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Verdi: La Traviata / Te Kanawa, Hvorostovsky, Mehta

Release Date: 09/16/2008 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 464982   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Roberto ScaltritiGiorgio GattiDmitri HvorostovskyOlga Borodina,   ... 
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale ChorusFlorence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...Kiri Te Kanawa, a beautiful Violetta in the opera house, is in her most mellifluous voice here. Her characterisation is perhaps somewhat bland in Act I, but the aria ‘Ah fors’è lui’ is exquisitely vocalised, and its cabaletta tossed off with a flourish, though without the usually interpolated E flat at the end. She becomes more involved in the proceedings in Acts II and III, and is at her most affecting in the duet ‘Parigi, o cara’, launched with gentle solicitude by Alfredo Kraus... Hvorostovsky is a surprisingly effective Germont, commanding in his great Act II scene with Te Kanawa, and phrasing his aria ‘Di Provenza’ most elegantly. Zubin Mehta occasionally chooses some eccentric tempos, but for the most part conducts Read more authoritatively, and the recording is excellent...

-- Charles Osborne, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Roberto Scaltriti (Baritone), Giorgio Gatti (Baritone), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone),
Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano), Silvia Mazzoni (Mezzo Soprano), Barry Banks (Tenor),
Donato Di Stefano (Baritone), Alessandro Calamai (Baritone), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano),
Alfredo Kraus (Tenor), Vito Roberti (Voice), Massimo La Guardia (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 

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