Right from the start of the introduction René Jacobs and the concerto Koln grab your attention, and continue to do so with the fantastic singers, exciting tempi and beautiful ornamentations. The voice that particularly struck me out of all of the cast was that of the Italian soprano Patrizia Ciofi playing Susanna on this recording. She captures all of the elements of this character with great humour and delicacy, patricularly the fantastic "Venite inginocchiatevi". Her use of ornamentation in her final aria "Deh vieni non tardar" is quite spectacular; seemingly effortless and breathtakingly beautiful.
In this recording there is this fantastic sense of the lives of the servants and of the true story of Figaro in this recording; the patter scenes are genuinely funny, there is a great rapport between characters and the Italian is clear and precise. The singers on this disc are all fantastic! Particularly Simon Keenlyside's magnificent Count and Marie McLaughlin's devious Marcellina.
Possibly the only slight disappointment is the interpretation of the Countess by Véronique Gens, abeit a very beautiful sounding voice but never the less I feel that she does not display the many colours of the Countess and, at times, seems rather monotonous in her interpretation.
All in all, this disc is fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone as it's winning feature is the bringing to life of Beaumarchais wonderful characters through Mozart's incredible music and Da Ponte's fantastic libretto!