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VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [21] (Callas, Valletti, Zanasi, Covent Garden 21, Rescigno) (1958)

VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [21] (Callas, Valletti, Zanasi, Covent Garden 21, Rescigno) (1958)

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release date: March 2012


Artists:

Covent Garden Orchestra


Rescigno, Nicola


Dermot Troy

Soloist

Forbes Robinson

Soloist

Lea Roberts

Soloist

Marie Collier

Soloist

Mario Zanasi

Soloist

Ronald Lewis

Soloist

Nicola Rescigno

Soloist

Cesare Valletti

Soloist

Maria Callas

Soloist

Covent Garden 21 Chorus



Record Label
ICA Classics

Genre:

Opera


Classical

Total Time - 123:00
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VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [21] (Callas, Valletti, Zanasi, Covent Garden 21, Rescigno) (1958)

     
     
 

FRANCESCO MARIA PIAVE



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La traviata*

 
1 Act I: Prelude 4:02
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
2 Act I: Dell'invito trascorsa e gia l'ora (Chorus, Violetta, Flora, Marchese, Barone, Dottore, Gastone, Alfredo) 4:55
 Marie Collier Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE VERDI

3 Act I: Libiamo ne' lieti calici (Alfredo, Violetta, Flora, Marchese, Barone, Dottore, Gastone, Chorus) 3:02
 Mario Zanasi Soloist
     
 

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4 Act I: Che e cio? (Chorus, Violetta, Alfredo, Flora, Marchese, Barone, Dottore, Gastone) 2:29
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
5 Act I: Un di, felice, eterea (Alfredo, Violetta) 5:37
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE VERDI

6 Act I: Ebben? Che diavol fate? (Gastone, Violetta, Alfredo) 1:22
 Nicola Rescigno Soloist
     
 

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7 Act I: Si ridesta in ciel l'aurora (Gastone, Flora, Marchese, Barone, Dottore, Chorus) 1:48
 Marie Collier Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE VERDI

8 Act I: E' strano! E' strano! (Violetta) 1:23
 Cesare Valletti Soloist
     
 

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9 Act I: Ah, fors' e lui (Violetta) 3:24
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE VERDI

10 Act I: Follie! Follie! (Violetta) 1:08
 Ronald Lewis Soloist
     
11 Act I: Sempre libera (Violetta, Alfredo) 4:21
 Forbes Robinson Soloist
     
12 Act II Scene 1: Lunge da lei (Alfredo) 1:54
 Lea Roberts Soloist
     
 

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13 Act II Scene 1: De' miei bollenti spiriti (Alfredo) 2:19
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
14 Act II Scene 1: Annina, donde vieni? (Alfredo, Annina, Violetta, Giuseppe, Germont) 4:44
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
15 Act II Scene 1: Pura siccome un angelo (Germont, Violetta) 1:56
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
16 Act II Scene 1: Non sapete quale affetto (Violetta, Germont) 2:29
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
17 Act II Scene 1: Un di, quando le veneri (Germont, Violetta) 2:41
 Nicola Rescigno Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE VERDI

18 Act II Scene 1: Ah! Dite alla giovine (Violetta, Germont) 4:24
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
 

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19 Act II Scene 1: Imponete … Non amarlo ditegli (Violetta, Germont) 4:44
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
20 Act II Scene 1: Dammi tu forza, o cielo! (Violetta, Annina) 1:42
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
21 Act II Scene 1: Che fai? (Alfredo, Violetta) 2:32
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE VERDI

22 Act II Scene 1: Ah, vive sol quel core all’ amor mio! (Alfredo, Giuseppe, Germont, Commissionario) 2:14
 Mario Zanasi Soloist
     
23 Act II Scene 1: Di Provenza il mar (Germont, Alfredo) 4:59
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
     


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1 Act II Scene 2: Avrem lieta maschere la notte (Flora, Marchese, Dottore) 1:06
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE VERDI

2 Act II Scene 2: Noi siamo zingarelle (Chorus, Flora, Marchese) 2:53
 Mario Zanasi Soloist
     
3 Act II Scene 2: Di Madride noi siam mattadori (Gastone, Chorus, Flora, Dottore, Mattadori) 2:59
 Cesare Valletti Soloist
     
 

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4 Act II Scene 2: Alfredo! Voi! (Flora, Violetta, Marchese, Dottore, Gastone, Barone, Alfredo, Chorus) 4:22
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
5 Act II Scene 2: Invitato a qui seguirmi (Violetta, Alfredo, Flora, Marchese, Dottore, Gastone, Barone, Chorus) 2:31
 Mario Zanasi Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE VERDI

