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Verdi: La Traviata Hybrid SACD

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  • Audio CD (10 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B0002CX4R2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. La Traviata (38 Tracks On 2 Discs) - Giuseppe Verdi

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By lionheart on 5 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
Recorded when the cast were at the height of their combined talents, this is a wonderful, heartbreaking recording that will bowl over anyone who enjoys good singing and sincere interpretation. Although the score is not absolutely complete, many traditional cuts are reinstated (the cabalettas for the two Germonts, for example) and it is conducted with a Toscanini - like feverishness by Kleiber. There is more ebb and flow to his reading than in the old recording by the great Italian conductor, and he is more sympathetic to his singers, but he sweeps the listener along with the sheer passion and drama of his conception of the opera: it's like a race against time, and a thrilling ride.

Amidst this hectic adrenalin rush, Domingo and Milnes still shine with both giving sensitive, warm singing. But of course it is Ileana Cotrubas' Violetta that makes this recording irresistable. Hers is a young, vulnerable almost pathetic heroine, crushed by the weight of the double standard that allows men to condemn her for having "a past". Her highly sensitive and deeply intelligent singing, her unusual and often breathtakingly beautiful timbre haunts the listener like no other.

Few Violetta's can look deep inside the soul of the part and communicate that to their audience. The party scenes are dazzlingly sung; "sempre libera" hold no fears even though it pushes her to her limits. It becomes a scene of defiant desperation, a decision to cling to life, a wonderful expression of the character and never a show piece. She caps it with a high E flat in alt. Elsewhere the big key scenes - "Amami Alfredo" and the final aria "addio del Passato" are all done superbly. Hers is not a big round voice like Sutherland, nor a spinto like Scotto. But no other singer since Callas has sounded so ill, so frantic, so tragic, or so RIGHT.

Fabulous sound, and some reissues are a mid-price. It's a traviata to die for, and a recording to live with.
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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Huge Error in the SACD Hybrid version 12 Dec 2004
By Kostas Sarantidis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This SACD Hybrid release of Kleiber's La Traviata gets a full 5 stars for the performance, but 1 star for the remastering of the 1977 recording. Hence my 3 stars in this review.

At the beginning of Track 7, Disc One, there is a crescendo in the strings which leads to the re-entry of the chorus with "Si ridesta in ciel l'aurora." In the score, the beginning of this crescendo overlaps with the final chord of the on-stage band. There is no break in the music. This is exactly how you hear it in the original CD release of the Kleiber recording and in other recordings of La Traviata. In the new SACD hybrid release, you hear the final chord of the stage band and then there are 6 seconds of silence in Track 6 before you hear the string crescendo at the beginning of track 7. This destroys the continuity of the piece and is simply WRONG. I don't understand how such an editing mistake could have been made.

Furthermore, the sound on this new remastering is not significantly better than what you hear on the old CD version still available at regular price. And the booklet has been reduced in size and content.

All in all, I can't recommend this release. The recording is one of the best Traviatas out there, but you should buy the regular CD edition and skip this SACD Hybrid version - at least until Universal has corrected their terrible edit mistake in Act 1. The sound on the old CD version is excellent!
La Traviata: one of the best productions if not the best! 24 Feb 2014
By H. Jurgen Meyer-Wendt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It is one of the finest I have heard and I have heard many over the years. Absolutely one of the best !
6 of 17 people found the following review helpful
done by the masters 28 Nov 2006
By A. Souto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Clearly SACD is at top of everything we were used to hear. Of course, many collectionists will complain because of how much did they spent on thousands of records. I use to get bored by hearing allways the same tunes, and this super audio cd's (and sony's dsd remastered columbia records as well) bring new air to well known performances.
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