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

Release Date: 06/2002

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