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Verdi : La traviata

Edita Gruberová, Patricia Spence, Neil Shicoff, Kim Begley, Giorgio Zancanaro, Alastair Miles, Carlo Rizzi & London Symphony Orchestra
3 April 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar 1992
  • Release Date: 1 Mar 1992
  • Label: Warner Classics International
  • Copyright: 1992 Teldec Classics International GMBH
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  • Total Length: 2:10:17
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  • ASIN: B001F0U8WY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Viva Verdi on 14 Feb 2014
Format: Audio CD
Not a lot leaps out at you when you read the cast list of this Traviata, but from the opening notes you can tell much thought has gone into the recording. I've never heard the ppp marking on the opening bars of the prelude so faithfully followed - the LSO violins sustaining a whisper.

From then one there is not a great deal to highlight in the opening scene. Gruberova has all the notes, and whilst Shicoff has a slightly pushed sound he is more than competent. In Act II Shicoff puts in a top C at the end of the cabaletta "Oh mio rimorso" - a lesson to tenors in demonstrating a healthy full range. Unfortunately his attempt at a mezza-voce for the beginning of "Parigi o cara" fails.

I might have unfairly skipped over Gruberova but I have to compare her to Caballe, Callas, Freni and Cotrubas, as favourite Violettas, and, as I say, Gruberova has all the notes but fails to draw pity. Having said that Gruberova's breath control and vocal line during "Addio del passato" is exquisite.

The star for me is Zancanaro. His slightly shrill timbre is not to everyone's taste but in his duet with Violetta he modulates his tone and volume - gently drawing her into submission. He's sensitive and understanding, yet authoritative in "Di provenza" - a 3D Germont.

My one criticism of Rizzi is his reticence to punctuate Verdi's dramatic accents, which litter his operas. The drama is all there, you just need to accentuate it with the musicians. Nevertheless, this is still a very good Traviata and worthy of a shade more than four stars.
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A great Traviata 12 Dec 2001
By Daniel G. Madigan - Published on Amazon.com
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This set has Edita Gruberova singing in top form, all her scooping cast aside, which one finds in abundance in her Lucia under Richard Bonynge. Here, however, she makes ravishing use of those bits of tone that only she can produce: those instances of coloratura and dramatic legato with little asides and small florishes of style that suggest her intelligent approach and her high degree of musical involvement in this role. She does this in her I Puritani and her Anna Bolena, less so in Roberto Deveraux and Maria Stuarda(both sets).
Listen to Addio del passato and the Sempre Libra...ravishing, yes, but there are again those nuances learned from Callas that she makes her own. A very singualr perform,ance, and extremely moving with its detail and cry for pity throughout..from the start even.
Neil Schicoff is excellent, not an unworthy Alfredo at all! His is a great lyric tenor voice that should have been in the top line, but because of some bad moves in his career he appears only occasionally on disc and on the stage..more often now at the Met but wihtout the luster of former days.
His Alfredo is intense and dramatic and very passionate.
Giorgio Zancanaro is definitive as Germont, as he has been in many Verdi roles, especially in I Vespri Siciliani(the DVD of this has been released and I recommend it for him alone), and Don Carlo. Here he is moving, very authoratative, and he has a commanding ring to his voice, full of pathos and hatred for himself at the close. A magnificent achievement, and the other two are with him all the way.
Buy this La Traviata and Callas's with De Stefano, and Scotto's and Sills', but do not miss this plaintive recording, so aware of mortality and its encroachment.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not bad at all 11 Jan 2001
By J. Luis Juarez Echenique - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It is true Edita Gruberova is not the warmest of sopranos, but in her own way, she gives a very honest and accomplished performance. But what's most important, hers is an individual, honest and believable Violetta. Her Alfredo is only passable, but Giorgio Zancanaro's Germont is one of the finest ever recorded. Even if this Traviata does not displace Callas or Scotto in our affections, it's far better than most digital versions, including Studer's, Gheorghiu's and Fabbriccini's.
My 7th Traviata set 6 Feb 2014
By jose - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't wait to get this Gruberova version, but from all the ones I have (Sutherland 1, Sutherland 2, Scotto 1, Caballe, Sills, Studer), especially for her young age at the moment of this recording. I got the same bad surprise than with her Lucia of the same year (1991). her voice is really good, but Shicoff, sounds in both like he's agonizing. her voice sounds sad or is no good, I don't know what. if you want this like me as your 5th, 6th or 7th Traviata, go for it, is not that bad, shicoff is better than bergonzi on his 2nd Traviata with Caballe, but Caballe is way superior to Gruberova by a lot. But Shicoff is not better than Bergonzi 1, Pavarotti 1 &2, & Gedda. I don't own any set of this opera with Domingo, so i'm not including him. that's why I can't put this one before the other first 4 flawless performances. Zancaro is no Merrill or Manuguerra (my favorite Germont) but does his part. All my other Traviatas have 5 star rating, this one looses a star bcos of shicoff
1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
La Traviata is not match with Edita Gruberova 23 Nov 2000
By YiJin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I like the voice of Edita Gruberova. Her cold and straight voice is very beautiful. So according to her voice, I think she does not match with the role which is full of energy.
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