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Verdi: La Traviata / Pritchard, Sutherland, Bergonzi

Release Date: 10/10/2006 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000717302   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan SutherlandCarlo BergonziRobert MerrillPiero de Palma,   ... 
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale OrchestraFlorence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Joan Sutherland who, three years earlier had wowed the world with her Lucia, easily accomplishes the act 1 coloratura... She does manage to inflect emotion into Violetta’s solos in act 3 with a particularly poignant rendering of the letter scene. Bergonzi’s Alfredo in this recording is one of his best assumptions on record. His voice is at its lightest with near perfect legato and with phrasing that other tenors can only aspire to. He launches Alfredo’s Brindisi with aplomb (CD 1 tr. 3). He fully encompasses the emotions of act 2 as first Alfredo luxuriates in his and Violetta’s existence in the country in Lunge de lei and then realises who is paying the bills (CD 2 trs. 8-10) and then what his father is demanding. Despite my enthusiasm for Read more those contributions from Bergonzi, it is in the duet Parigi o cara with Violetta (CD 2 tr. 11) that he and Sutherland really produce the vocal goods and do justice to Verdi’s magnificent and painfully dramatic creation. As Alfredo’s father Germont, Robert Merrill is vocally secure, refulgent of tone and expressive... [H]is singing of Di provenza il mar (CD 2 tr. 2), as he tries to tempt Alfredo back home, is exemplary and a great strength of the performance. The lesser roles are never less than adequate with Piero de Palma’s Gastone and Giovanni Foiani’s Doctor Grenvil more than that. John Pritchard conducts with a nice feel for Verdian cantilena and gives the singers time for their phrasing whilst not losing dramatic impetus. The recording is on the warm side without muddying the clarity of the orchestra and singers.

-- Robert J Farr, MusicWeb International [4/2007]
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Works on This Recording

La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Robert Merrill (Baritone),
Piero de Palma (Tenor), Giovanni Foiani (Bass), Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor),
Tereno Meridionale (Baritone), Mario Frosini (Bass), Paolo Pedani (Bass)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 152 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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