Verdi: La Traviata - Scotto, Filacuridi, Sereni; Previtali. Milano, 1959


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Renata Scotto was very new to the scene in 1959.  Her voice is pure and effortless and she delivers a fantastic e flat at the end of "Sempre libera."  Voice aside, her true brilliance lies in her interpretive skills which are well beyond her years.  I have always thought her to be one of the was truly one of the great exponents of Italian style in her day.  Nicola Filacurdi is a sturdy but unremarkable Alfredo.  Mario Sereni's voice may be almost too beautiful for the part of Germont in as much as he doesn't sound like an old man.  It is a flaw, however, that is very easy to forgive.  The sound is excellent

OD 10389-2