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Conducted with impressive concentration, the music is played with definition, clarity and sheer zing
With star performers, the ensemble scenes are crisply marshalled by the conductor, Antonino Fogliani
Maria Callas’s Violetta is still one of the moving opera recordings. But Verdi’s masterpiece is well served by other sopranos too
The sheer length of Joan Sutherland’s career was a tribute to both her personality and her stamina