Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Giuseppe Verdi, Carlo Maria Giulini, Milan Radio Symphony Orchestra|
Verdi: La Traviata
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Renata IS Violetta
F. Barton | Newport, WA USA | 02/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This RAI broadcast, from 1952, captures Tebaldi in her coloratura glory. Her Rio coloratura skills transfer here brilliantly.Prandelli, who was a "second rate" tenor at the time, would be a grand star today. What Tebaldi does, is get her voice to blend with all whom she sings with, and this one is NO exception. I have her '51 San Carlo performance of this with Prandelli also, and while that one has the DRAMA that is missing from this one, this is still an impeccable Violetta.It's sound is GLORIOUS for being nearly 50 years old!! Tebaldi and Prandelli make magic, that has to be heard to be believed. Thanks to ODO for making this immortal performance available to all, not just those who could afford, or find, the long out of print Lps, or CDs. Superb sound, cast, and performance, A+ ALL THE WAY."
Tebaldi is brilliant, but the recording is of poor quality.
Anthony Louis | USA | 05/08/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This live recording from 1952 has a wonderful Tebaldi in the role of Violetta. The sound quality is poor, however. The orchestra sounds muffled and the male voices sound distorted. Tebaldi somehow makes it through the poor recording and shines. I found myself wishing for a better recording of this wonderful performance. It was like watching an old black and white movie whose sound track has worn with time. One can only imagine how glorious it was in its prime. If it were a better recording, I would have given it 5 stars."