Verdi: La Traviata

Verdi: La Traviata

by Zubin Mehta

CD

Overview

This recording of Verdi's La Traviata is the soundtrack to Giuseppe Patroni Griffi's film La Traviata à Paris, which sets it apart from most other recorded versions. In the opera house, singers must fill a large hall with their voices, gestures, and emotions. Cinema is a more intimate art form, and this allows Eteri Gvazava (Violetta) and José Cura (Alfredo) to sing without histrionics, although not without passion. Cura, in particular, gives a memorably ardent performance. He may lack Domingo's clarion tone, but he phrases intelligently, conveying Alfredo's feelings with nobility as well as fervor. Gvazava sounds lovely, and while she seems to struggle with some of Verdi's more elaborate vocal ornaments (eschewing the high note at the end of "Sempre libera," for example) her understated approach makes palpable Violetta's touching vulnerability. Of course, the intimacy of film affects the visual element of opera, too, and it doesn't hurt that both principals here have movie star looks. Veteran baritone Rolando Panerai -- who made his operatic debut in 1947! -- is persuasive as Germont (Alfredo's father). Zubin Mehta seems to do some of his best work in the opera pit, and here he gets some exquisitely hushed playing from the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI. Teldec's vivid recording includes a booklet full of handsome photographs and a synopsis of the plot but no libretto. A single disc of the opera's "greatest moments" is also available.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/15/2000
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 0685738274123
catalogNumber: 382741

Tracks

  1. La Traviata, opera
  2. La patria ("Oh! qual suono..."), for voice & orchestra (Inno nazionale a Ferdinando II): Act 3: Preludio
  3. La Traviata, opera: Act 3: Aninna? - Commandate?
  4. La Traviata, opera: Act 3: Teneste la passato
  5. La Traviata, opera: Act 3: Addio, del passato bei sogni
  6. La Traviata, opera: Act 3: Largo al quadrupede sir della festa
  7. La Traviata, opera: Act 3: Signora... - Che t'accadde?
  8. La Traviata, opera: Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo
  9. La Traviata, opera: Act 3: Ah! Gran Dio! morir sì giovane
  10. La Traviata, opera: Act 3: Ah! Violetta! - Voi, signor
  11. La Traviata, opera: Act 3: Se una pudica vergine

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