Verdi: La Traviata

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Farao Classic's recording of "La Traviata" is revelatory, largely because of the extraordinary quality of the principals who, until this release, were largely unknown to international audiences. Anja Harteros is a stunningly effective Violetta -- fresh and young sounding, with absolute vocal security and interpretive sensitivity. Her tone is natural and unforced, she sings with beautiful intonation, and the skill and psychological range and insight with which she shapes the vocal lines make this a performance of the highest order. Her of renunciation of Alfredo and her death scene are heartbreakingly poignant, great moments of theater. Her voice and her dramatic depth ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Farao Classic's recording of "La Traviata" is revelatory, largely because of the extraordinary quality of the principals who, until this release, were largely unknown to international audiences. Anja Harteros is a stunningly effective Violetta -- fresh and young sounding, with absolute vocal security and interpretive sensitivity. Her tone is natural and unforced, she sings with beautiful intonation, and the skill and psychological range and insight with which she shapes the vocal lines make this a performance of the highest order. Her of renunciation of Alfredo and her death scene are heartbreakingly poignant, great moments of theater. Her voice and her dramatic depth clearly mark Harteros as an artist to watch out for. The same could be said for Paolo Gavanelli; his burnished, vibrant tone in service to a nuanced, compassionate characterization makes his Germont genuinely compelling. Piotr Beczala makes an intense, passionate Alfredo, and he sings with an open-throated, clarion sound, but he sounds too consistently overwrought to be completely persuasive. Zubin Mehta is in top form, in complete control of the score's tragic dramatic arc; his reading is both shapely in its details and propulsive in its theatricality. The Bayerischen Staatsorchester and the Chorus of the Bayerischen Staatsoper are fully responsive to his direction and perform with finesse and urgency. The SACD's clarity, presence, and balance are unusually good for a live recording. This fine new version should be of strong interest to anyone who loves the opera.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2008
  • Label: Farao Records
  • UPC: 675754938024
  • Catalog Number: 108070

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–29 La Traviata, opera - Giuseppe Verdi & Gerhard Auer (121:01)
    Composed byGiuseppe Verdi
    Conducted byZubin Mehta
    Performed byGerhard Auer, Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, Paolo Gavanelli, Helena Jungwirth, Andrés Máspero, Zubin Mehta, Dieter Miserre, Piotr Beczala, Anja Harteros, Kevin Conners, Maximilian Schmitt, Pawel Czekala, Heike Grötzinger, Steven Humes, Rüdiger Trebes
    1. 1Preludio
    2. 2Act 1. Introduzione. Dell'invito trascorsa è già l'ora
    3. 3Act 1. Brindisi. Libiamo ne lieti calici
    4. 4Act 1. Valzero e Duetto. Che è ciò?
    5. 5Act 1. Valzero e Duetto. Un dì felice, eterea
    6. 6Act 1. Stretta dell'Introduzione. Si ridesta in ciel l'aurora
    7. 7Act 1. Scena ed Aria - Finale. È strano! - ah, fors'è lui
    8. 8Act 1. Scena ed Aria - Finale. Follie! Delirio vano è questo! - Sempre libera
    9. 9Act 2. Scena ed Aria. Lunge da lei - De'miei bollenti spiriti
    10. 10Act 2. Scena e Duetto. Alfredo? / Per Parigi or or partiva
    11. 11Act 2. Scena e Duetto. Pura siccome un angelo
    12. 12Act 2. Scena e Duetto. Un dì, quando le veneri
    13. 13Act 2. Scena e Duetto. Imponete / Non amarlo ditegli
    14. 14Act 2. Scena. Dammi tu forza, o cielo!
    15. 15Act 2. Scena ed Aria. Ah, vive sol quel core
    16. 16Act 2. Scena ed Aria. Di Provenza il mar, il suol
    17. 17Act 2. Scena ed Aria. Né rispondi d'un padre all'affetto? - No, non udrai rimproveri
    18. 18Act 2. Finale 2. Avrem lieta di maschere la notte
    19. 19Act 2. Finale 2. Di Madride noi siam mattadori
    20. 20Act 2. Finale 2. Alfredo Voi!
    21. 21Act 2. Finale 2. Invitato a qui seguirimi
    22. 22Act 2. Finale 2. Di sprezzo degno se stesso rende
    23. 23Act 3. Preludio
    24. 24Act 3. Scena ed Aria. Annina? / Comandate?
    25. 25Act 3. Scena ed Aria. Teneste la promessa - Attendo, attendo, né a me giungon mai! - Addio del pass
    26. 26Act 3. Baccanale. Largo al quadrupede
    27. 27Act 3. Scena e Duetto. Signora... / Che t'accadde?
    28. 28Act 3. Scena e Duetto. Ah, non più! - Ah, gran Dio! Morir sì giovine
    29. 29Act 3. Finale ultimo. Ah, Violetta! - Voi, Signor?
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Performance Credits
Zubin Mehta Primary Artist
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