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
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]
Works on This Recording
La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
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)
Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,
Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Written: 1853; Italy
Date of Recording: 1961
Length: 152 Minutes 0 Secs.
La traviata / Act 1: Prelude
La traviata / Act 1: "Dell'invito trascorsa č giŕ l'ora"
La traviata / Act 1: "Libiamo ne'lieti calici" (Brindisi)
La traviata / Act 1: "Che č ciň?"
La traviata / Act 1: "Un dě felice, eterea...Si ridesta in ciel l'aurora"
La traviata / Act 1: "E strano!" - "Ah, fors'č lui"
La traviata / Act 1: "Follie! Delirio vano č questo!" - "Sempre libera"
La traviata / Act 2: "Lunge da lei"
La traviata / Act 2: "De' miei bollenti spiriti...Annina, donde vieni?
La traviata / Act 2: "O mio rimorso!...Alfredo?
La traviata / Act 3: "Signora..." "Che t'accade?...Parigi, o cara"
La traviata / Act 2: "Pura, siccome un angelo...Un dě, quando le veneri"
La traviata / Act 3: Parigi, o cara...Ah! Gran Dio!
La traviata / Act 2: "Dite alla giovine...Non amarlo ditegli"
La traviata / Act 3: Ah, Violetta!...Se una pudica vergine
La traviata / Act 2: "Dammi tu forza, o ciel!...Ah, vive sol quel core"
La traviata / Act 2: "Di Provenza il mar...Né risponde d'un padre..."
La traviata / Act 2: "No, non udrai rimproveri"
La traviata / Act 2: "Avrem lieta di maschere la notte...Di Madridi"
La traviata / Act 2: "Alfredo! Voi!...Or tutti a me...Ogni suo aver"
La traviata / Act 2: "Di sprezzo degno...Alfredo, Alfredo, di questo core"
La traviata / Act 3: Prelude. "Annina? Comandate?
La traviata / Act 3: "Tenesta la promessa" - "Attendo, né a me giungon mai" - "Addio del passato"
La traviata / Act 3: "Largo a quadrupede"
Be the first to review this title