Richard Bonynge / Joan Sutherland

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Eddins

Joan Sutherland was in her early fifties when she made this 1976 recording of La traviata, so her voice has a maturity that isn't ideal for Violetta. Her technique and her distinctive brightness are still fully evident, though, and her performance is sometimes vocally dazzling. Luciano Pavarotti was close to his prime at the time of the recording, and he sings with his characteristic breadth, vigor, and intensity. Matteo Manuguerra is a sturdy Germont. Richard Bonynge leads the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Opera Chorus in a spirited, traditional take on the score, one of the relatively few recordings of the opera that is absolutely complete. The sound is superb and clear, clean, and present.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
La Traviata, opera
1 Richard Bonynge / Joan Sutherland 04:07 Amazon
2 Richard Bonynge / Joan Sutherland 04:39 Amazon
3 Richard Bonynge / Joan Sutherland 02:47 Amazon
4 Richard Bonynge / Joan Sutherland 02:10 Amazon
5 Richard Bonynge / Joan Sutherland 06:10 Amazon
6 Richard Bonynge / Joan Sutherland 06:53 Amazon
7 Richard Bonynge / Joan Sutherland 05:14 Amazon
8 Richard Bonynge / Joan Sutherland 02:01 Amazon
9 Richard Bonynge / Joan Sutherland 02:45 Amazon
10 Richard Bonynge / Joan Sutherland 06:45 Amazon
11 Richard Bonynge / Joan Sutherland 06:48 Amazon
12 Richard Bonynge / Joan Sutherland 09:37 Amazon
13 Richard Bonynge / Joan Sutherland 06:48 Amazon
14 Richard Bonynge / Joan Sutherland 04:32 Amazon
15 Richard Bonynge / Joan Sutherland 03:41 Amazon
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