Verdi: La Traviata

Anja Harteros

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Verdi: La Traviata Review

by Stephen Eddins

Farao Classic's recording of La Traviata is revelatory, largely because of the extraordinary quality of the principals who, until this release, were largely unknown to international audiences. Anja Harteros is a stunningly effective Violetta -- fresh and young sounding, with absolute vocal security and interpretive sensitivity. Her tone is natural and unforced, she sings with beautiful intonation, and the skill and psychological range and insight with which she shapes the vocal lines make this a performance of the highest order. Her of renunciation of Alfredo and her death scene are heartbreakingly poignant, great moments of theater. Her voice and her dramatic depth clearly mark Harteros as an artist to watch out for. The same could be said for Paolo Gavanelli; his burnished, vibrant tone in service to a nuanced, compassionate characterization makes his Germont genuinely compelling. Piotr Beczala makes an intense, passionate Alfredo, and he sings with an open-throated, clarion sound, but he sounds too consistently overwrought to be completely persuasive. Zubin Mehta is in top form, in complete control of the score's tragic dramatic arc; his reading is both shapely in its details and propulsive in its theatricality. The Bayerischen Staatsorchester and the Chorus of the Bayerischen Staatsoper are fully responsive to his direction and perform with finesse and urgency. The SACD's clarity, presence, and balance are unusually good for a live recording. This fine new version should be of strong interest to anyone who loves the opera.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
La Traviata, opera
1 Anja Harteros 03:10 SpotifyAmazon
2 Anja Harteros 04:43 SpotifyAmazon
3 Anja Harteros 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
4 Anja Harteros 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
5 Anja Harteros 04:50 SpotifyAmazon
6 Anja Harteros 01:52 SpotifyAmazon
7 Anja Harteros 04:15 SpotifyAmazon
8 Anja Harteros 05:10 SpotifyAmazon
9 Anja Harteros 06:15 SpotifyAmazon
10 Anja Harteros 04:01 SpotifyAmazon
11 Anja Harteros 04:03 SpotifyAmazon
12 Anja Harteros 07:31 SpotifyAmazon
13 Anja Harteros 04:45 SpotifyAmazon
14 Anja Harteros 04:12 SpotifyAmazon
15 Anja Harteros 02:11 SpotifyAmazon
16 Anja Harteros 04:50 SpotifyAmazon
17 Anja Harteros 03:24 SpotifyAmazon
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