Pritchard: Verdi - La Traviata (2 CD, APE)
Pritchard: Verdi - La Traviata (2 CD, APE)

Orchestra: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra
Conductor: John Pritchard
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Audio CD
SPARS Code: A-D
Number of Discs: 2
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Decca
Size: 601 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave

Violetta Valery – Joan Sutherland
Alfredo Germont – Carlo Bergonzi
Giorgio Germont – Robert Merrill
Annina – Dora Carral
Baron Douphol – Paolo Pedani
Gastone, Vicomte de Letorieres – Piero de Palma
Marquis d’Obigny – Silvio Maionica
Dr. Grenvil – Giovanni Foiani
Flora Bervoix – Miti Truccato Pace
Giuseppe – Angelo Mercuriali
Flora’s servant – Tereno Meridionale
Messanger – Mario Frosini

Friends of Violetta and Flora, masquers

Orchestra e coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Sir John Pritchard

sutherland matches herself on both her traviata recordings

my favorite traviata had been always bonynge/sutherland/pavarotti’s version, but this one is as good as it gets, sutherland is supperb in both of them , bergonzi is verdi’s heroic tenor by excelence & merrill is one of the best baritons of the 20th century. pritchard direction of this uncutted early stereo version of traviata is ver good. i readed someone complaining about the sound like being recorded in a bathroom, i really don’t share that opinion, the sound is well balanced, if you wanna hear something recorded in a steam room of a sauna, get the sonnambula’s command perfiormance by sutherland also 60’s early stereo, that is really recorded under water, but the performance is so good you have to have it, the best in recorded history. in the 80’s on tape this was one of my first traviatas, after caballe’s & cotrubas & before bonynge’s. now on cd is my 6th one after sutherland/pasvarotti/bonynge’s, studder/pavarotti/levine’s (pavarotti has no voice over there; he sounds like raul gimenez) sills/gedda/cecatto’s, gheorgiu/lopardo/solti’s (horrible. i sent it last month as a birthday pressent to someone; the worst traviatta i’ve ever heard after the cutted all over cotrubas/domingo version) & caballe/bergonzi/petre’s & i’m stopping here. no more traviatas for me… or is it?

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