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Verdi: La Traviata à Paris (SOUNDTRACK)

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  • Performer: Eteri Gvazava, José Cura, Rolando Panerai, Raphaëlle Farman
  • Orchestra: Solisti Cantori, RAI National Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (10 July 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Teldec
  • ASIN: B00004TT0K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,917 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. La traviata, Act 1: Prelude
  2. La traviata, Act 1: "Dell'invito trascorsa e gia l'ora" (Violetta, Flora, Alfredo, Gastone, Douphol, Marchese, Dottore, Chorus)
  3. La traviata, Act 1: "Libiamo, libiamo ne'lieti calici" (Violetta, Flora, Alfredo, Gastone, Douphol, Marchese, Dottore, Chorus)
  4. La traviata, Act 1: "Che e cio" (Violetta, Flora, Alfredo, Gastone, Douphol, Marchese, Dottore, Chorus)
  5. La traviata, Act 1: "Oh! qual pallor!" (Violetta, Alfredo)
  6. La traviata, Act 1: "Un di felice" (Alfredo, Violetta)
  7. La traviata, Act 1: "Si ridesta in ciel l'aurora" (Chorus)
  8. La traviata, Act 1: "E strano! e strano! Ah, fors'e lui" (Violetta)
  9. La traviata, Act 1: "Follie!... Sempre libera" (Violetta, Alfredo)
  10. La traviata, Act 2: "Lunge da lei" (Alfredo)
  11. La traviata, Act 2: "De' miei bollenti spiriti" (Alfredo)
  12. La traviata, Act 2: "Annina, donde vieni?" (Alfredo, Annina)
  13. La traviata, Act 2: "Oh, mio rimorso!" (Alfredo)
  14. La traviata, Act 2: "Alfredo?" (Violetta, Annina, Giuseppe, Germont)
  15. La traviata, Act 2: "Pura siccome un angelo" (Germont)
  16. La traviata, Act 2: "Dite alla giovine" (Violetta, Germont)
  17. La traviata, Act 2: "Dammi tu forza, o cielo" (Violetta, Annina, Alfredo Commissionario, Germont)
  18. La traviata, Act 2: "Ah, vive sol quel core" (Alfredo, Giuseppe, Commissionario, Germont)
  19. La traviata, Act 2: "Di Provenza il mar" (Germont, Alfredo)

Disc: 2

  1. La traviata, Act 2: "Avrem lieta di maschere la notte" (Flora, Marchese, Dottore)
  2. La traviata, Act 2: "Noi siamo zingarelle" (Chorus, Flora, Marchese, Dottore)
  3. La traviata, Act 2: "Di Madride noi siam matadori" (Gastone, Flora, Dottore, Marchese, Chorus)
  4. La traviata, Act 2: "Alfredo! Voi!" (Violetta, Flora, Alfredo, Gastone, Douphol, Marchese, Dottore, Domestico, Chorus)
  5. La traviata, Act 2: "Invitato a qui seguirmi" (Violetta, Alfredo)
  6. La traviata, Act 2: "Ogni suo aver" (Alfredo, Gastone, Douphol, Dottore, Marchese, Chorus)
  7. La traviata, Act 2: "Di sprezzo degno" (Violetta, Flora, Alfredo, Gastone, Germont, Douphol, Marchese, Dottore, Chorus)
  8. La traviata: Prelude to Act 3
  9. La traviata, Act 3: "Annina?, Commandate?" (Violetta, Annina, Dottore)
  10. La traviata, Act 3: "Teneste la promezza" (Violetta)
  11. La traviata, Act 3: "Addio, del passato bei sogni" (Violetta)
  12. La traviata, Act 3: "Largo al quadrupede sir della festa" (Chorus)
  13. La traviata: "Signora, Che t'accadde?" (Annina)
  14. La traviata, Act 3: "Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo" (Alfredo)
  15. La traviata, Act 3: "Ah! Gran dio! morir si giovane" (Violetta, Alfredo)
  16. La traviata, Act 3: "Ah! Violetta! - Voi, signor" (Violetta, Annina, Alfredo, Germont, Dottore)
  17. La traviata, Act 3: "Se una pudica vergine" (Violetta, Annina, Alfredo, Germont, Dottore)

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TEL 857382741; TELEFUNKEN - GERMANIA; Classica Lirica

