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On the 25th anniversary of the BBC broadcast of her landmark Traviata from Covent Garden, the Romanian soprano reminisces about the production with Katherine and discusses her new recording on Decca Classics.
The original 1805 version of Beethoven's only opera is a high-adrenaline experience in the hands of the Belgian conductor and his period-instrument band, with Marlis Petersen in the title-role and Maximilian Schmitt as her imprisoned husband.
The winners revealed - ten fantastic recordings which really stood out from the crowd for us over the past twelve months, plus the results of our six special category awards...
Cecilia Bartoli’s tribute to Farinelli, Franck and Chopin with Gautier Capuçon and Yuja Wang, Kenneth Leighton choral works from St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh, and a newly remastered Das Lied von der Erde which Kathleen Ferrier recorded live with Bruno Walter and the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall.
Including Vladimir Ashkenazy as conductor and pianist, Webern from Christoph von Dohnányi and Haydn and Handel from Georg Solti.
Presto Classical Recording of the Week
Marlis Petersen (Leonore), Maximilian Schmitt (Florestan), Dimitry Ivashchenko (Rocco)
Freiburger Barockorchester, René Jacobs
Available format: 2 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC
The original 1805 version of Beethoven's only opera is a high-adrenaline experience in the hands of the Belgian conductor René Jacobs and his period-instrument band, with Marlis Petersen in the title-role and Maximilian Schmitt as her imprisoned husband.
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