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The Verdi Opera Selection Vol 3 - Un Ballo In Maschera, La Forza Del Destino, La Traviata

Verdi / Domingo / Wiener Philharmoniker / Solti
Release Date: 08/27/2013 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 107533  
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Florence QuivarPlacido DomingoJosephine BarstowLeo Nucci,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Georg SoltiZubin MehtaLorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraFlorence Maggio Musicale OrchestraFlorence Maggio Musicale Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Picture format: NTSC 4:3 (Un Ballo in Maschera) / 16:9 (La Forza del Destino, La Traviata)
Sound format: PCM Stereo (Un Ballo in Maschera) + Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1 (La Forza del Destino, La Traviata)
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish (La Forza del Destino, La Traviata) + Chinese (Un Ballo in Maschera)
Running time: 5 hours 36 mins
No. of DVDs: 4 (DVD 9)

R E V I E W S:

We are indeed lucky to have this excellent cast in this lavish production. Visually it is very traditional – no quirky ideas and innovations; just a truly beautiful and magnificent staging... In the centre of the proceedings Placido Domingo is noble and
Read more dignified. He sings better than in any of his three complete audio recordings, finding more nuances than ever... Readers with non-traditionalist leanings should look elsewhere, but to everybody else, who needs one DVD-version of Un ballo in maschera, I can enthusiastically say: Here it is!

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
reviewing Un Ballo in Maschera, also available individually

Without a doubt the star of this production is Angela Gheorghiu (Violetta), oh she of the Royal Opera House DVD and CD fame more than ten years ago now. And it shows: this is a mature Gheorghiu, a refined palette of vocal colouring, a deep emotional involvement with the words and music and the ability to produce the different sopranos required for the three Acts, sparkling coloratura with the suggestion that she is becoming unwell in Act I, the reality of Act II with its plot development, and lyricism for the final Act... Gheorghiu gets so inside the character of Violetta that there is never a moment’s doubt about any aspect of her performance.

-- Robert McKechnie, MusicWeb International
reviewing La Traviata, also available individually Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Florence Quivar (Mezzo Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Josephine Barstow (Soprano),
Leo Nucci (Baritone), Sumi Jo (Soprano), Kurt Rydl (Bass),
Wolfgang Witte (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 28 July 1990 
2. La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Roberto Scandiuzzi (Bass), Carlo Bosi (Tenor), Violeta Urmana (Soprano),
Alessandro Luongo (Baritone), Carlo Guelfi (Baritone), Marcello Giordani (Tenor),
Yulia Gertseva (Mezzo Soprano), Bruno De Simone (Baritone), Duccio Dal Monte (Bass),
Filippo Polinelli (Bass), Antonella Trevisan (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
3. La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tiziana Tramonti (Soprano), Roberto Frontali (Baritone), Enrico Cossutta (Tenor),
Natascha Petrinsky (Soprano), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Ramón Vargas (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2007 
Venue:  Teatro alla Scalla di Milano 
Length: 134 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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