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Opera Explained: VERDI - La traviata (Smillie)


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Opera Explained: VERDI - La traviata (Smillie)

Opera Explained
An Introduction to... VERDI: La Traviata

Author: Thomson Smillie
Narrator: David Timson
1 CD
8-page booklet
Naxos 8.558050
ISBN: 1-84379-040-8

La Traviata owes its enduring popularity to a superb story of young love and fatal sacrifice, set to music by Italy's master melodist at the peak of his powers. Interest and poignancy are added by the fact that this is a true story - the baritone 'heavy' is Alexander Dumas who wrote The Count of Monte Cristo. But it is the central figure, the heroine Violetta, the archetypal 'whore with the heart of gold' who dominates the piece. It is her opera and we love her for it.

A superb 'human interest' story, a captivating cast of characters, and music which is both enchanting and insightful: just some of La Traviata's ingredients explaining its enduring popularity. The characters are outlined with Smillie's reliable blend of insight and originality: 'Violetta, we must accept, is the proverbial Whore with the Heart of Gold, and this ravishing melody goes a long way towards melting the said heart.' David Timson narrates throughout.

Verdi, Giuseppe

  An Introduction to... VERDI La traviata
1.   Introduction 00:05:59
2.   Based on a true story 00:04:18
3.   Act I: Alfredo and Violetta meet at a party 00:08:57
4.   Violetta 00:03:58
5.   Violetta: 'Sempre libera' 00:04:59
6.   Act II: In the country 00:03:36
7.   The arrival of Germont 00:05:42
8.   Violetta leaves for Paris, Alfredo follows 00:03:37
9.   Back in Paris - A Party 00:04:22
10.   Germont's entrance: Violetta's love 00:05:23
11.   Act III: Paris in mid - winter 00:06:04
12.   Alfredo and Violetta reunited 00:04:25
13.   Violetta's death 00:03:56

Total Playing Time: 01:05:16

Smillie, Thomson

Verdi, Giuseppe

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.558050

Barcode: 0636943805022

Boxset: 8.660922-24

Physical Release: 06/2002

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