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2 CD BOXED SET with libretto. Performer(s): Marton, d'Artegna, Titus, Araiza, Calm, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Munchner Rundfunkorchester/Steinberg.

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HASH(0x911bde1c) out of 5 stars Really good alternative to the lessor Del Monaco/Tebaldi version. 7 Mar. 2013
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Format: Audio CD
Few people know much about La Wally, Alfredo Catalani's only known opera, and what people generally know about it can be summarized in a few sentences. The first being Wally's aria ''Ebben Ne andro lontana,'' in the movie Diva. Then, perhaps some old fans would know that Toscanini, a Catalani fan, named one of his daughters after the heroine. La Wally.in fact is a story of a young Tyrolean woman who defies her father, flouts convention, suffers emotionally, and (of course) meets accidental death with her lover just as happiness finally looms. Such a story ought to appeal to any fan of Italian potboilers.
Puccini, with his passion for tough heroines, would have loved Wally, and Catalani, who died in 1893 at age 39, clearly enjoyed his heroine. But La Wally is not "verismo" but a kind of poetic drama descending from Weber that Catalani, alone among his Italian contemporaries, was trying to develop. The story, adapted from a German novel, is not silly, but it hovers between reality and a sort of symbolic fantasy world in a way that takes a little getting used to (and a little imaginative sympathy).
Hungarian soprano Éva Marton, more at home in Wagner, seems too mature as the fiery mountain girl, but Alan Titus, as the bad guy, and Francisco Araiza, the good guy, give vibrant performances.
The recorded sound, however, is rather dim. Otherwise, this recording, despite Marton's relative vocal maturity, would have been the best available recording of this work in the field.
A good alternative to the classic Tebaldi/del Monaco vintage, who overall lacked the Alpine and Germanic touches in its readings and performances that this one owns.
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