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Verdi: La Traviata - Highlights / Bonynge, Sutherland, Et Al


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 400057   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan SutherlandLuciano PavarottiMatteo ManuguerraMarjon Lambriks,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...[S]ample the end of Act 1, the climax of "Sempre libera". There, if anywhere one would expect that a Violetta too old for the part, particularly one who sees it as a big dramatic rather than a lyric role, would show the strain. In fact if I had to choose a moment where the continuing command of Sutherland, the sense of exhilaration in a challenge triumphantly taken, comes over, it is there... [I]t is totally joyful, as indeed the whole of "Sempre libera" is, rhythmically better sprung than before, the voice richer but just as agile, with trills more precise than with anyone else.

If Sutherland's new view of the greatest of Verdian soprano roles is on its own ample justification for [this] set, there is
Read more much else in its favour even in competition against the sets listed... With Bonynge the Brindisi has an urgent spring to it, fast and bouncing, and there Luciano Pavarotti establishes his individual style as Alfredo, underlining words markedly, shading the tone and phrasing with commendable variety, presenting at once the figure of a rather arrogant pushing young man, which after all is dramatically justifiable...

The combination of qualities puts this for me at the very head of the current list of 11 versions of La traviata...

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [4/1981]
reviewing this recording on LP
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Works on This Recording

1. La traviata: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1979 
2. La traviata: Libiamo ne' lieti calici "Brindisi" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Opera Chorus,  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
3. La traviata: Un dì, felice by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
4. La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui...Sempre libera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
5. La traviata: O mio rimorso! O infamia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Notes: This selection begins with "Lunge da lei..." 
6. La traviata: Pura siccome un' angelo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Matteo Manuguerra (Baritone), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
7. La traviata: Addio del passato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Notes: This selection begins with "Teneste la promessa..." 
8. La traviata: Parigi, o cara by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
9. La traviata: Prendi, quest' è l'immagine by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Marjon Lambriks (Mezzo Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano),
Matteo Manuguerra (Baritone), Giorgio Tadeo (Bass)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ah! Violetta!..." 

Sound Samples

La traviata / Act 3: Ah, Violetta!...Se una pudica vergine
La traviata / Act 1: Prelude
La traviata / Act 1: "Libiamo ne'lieti calici" (Brindisi)
La traviata / Act 1: "Un dì felice, eterea"
La traviata / Act 1: "E strano!" - "Ah, fors'è lui" - "Sempre libera"
La traviata / Act 2: Lunge da lei...O mio rimorso!
La traviata / Act 2: "Pura, siccome un angelo...Un dì, quando le veneri"
La traviata / Act 3: Teneste la promessa...Addio del passato
La traviata / Act 3: "Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo"
La traviata / Act 3: Ah, Violetta!...Se una pudica vergine

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