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Karajan’s final Trovatore on DVD
Set Design by Teo Otto
Il Trovatore was always one of Herbert von Karajan‘s favourite operas. He conducted it at the very beginning of his career and his fi rst studio recording in 1956 was made in Milan with Maria Callas and Giuseppe di Stefano, but „his“ Trovatore really made its mark in the legendary performances given at the Salzburg Festival in 1962, which formed the basis for this successful revival in Vienna. He once declared in an interview that what he loved about this opera was its archetypal human passions, its compression of highly dramatic situations into the smallest conceivable space and Verdi‘s genius for translating such situations into music. This 1978 performance is steeped in scandal. Franco Bonisolli was originally cast in the lead role but abandoned the cast during a rehearsal where the public had been admitted entry, and, after throwing his sword at the conductor, left the stage in fury, to be later replaced by Plácido Domingo. Karajan not only conducted the opera, but he was also responsible for the stage direction. The recording was very rarely broadcast and this DVD draws on the original tapes held by Austrian Television (ORF), extensively restored using state of the art technology. Thus this gem from the archives can now be enjoyed on DVD with enhanced sound and picture quality.
Sound Format: PCM STEREO
DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Picture Format: 4:3
Subtitle Languages: GB, DE, FR, ES, IT, CN
Running Time: 151 mins
“the orchestral playing is absolutely superb - positively incendiary in places. Karajan staged this production himself and while it may not be the most creative staging - it's rather static - at last it doesn't do anything silly. Raina Kabaivanska is a most affecting Leonora...Cappucilli is rock-solid as the Count di Luna and Fiorenza Cossotto is a formidable Azucena. Domingo is a consummate musician and actor whoe delivers a tremendous performance”
“an undoubtedly great performance. How lucky we are that the cameras were there and that the staging was traditional...nothing to mar an evening of glorious singing, with Cappuccilli in first-rate voice...As for Fiorenza Cossotto's Azucena, it is surely unsurpassed in our own time.”
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