.75 dB 4:34 12-De tolerentia aetherea / Fuga ficta et carrus triumphalis
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR18

CD

https://www.amazon.com/Folia-Gregorio-Paniagua/dp/B000025VM6

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atrium_Musicae_de_Madrid

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Jeebus.
 

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Test passed. I have been careful and I keep the eardrums. The police have not shown up.

My second system:

PC -> ODAC -> AV Marantz SR 4500 -> KEF Q100, all tweaked/modified by me.

Win 10 Pro 1709 64 bits, very optimized to play multimedia.

KEF Q100 5.25" coaxial speakers, true sensitivity of 85 dB/W/m and minimum 4.7 Ohms

https://www.soundandvision.com/content/marantz-sr4500-av-receiver-ht-labs-measures



[ This graph shows that the SR4500's left channel, from CD input to speaker output with two channels driving 8-ohm loads, reaches 0.1% distortion at 100.4 watts and 1% distortion at 114.6 watts.

Into 4 ohms, the amplifier reaches 0.1% distortion at 128.2 watts and 1% distortion at 158.8 watts... ]

Note: the modern AV, cheap or expensive, do not have this beautiful graph. They sound very good with films but music... It was the cheap model but it has speakers Pre Out like the expensives.
 
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After the party, the hangover.

Ataúlfo Argenta, the mythical director, one of the best off all times. Pity of the cover photo for tourists. Only the bull and a bullfighter are missing, but the recording is VERY GOOD.

Argenta, London SO - Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Chabrier - España - Various Composers (1957), SACD 2012, Decca, Japan

https://www.discogs.com/ArgentaLondon-Symphony-Orchestra-España/release/7939553

Argenta-Londo-SO-O-Suisse-Romande-Chabrier-Espanya-cover.jpg


DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -3.18 dB -21.59 dB 6:32 01-Espana
DR10 -6.74 dB -21.79 dB 1:11 02-Alborada [Capriccio Espagnol]
DR10 -7.65 dB -24.45 dB 4:17 03-Variazioni [Capriccio Espagnol]
DR12 -4.91 dB -21.49 dB 1:13 04-Alborada [Capriccio Espagnol]
DR14 -4.28 dB -25.01 dB 4:44 05-Scena E Canto Gitano [Capriccio Espagnol]
DR12 -3.67 dB -20.69 dB 3:17 06-Fandango Asturiano [Capriccio Espagnol]
DR14 -8.58 dB -29.88 dB 4:07 07-Andaluza
DR14 -7.69 dB -25.79 dB 1:44 08-Spanish Dances No.1 In C Major
DR12 -7.39 dB -26.36 dB 4:09 09-Spanish Dances No.2 In G Minor
DR12 -7.13 dB -24.02 dB 2:46 10-Spanish Dances No.3 In A Major
DR12 -6.30 dB -21.83 dB 2:32 11-Spanish Dances No.4 In B Flat Major
DR12 -7.28 dB -22.74 dB 3:02 12-Spanish Dances No.5 In D Major
DR17 -6.45 dB -30.45 dB 6:48 13-Gigues [Images Pour Orchestre]
DR17 -5.65 dB -29.38 dB 17:54 14-Iberia [Images Pour Orchestre]
DR15 -5.03 dB -27.89 dB 7:40 15-Rondes De Printemps [Images Pour Orchestre]
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Number of tracks: 15
Official DR value: DR13

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ataúlfo_Argenta
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ataúlfo_Argenta
 
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Jaume Aragall - Core 'ngrato (1996)

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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -0.20 dB -16.96 dB 3:56 01-Core 'ngrato
DR11 -0.74 dB -16.23 dB 4:22 02-Dicitencello vuie
DR14 -0.78 dB -19.38 dB 3:16 03-Marechiare
DR12 -0.64 dB -16.90 dB 3:20 04-I' te vurra vasa
DR12 -1.30 dB -18.99 dB 4:00 05-Pecche
DR12 -0.77 dB -17.76 dB 3:59 06-Fenesta che lucive
DR12 -0.95 dB -17.18 dB 3:19 07-Piscatore 'e pusilleco
DR12 -1.18 dB -17.86 dB 3:30 08-Tu, can nun chiagne!
DR12 -0.76 dB -17.11 dB 3:35 09-La serenata
DR12 -0.92 dB -18.77 dB 4:05 10-'na sera 'e maggio
DR12 -0.85 dB -17.89 dB 3:32 11-Sanata Lucia luntana
DR12 0.00 dB -17.86 dB 3:58 12-Musica proibita
DR11 0.00 dB -16.03 dB 2:22 13-Mattinata
DR11 -0.55 dB -16.41 dB 3:27 14-Torna a surriento
DR13 -0.12 dB -17.62 dB 4:02 15-'o sole mio!
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Number of tracks: 15
Official DR value: DR12

[Spanish] https://lazarzuela.webcindario.com/BIO/aragall.htm

To me, the best Spanish tenor is Plácido Domingo. Second the master, Alfredo Kraus (perfect technique, maybe the best technically but cold, without emotion) and third Jaume Aragall. And yes, I do not like Josep Carreras, very inferior.

Problem with Jaume Aragall: very few recordings!

The italians Mario del Monaco y Franco Corelli (technically the worst but the one that more emotion and credibility transmits) are very good too.

[Spanish] https://leitersblues.com/los-20-mejores-tenores-de-la-historia-segun-la-bbc
 
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