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Hot on the heels of the June 2000 La traviata à Paris, which was broadcast live to an international television audience of millions, comes the CD of the production. The two-disc release is not a studio recording but the actual soundtrack of the television film, which was made over two days in the sort of venues Verdi had in mind when composing the opera. Hence the opening party takes place in Paris's Italian embassy--and you can hear the clanking of crockery and cutlery in the background. Of course this might not be to everyone's taste (we also get to hear birds, feet, doors and a host of other things) but for me it singles this recording out as unique--we are drawn in to the action but without the extraneous audience noise which scars many live recordings. José Cura is dynamic in his first Alfredo on disc, but the real star of the show is the hitherto little-known Siberian soprano Eteri Gvazava who really makes the role of Violetta her own in a highly-charged emotional performance. Zubin Mehta directs a spirited Orchestra Singonica Nazionale della RAI. --Rebecca Agnew

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By A Customer on 6 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I don't care what anyone says, this is a great Traviata.All the beauty and drama of the score comes through on this recording.There are some cuts(pity about Germonts cabaletta in act two-poor baritones give them a break!) but all in all the right choices were made.As for the singing-wow! I have not heard a better ensemble in a long time.That is not to say that there are not great recordings form the past but there is always room for more, especially when the artists are this good (Don't forget about the past but don't ignore the present!) Jose Cura is magnificent ,he makes a sometimes dreary role into an interesting character.Having been used to hearing him in heavier roles such as Otello and Samson I was delighted to hear him making such a great job of the lyrical passages such as the love duet from act one (glad to see he has gotton rid of his habit of scooping up to the notes and instead glides onto them).I hope this confounds his critics and that they can finally appreciate him for the great artist he is.Bravo! Gvazava is also excellent in the title role and although she may not be the greatest interpreter of the part ever she still makes a bloody good job of it (especially in act three).I hope we hear a lot more of her in the future.As for Panerai,yes yes I know his pitch went a bit awry at times but the man is 75 for Gods sake,how many people that age do you know can sing that well.I think he made a fabulous job of Germont and his characterization was well formed and his use of the words transmitted the part to the audience and his voice is still a beautiful instrument.All the compimario parts were well filled and Mehta conducts a spirited performance.I especially liked his reading of act three.I believe that this is an excellent version of the opera and would be a great introduction to the art form.
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This is a fine recording of a great opera. Indeed there's little point in writing a review- everyone has heard of it or seen it. It was a great idea, I just wish that there were more of these live operas.
Eteri Gvazava has a stunning voice- tragic and warm at times. Rolando Panerai is also very fine. My only quibble is with Jose Cura. I cannot understand all the hype about him. Yes, he has a fine voice, but it appears to me to be little more than a feeble immitation of his tutor Domingo- he doesn't have the warmth, flexibility or the effortless range. He sounds more like a baritone singing a tenor role. However, that is my own taste.
Another reason I avoided giving five stars is the fact that there are so many good recordings, many that are better; Domingo and Cotrubas are very good; del Monte and de los Angeles make a very spirited performance. However, one of the best has to be Sutherland and Bergonzi. What more can be said about these two giants of opera other than that there great? For me Bergonzi is Alfredo and Sutherland is Violetta!
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This is an unusual, live reording with the accompaniament of the surroundings yet it astounds in its clarity. Cura never disappoints with the acting coming through on the soundtrack. A wonderful recording and we look forward to seeing the video. Etira Gvazava is delightful, in beautiful voice. It is just a pity that her Italian has such strong Russian overtones. Zubin Mehta keeps control of all from such a distance yet one would suspect that all the participants are together. A strong supporting cast completes this interesting venture. We look forward to the next presentations which are promised. Cura is right to explore the new forms of media if the result is likely to be of this kind of quality!
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Good solid version in which newcomer Eteri Gvazava shows good promise. Jose Cura confirms his position as the best of the younger tenors. Rolando Panerai is a very weak and wobbly Germont and detracts a lot from Act 2. Zubin Mehta and orchestra superb. Act 1 stands out as the highlight of the CD with the voices of Gvazava and Cura harmonising well. There is a lot of Placido Domingo in Cura's dark baritoney tenor - which is no small compliment to Cura.
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Cutted as always!Last act without second verse of Addio del passato, without second verse of Gran Dio, morir,; without singing finale.Completely desastereus Germont of voiceless Panerai. Desastereus film directing of specially act II.( at the border of stupidity)Only very good thing is sound and beautifull orcestra directing of Mehta. D. Aleksic
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