Verdi: La Traviata / Petersen, Evans

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Label: ARTHAUS
Catalog: 108036
Format: BLU RAY

PETERSEN; VARANO; RUTHERFORD; GRAZER PHILHARMONISCHES ORCHESTER; CHORUS OF THE OPER GRAZ; EVANS; KONWITSCHNY

This Graz version feels like a return to authentic original instrument practices. Director Konwitschny remembers that Verdi wanted the show set in modern dress and that only the Zeffirellis of this world think that Flora’s party is a ballet. Marlis Petersen…James Rutherford…and Italian tenor Giuseppe Varano…are intensely involved and in good vocal shape. Tecwyn Evans conducts with great rhythmic acuity and finds pace and tension without rushing or becoming unduly loud. An outstanding issue and a quite draining experience. © 2012 Gramophone

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