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Verdi: La Traviata (Cotrubas, Gedda/Vienna State Opera/Krips, 1971) [Import]

Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Dec 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Orfeo
  • ASIN: B005LZALYE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,892 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Artistic risks facing a leading company like the Vienna State Opera are new productions of the core repertory. By 1971, when a new production of Verdi´s 'La Traviata' was staged under the musical direction of Josef Krips, the house could already look back on more than 200 performances of the work since the end of the Second World War. Krips himself had already conducted the opera, including a performance in the companys temporary home at the Theater an der Wien, but none of the three principals had previously appeared in their roles in Vienna. For the protagonist, Ileana Cotrubas, the first night also marked a huge step forward on the road to an international career. Few young sopranos especially in a performance captured live on the radio have been as successful in achieving so convincing and touching a balance between the vocal agility needed in the opening act and the lyricism and expressive depth of the following acts of the opera. During the years that followed, Violetta became a role that Ileana Cotrubas was often invited to sing in Vienna and with which she was closely associated not only there but elsewhere too, including appearances at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Both in New York and in Vienna it was Cornell MacNeil who as Giorgio Germont had the task of persuading her to renounce her love of Alfredo, which he did with his powerful Heldenbariton voice it was not entirely unexpected when only a year later he appeared in Vienna as Wagners 'Flying Dutchman'. Alfredo himself was sung by Nicolai Gedda, who found in the part a particularly congenial Italian role to set alongside so many others in a repertory of almost unimaginable breadth. His phrasing was wonderfully simple and yet precisely adapted to his partners needs. Not for a moment did he force his voice and yet the top C at the end of his second-act aria could not have been more perfectly focused. Add to this the clear dramatic accents that he brought to the role, and no one in the audience could have wished for a better performance of the figure of the young lover. The rest of the ensemble, which included a young Edita Gruberova as Flora Bervoix, was admirably attuned to the flexible nature of Kripss Italianate style of conducting. If only all the classics of the repertory could always be presented on this same high level

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Oldies 23 Dec 2011
By Joules
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I can not tell you how much pleasure this recording has given me. Sutherland is superb and Bergonzi magnificant. The pace is measured and used to emphasize the drama. I feel sorry for contemporary singers having to compete with the strength of the back catalogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi La Traviata 10 May 2013
By bully
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I bought the cd not because Maria Callas but Alfredo Kraus. He was one of my favourite tenors,he still is,and at the time of the recording he was at his best.
The sound sometimes is not great,but considering that it was a ''live'' recording ,and the date, I think that it is alright. For me it is just fine,and for any fan of Alfredo Kraus I recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "Traviata" for the ages 21 Mar 2010
By Bobby Corno - Published on Amazon.com
For those of us of a certain age, this performance needs no recommendation. It was universally considered THE PERFORMANCE. The only thing we are interested in is the sound. Personally, I have at least two other recordings of this performance and the sound is wretched and I really did not expect too much from this edition. The sound is not great but vastly improved.It resembles a fairly decent early LP. You can actually hear individual instruments in the orchestra and the voices come through clearly.
But for those who are new to this performance, you are in for a real theatrical experience, and that is the principal value of this performance. There are around three or four other performance of Maria Callas as Violetta, and, in my view, two of them are really wonderful (One with Alfredo Kraus and one from London). Similarly, there are a number of other performance with Di Stefano and Bastianini (sic?), but this La Scala performance under the musical guidance of Guilini and the production expertise of Luciano Visconti is a real magical theatrical experience.
All of the performers are thrillingly alive to both the drama and the musical qualities of this really wonderful opera. Callas expert, John Ardoin wrote that if he could have only one recording of Callas, it would be her "Lucia" with Karajan, but I'm sure this "Traviata" would be next. Don't expect great sound but it is a once in a life time performance.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and polished, a beautiful recording with excellent sound quality 11 Jan 2009
By Bonne Vivante - Published on Amazon.com
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I spent a long time listening to sample clips of different recordings of La Traviata before selecting this one. After listening to it in its entirety (over and over!) I couldn't be happier with my choice.

The artists sing with colour, emotion, and the right balance of vocal power and a light, flowing tempo. This recording has many moments which literally take your breath away.

Many people will say the classic recordings of Callas, etc. are superior, but try listening to some of the clips - the background fuzz of the older recordings is completely distracting to me, and prevents me from being able to lose myself in the music and really enjoy it. This recording is crystal clear even when played very loud.

Scotto's voice is clean and elegant, and Bastianini is enjoyable all around. I thoroughly recommend this recording.

It's also a good value - but don't assume it's low quality because of the low price.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good singing, but bad audio 4 Dec 2009
By J. Silver - Published on Amazon.com
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The singing is great, but the people who made the recording added a terrible fake re-verb. And the O mio rimorso is great up until the end when they spliced Hadley's singing out and substituted the high note of someone else singing. That is really just wrong! It totally misrepresents his singing as it is not him singing the high note at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sutherland, the good and the bad 8 Dec 2011
By F. Rupert - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a nice Traviata, and yes the singing is great. Merrill's big aria in Act 2 is really splendid--about the best I've heard. Sutherland is really something in Act 1, giving an impressive lesson in virtuoso bel canto singing. I have not heard another "Sempre libera" that matches this. Her singing in the last act, which is quite the tear-jerker, is very affecting. Overall, this is a compelling Traviata.

However, I am one of those souls who think diction in opera matters. The difference between Dame Joan's diction and the men's is jarring. Every time Sutherland is singing a scene with either Bergonzi or Merrill, her singing is basically a bunch of aws, ohs, and ahs, while the gentlemen enunciate splendidly, especially Bergonzi. If you don't mind this sort of thing, then by all means buy this Traviata. If you want to understand the words, look elsewhere. Callas and Moffo are both excellent.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is no better Violetta! 14 Jun 2012
By S. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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The great Romanian soprano, Virginia Zeani, was renowned for her interpretation of Verdi's heroine, Violetta. It is a role she sang 648 times in a career that took her from one major opera house to the next. In this 1960 live recording from Covent Garden, Zeani is at her best. The role was originally to be sung by Joan Sutherland who had to withdraw at the last moment due to illness. Initially disappointed at Sutherland's indisposition, the audience was quickly overwhelmed by the beauty of Zeani's sumptuous voice and her passionate vocal acting. Despite having no opportunity to rehearse with the remainder of the cast and conductor prior to the broadcast (Zeani literally arrived hours before the performance), Zeani truimphs - she is a beautiful Violetta who easily manages the different soprano voices required in each of the acts. This is a memorable performance to supplement other live Traviatas with Zeani and her one complete studio recording of the role.
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