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Giuseppe VERDI (1813 - 1901)
La Traviata – Opera in 3 Acts
Libretto – Francesco Maria Piave
Violetta Valery - Tiziana Fabbricini
Flora Bervoix - Nicoletta Curiel
Annina - Antonella Trevisan
Alfredo Germont - Roberto Alagna
Giorgio Germont - Paolo Coni
Gastone, Visconte de Letorières - Enrico Cossutta
Barone Douphol - Orazio Mori
Marchese d’Obigny - Enzo Capuano
Dottor Grenvil - Francesco Musini
Giuseppe - Ernesto Gavazzi
Domestico di Flora - Ernesto Panariello
Commissionario - Silvestro Sammaritano
Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, Milan/Riccardo Muti
Rec. La Scala, Milan: March 29, 31, April 2, 7, 1992.
SONY CLASSICAL SM2K 90457 [2 CDs: 61’49+74’29]

This really is Italian Opera at its superlative best.

Riccardo Muti and the forces assembled under his baton come as close to perfection as it is possible to achieve in this re-issue of the magnificent award winning performance recorded live at La Scala in 1992.

The orchestra of La Scala is in exceptional form and proves itself equal to every nuance of the unfolding drama, whilst the incomparably well-matched cast of soloists sings as if life itself depended on it. The celebrated chorus contributes mellifluous, yet articulate cascades of sound and the combined effect really is the epitome of excellence.

The opening prelude begins with a searing and commanding tenderness, which fluently leads into a luscious and enveloping cantabile, enhanced by the most subtle and judicious use of rubato. This meticulously crafted prelude consummately sets the scene for the veritable roller coaster of emotions, which is to follow, and the supreme quality maintained throughout further heightens an already intense experience.

From the gaiety and exuberance of the opening scene in Violetta’s Paris salon, to the poignant and dramatic moment when she finally drops down dead at Alfredo’s feet, every single note, sung or played, is articulated with an unmistakable sincerity and a mesmerising and transcendent commitment.

A musical achievement of such stature is nothing short of heroic and Sony Classics ought to be congratulated for their vision, which allowed a permanent record to be made of this performance.

The 20 bit ‘high definition sound’ technology used ensures a technically excellent recording which is mercifully not marred by some of the typical and inappropriate extraneous noises: creaks, squeaks, bumps, thuds and shuffles, so often associated with live recordings.

The extremely brief but informative sleeve note emulates the approach of Muti and his musicians by allowing the music speak for itself.

This recording has the potential to transform the indifferent listener into a passionate devotee of Italian Opera.

Leon Bosch


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