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Verdi: La Traviata / Serafin, De Los Angeles, Del Monte

Release Date: 09/01/1988 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 49578   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sergio TedescoVictoria de los AngelesCarlo Del MonteMario Sereni,   ... 
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House OrchestraRome Opera House Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Victoria de los Angeles has so many moments of adorable vivacity and pathos that her Violetta is quite unforgettable.

"Anyone who is supposed to 'know about records' finds himself asked one question more often, perhaps, than any other: 'Which Traviata should I buy?'." The sentence comes from Desmond Shawe-Taylor's "Quarterly Retrospect" of January 1961. He answered that this set, now reissued, then new, was probably the one, though by a narrower margin than he had at first supposed. The years have flown (nearly a quarter of a century of them), bringing many more Traviatas, but the question still remains, and one can only say that it is hard to foresee a time the los Angeles recording will be out of
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Serafin's slow speeds trouble less than they did when the set was new (except in "Addio del passato" which would certainly be intolerable if the second verse had been included). With our increased expectations of completeness, a more serious drawback is likely to be the absence of cabalettas for Germont and son (neither DS-T nor Alec Robertson in the original reviews appeared to be bothered by this, but in those days it would have been their presence rather than their absence which would have caused comment). The recording itself has worn well, with imaginative but unobtrusive production by Victor Olof. Moreover, the virtues of Serafin's conducting emerge more clearly after our subjection in the intervening years to conductors who see it as 'their' Traviata: Serafin is modest but not self-effacing, and one is aware of sensitive guidance right from the opening bars of the Prelude.

Most depends on the singing of the three major roles. Here, the Alfredo has plenty of character, a good voice and some sense of style. The father has sufficient gravity and sympathy, and though his voice is 'standard' rather than particularly individual he is in a good tradition of Italian baritone. Victoria de los Angeles has so many moments of adorable vivacity and pathos that her Violetta is quite unforgettable. She copes well with the high tessitura of Act 1, and in Act 2 the great duet finds her at her very best. To take a single example, the lamenting phrases starting "Cosi alla misera" have a heartrending poignancy. The records are worth buying for such things alone.

-- Gramophone [12/1985]
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Works on This Recording

La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sergio Tedesco (Tenor), Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Carlo Del Monte (Tenor),
Mario Sereni (Baritone), Santa Chissari (Soprano), Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass),
Renato Ercolani (Tenor), Vico Polotto (Baritone), Silvio Maionica (Baritone),
Silvia Bertona (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Opera House, Rome, Italy 
Length: 119 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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