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La Traviata


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Audio CD, January 14, 1997
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  • Audio CD (January 14, 1997)
  • Label: Fonit Cetra Records
  • ASIN: B0000045CC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prld - Orch Sinf Di Torino Della Rai/Chor Cetra/Giulio Mogliotti/Gabriele Santini
2. Atto Primo, Scena Prima: 'Dell' Invito Trascorsa E Gia L' Ora' - Chor Cetra/Maria Callas/Ede Marietti Gandolfo/Mario Zorgniotti/Mariano Caruso/Francesco Albanese...
3. Atto Primo, Scena Seconda: 'Libiam Ne' Lieti Calici' - Francesco Albanese/Maria Callas/Ede Marietti Gandolfo/Ines Marietti/Ugo Savarese/Mariano Caruso...
4. Atto Primo, Scena Terza: 'Oh Qual Pallor!...' - Maria Callas/Francesco Albanese
5. Atto Primo, Scena Terza: 'Un Di, Felice, Eterea' - Francesco Albanese/Maria Callas/Mariano Caruso
6. Atto Primo, Scena Quarta: 'Si Ridesta In Ciel L' Aurora' - Maria Callas/Ede Marietti Gandolfo/Ines Marietti/Francesco Albanese/Ugo Savarese/Mariano Caruso...
7. Atto Primo, Scena Quinta: 'E Strano!... E Strano!...' - Maria Callas
8. Atto Primo, Scena Quinta: 'Ah, Fors' E Lui Che L' Anima - Maria Callas
9. Atto Primo, Scena Quinta: 'Folli!... Follie... Delirio Vano E Questo!...' - Maria Callas
10. Atto Secondo, Scena Prima: 'Lunge Da Lei Per Me Non V'ha Diletto' - Francesco Albanese
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Atto Secondo, Scena Nova: 'Avrem Lieta Di Maschere La Notte' - Ede Marietti Gandolfo/Mario Zorgniotti/Chor Cetra/Gabriele Santini/Maria Callas...
2. Atto Secondo, Scena Decima: 'Noi Siamo Zingarelle' - Chor Cetra/Gabriele Santini
3. Atto Secondo, Scena Undicesima: 'Di Madride Noi Siam Mattadori' - Mariano Caruso/Chor Cetra/Gabrielle Santini/Maria Callas/Ede Marietti Gandolfo/Ines Marietti...
4. Atto Secondo, Scena Dodicesima: 'Alfredo!... Voi!...' - Maria Callas/Ede Marietti Gandolfo/Ines Marietti/Francesco Albanese/Ugo Savarese/Mariano Caruso...
5. Atto Secondo, Scena Tredicesima: 'Invitato A Seguirmi' - Maria Callas/Francesco Albanese/Ede Marietti Gandolfo/Ines Marietti/Ugo Savarese/Mariano Caruso...
6. Atto Secondo, Scena Quattordicesima: 'Ogni Suo Aber Tal Femmina' - Francesco Albanese
7. Atto Secondo, Scena Quindicesima: 'Di Sprezzo Degno Se Stesso Rende' - Ugo Savarese/Francesco Albanese/Maria Callas/Alberto Albertini/Maria Callas/Ede Marietti Gandolfo...
8. Atto Secondo: Prld - Chor Cetra/Orch Sinf Di Torino Della Rai/Gabriele Santini
9. Atto Terzo, Scena Prima: 'Annina?' - Maria Callas/Ines Marietti
10. Atto Terzo, Scena Seconda: 'Quanta Bonta... Pensate A Me Per Tempo' - Maria Callas/Chor Cetra/Gabriele Santini
See all 17 tracks on this disc

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By klavierspiel VINE VOICE on September 11, 2001
This was Maria Callas' first and only studio recording of one of her greatest roles. One often talks, with singers, of recordings that were made too late, after their vocal prime had passed, and Callas is certainly no exception in this regard. The present recording, on the other hand, can be held up as an example of one that was made too early. Though Callas is in secure, lustrous voice, the vocal details and dramatic insights that made her Violetta a great assumption are not yet in place. She is also handicapped by a routine supporting cast and conductor, and sound quality that is at best fair. This recording also had a particularly unfortunate impact on her later career, in that, for contractual reasons, it prevented her from re-recording the opera several years later with Tullio Serafin at the helm and Giuseppe di Stefano and Tito Gobbi as her co-stars. From this and the several complete live recordings that exist of Callas' Traviata, the dedicated listener can gain a complete appreciation of what she brought to the role. This one recording alone won't do the job.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michel on November 7, 2006
This is a 1953 studio recording of La Traviata made in Torino. The main

interest is of course Maria Callas here caught in her youthful prime in

one of her signature role. The voice is quite beautiful and she sings

extremely well dispatching the coloratura of the first act with brio -

her performance is perhaps a little tamed compared to later ones but it

is still full of nuance and subtleties. As Alfredo and Germont we have

the much-maligned Franco Alabanese and Ugo Savarese. Both singers have

fine voices and sing quite well and while they do not illuminate their

characters in any special way they certainly do not disfigure the opera

either. Well conducted and recorded - in sum there is nothing revolutio-

nary about this recording but it is a joy to hear La Divina in her prime

and in good sound.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Operísimo on March 4, 2006
What a prolific year 1953 was for LA DIVINA! What follows is a list of her studio and live recordings performed during that glorious 1953:

1953 STUDIO RECORDINGS:

Late January and early February: Lucia di Lammermoor: Firenze, Teatro Comunale: Recording, EMI: Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; maestro direttore Tullio Serafin.

Late March and early April: I puritani: Milano, Basilica di Santa Eufemia: Recording, EMI: Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano; maestro direttore Tullio Serafin.

Early August: Cavalleria rusticana: Milano, Basilica di Santa Eufemia: Recording, EMI: Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano; maestro direttore Tullio Serafin.

August: Tosca: Milano, Teatro alla Scala: Recording, EMI: Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano; maestro direttore Victor de Sabata.

September: La traviata: Torino, Rai Auditorium: Recording, Cetra: Coro Cetra; Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della Radiotelevisione Italiana; maestro direttore Gabriele Santini.

1953 LIVE RECORDINGS:

February 23: Il trovatore: Milano, Teatro alla Scala, maestro direttore Antonino Votto
July 5: Medea: Firenze, Teatro Comunale (XVI Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), maestro direttore Vittorio Gui.

June 10: Aida: London, Royal Opera House Covent Garden: maestro direttore John Barbirolli.

November 19: Norma: Trieste, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi: maestro direttore Antonino Votto.

December 10: Medea: Milano, Teatro alla Scala: maestro direttore Leonard Bernstein.

Yes, this recording of La Traviata, La Divina's only studio recording, was made in September, 1953: it is here when Maria becomes the Violetta who will have no rivals whatsoever.
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