6 Act II Scene 2: Ogni suo aver tal femmina (Alfredo, Flora, Marchese, Dottore, Gastone, Barone, Chorus) 1:37
 Forbes Robinson Soloist
     
7 Act II Scene 2: Di sprezzo degno se stesso rende (Germont, Alfredo, Barone, Flora, Gastone, Dottore, Marchese, Chorus) 2:00
 Marie Collier Soloist
     
 

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8 Act II Scene 2: Alfredo, Alfredo, di questo core (Violetta, Flora, Gastone, Dottore, Marchese, Alfredo, Barone, Germont, Chorus) 4:29
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
9 Act III: Prelude 4:01
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
10 Act III: Annina? … Comandate? (Violetta, Annina, Dottore) 4:52
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE VERDI

11 Act III: Teneste la promessa (Violetta) 1:57
 Nicola Rescigno Soloist
     
12 Act III: Addio, del passato (Violetta) 3:09
 Marie Collier Soloist
     
 

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13 Act III: Largo al quadrupede (Coro di Maschere) 0:51
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
14 Act III: Signora! … Che t'accadde? (Annina, Violetta, Alfredo) 1:44
 Ronald Lewis Soloist
     
 

GIUSEPPE VERDI

15 Act III: Parigi, o cara (Alfredo, Violetta) 3:52
 Ronald Lewis Soloist
     
16 Act III: Ah, non piu (Violetta, Alfredo) 2:01
 Marie Collier Soloist
     
17 Act III: Ah! Gran Dio! (Violetta, Alfredo) 1:38
 Cesare Valletti Soloist
     
18 Act III: Ah, Violetta (Germont, Violetta, Alfredo) 1:49
 Maria Callas Soloist
     
19 Act III: Prendi, quest' e l'immagine (Alfredo, Violetta, Germont) 1:00
 Ronald Lewis Soloist
     
 

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20 Act III: Se una pudica vergine (Violetta, Germont, Annina, Dottore, Alfredo) 4:00
 Dermot Troy Soloist
 Rescigno, Nicola


Peter Heyworth in the Observer commented, ’it was a performance of outstanding distinction and musicality, full of details that illuminated again and again the part as though for the first time’. Opera News said, ’there must have been many Verdi lovers who felt at last that they had come face to face with Violetta herself...’ John Ardoin praised the conductor Nicola Rescigno who ‘brings sanity and song to the performance and was remarkably one with Callas in the ends she sought’. This 1958 recording broadcast live by the BBC’s Home Service has been remastered by Paul Baily using the ICA’s Ambient Mastering process, which has enhanced and widened the sound considerably.

"...This performance from Covent Garden is in better sounds than any of he others, and though it has been issued on various labels, this ICA Classics recording is the best I have heard.”
 
BBC Music Magazine - April 2011

“Maria Callas’s Violetta was one of the wonders of our age: scarily elemental, supernaturally brilliant. After many unofficial releases, the tape of her 20 June 1958 London performance has now been finely remastered as part of ICA Classics’ initial releases. (An odd mistake in the booklet suggests this was a private tape, but it was actually a live BBC Home Service broadcast.) Callas sounds less full-voiced, more restrained, than in her 1958 Lisbon performance, but the combination of vocal depth and fragile, eloquent virtuosity is unbeatable and the emotional collapse across the three acts is heartbreaking. Cesare Valletti’s Alfredo can’t match Alfredo Kraus in Lisbon, but Nicola Rescigno’s conducting lifts the performance to the highest level. A classic indeed.”
 
The Observer - March 2011
 

“...The overall clarity of the sound is a pleasure, with the immediacy of Callas’s vocal presence proving genuinely startling at first hearing.”
 
Opera Magazine - June 2011

“Callas’s most devoted admirers find this Covent Garden version, her last recorded Violetta, to be definitive. It is the performance I find myself listening to most frequently — both for pleasure and as an example of the role’s possibilities when teaching young singers.”
 
Opera News - June 2011

“...this performance preserves what I believe to be by far the best souvenir we have of Callas as Violetta and for once she is properly supported by a distinguished cast. ”
 
MusicWeb-International.com - March 2011

“...Don’t miss this one: sonics aside, it’s the only Traviata you’ll ever need.”
 
ClassicsToday.com - March 2011

“...The 1958 Covent Garden performance remains one of the most treasured 122 minutes in opera — ever!”
 
Operagasm - October 2012



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