Violetta: Arias and Duets from Verdi's La Traviata

Violetta: Arias and Duets from Verdi's La Traviata

by Anna Netrebko



Violetta, a CD featuring Anna Netrebko, is essentially an album of highlights from "La Traviata," and although the focus is rightly on her, the musical quality of all the performances and of the entire album is terrific. The recording comes from a production at the 2005 Salzburg Festival. With an all-star cast that also features Rolando Villazón and Thomas Hampson, the performances generated an ecstatic reaction from the Salzburg audiences, and the recording captures the excitement of the experience. The soloists, orchestra, and chorus perform with a vibrant energy that propels the drama with unusual urgency. Netrebko sings flawlessly with a sumptuous, velvety legato, and she is completely engaging as Violetta, beautifully capturing her high spirits, her inner strength, and her physical frailty. "Ah, fors'è lui" is particularly moving. Villazón is a fine foil for her, with a dark, burnished tenor and an impetuous, sometimes explosive temperament. Hampson's Germont is vocally superb, but he seems somewhat disengaged and doesn't bring the same level of emotional investment to his role as the romantic leads. Carlo Rizzi leads the Vienna Philharmonic with meticulous attention to the details of Verdi's scoring, giving the music a punchiness that tends to get smoothed out in many performances. The orchestral balances are exceptionally fine, so that each scene is distinctively shaded and colored. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is wonderfully clear and present, capturing the positive elements of a live performance without the distractions or limitations that frequently mar live recordings.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/06/2005
Label: Dg Imports
UPC: 0028947759539
catalogNumber: 4775953

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anna Netrebko   Primary Artist,Soprano (Vocal)
Thomas Hampson   Baritone (Vocal)
Rupert Huber   Choir Master
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Luigi Roni   Bass (Vocal)
Helene Schneiderman   Vocals
Rolando Villazón   Tenor (Vocal)
Carlo Rizzi   Conductor
Vienna State Opera Concert Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Herman Wallén   Baritone (Vocal)
Diane Pilcher   Vocals
Salvatore Cordella   Tenor (Vocal)
Paul Gay   Bass (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Fred Munzmaier   Art Direction
Rainer Maillard   Producer
Jügen Bulgrin   Engineer
Quitz Chavez   Synopsis
Bogdan Roscic   Executive Producer

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