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This review is from: Verdi: La Traviata (Audio CD)
I agree with the other comments largely about this Traviata, but wanted to add that neither EMI live sets of this opera and diva is ideal. The sound from La Scala is pretty poor frankly, especially towards the end. THe performance is quite something. From Lisbon, the sound is marginally better, Callas slightly more strident, and the prompter can be heard throughout, which is a shame.
The does exist another Traviata: Covent Garden 1958. The sound is remarkably clean and clear, Rescigno conducts like a man posessed, Cesare Valetti is a fabulous Alfredo...and Callas? She is not in her best voice - but she turns that entirely to her advantage and gives us what I think is her greatest recorded Violetta. It's never been commercially released by EMI but look out for it, it just might turn up one day...
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Initial post: 19 Dec 2009 16:50:25 GMT
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Ralph Moore says:
Agreed; I cannot understand why that Covent Garden recording isn't better known; it's by far the best of the live Callas sets. It's now available on both IDIS (see my review) and (more cheaply) Myto, in sound far superior to the Lisbon and La Scala recordings.
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