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Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Vittorio Gui , Glyndebourne Festival Chorus , Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra , Sesto Bruscantini , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Sesto Bruscantini, Graziella Sciutti, Franco Calabrese, Sena Jurinac
  • Orchestra: Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra
  • Conductor: Vittorio Gui
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (22 April 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Classics for Pleasure
  • ASIN: B000026GDS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,344 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Marriage Of Figaro: Overture
2. The Marriage Of Figaro: Act 1: Duet: Cinque...dieci...venti
3. The Marriage Of Figaro: Recit: Cosa stai misurando
4. The Marriage Of Figaro: Duet: Se a caso madama
5. The Marriage Of Figaro: Recit: Or bene, ascolta e taci
6. The Marriage Of Figaro: Recit: Bravo, signor padrone!
7. The Marriage Of Figaro: Recit: Ed aspettaste il giorno
8. The Marriage Of Figaro: Aria: La vendetta, oh, la vendette
9. The Marriage Of Figaro: Recit: Tutto ancor non ho perso
10. The Marriage Of Figaro: Duet: Via resti servita
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Disc: 2
1. The Marriage Of Figaro: Ah! Signor! Signor! Cosa e stato?
2. The Marriage Of Figaro: Voi signore, che giusto siete
3. The Marriage Of Figaro: Act Three: Recit: Che imbarazzo e mai questo; Recit: Via! fatti core
4. The Marriage Of Figaro: Duet: Crudel! perche finora
5. The Marriage Of Figaro: Recit: E perche fosti meco stamattina si austera?; Recita: Ehi Susanna, ove vai?
6. The Marriage Of Figaro: Recit: Hia gia vinta la causa!; Aria: Vedro, mentr'io sospiro
7. The Marriage Of Figaro: Recit: E decisa la lite
8. The Marriage Of Figaro: Sestetto: Riconosci in questo amplesso una madre
9. The Marriage Of Figaro: Recit: Eccovi, o caro amico, il dolce frutto
10. The Marriage Of Figaro: Recit: E Sussanna non vien!; Aria: Dove sono i bei momenti
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Amazon.co.uk Review

Judging by the sound alone, this 1955 Glyndebourne Figaro was a "naturalistic" if far from a lacklustre production. The focus on Figaro's justifiable quest for revenge over the lecherous Count at times threatens to overbalance the commedia del'arte lightness of Mozart's sparkling comedy. The remastered studio recording favours the singers; the orchestra is subdued and often low in the mix, but it does deliver the Overture's clear promise to reveal a modern-minded confident Gui with an able and willing ensemble at his disposal. The sonority of Almaviva (Calabrese)'s authoritative bass remains locked in a vocal duel with an equally assured Figaro (Bruscanini) nicely contrasted by Hugues Cuenod's Basilio, a delightfully inoffensive velvet tenor. Jurinac's Countess laments her plight with glassy pure tone that is slightly under-energised--possibly due to the deliberate, serene tempi of her arias. Sciutti is a glittering Susanna. Stevens' Cherubino is wonderfully animated in the recitatives, but sounds like an older woman in the passionate arias. The action is refreshingly and humorously hurried forward in the recitatives by an insistent Raymond Leppard, whose "silent movie" continuo playing is incomparable. Although this recording probably would lose out to the competition as a first-time buy, it's a delightful period-piece. --Yngvil V.G.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable recording for someone new to opera 22 Dec 2001
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Whenever someone asks me where is the best place to start listening to opera, I always says The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. It is one of those operas that you think you know nothing about, but as you listen to it, you start humming along to the themes. Having been recorded in 1955, you would think that the sound is awful, suprisingly enough it is not, even the oboe sound is decent, and there is no constant hiss throughout. The singing is good, and the tempo is steady throughout. Although not the best recording of the opera by far, the price of the recording is very tempting. There is no libretto with it, but there is listeners guide explaining what is happening during each track.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic performance 1 April 2002
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This is quite simply a classic performance. A wonderful Glyndebourne cast (Bruscantini is the archetypal Figaro) a bargin without equal. At this price no serious collector should be without it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an early stereo classic 1 Mar 2014
Despite small cuts that enable this celebrated reading to be squeezed on to two CDs I can appreciate why a BBC Radio 3 reviewer chose this as a library first choice in 2000. Although it wouldn't be at the very top of my personal list, there is a sense of theatrical pacing about this reading and the cast is a fine one, working well as an ensemble, under Gui's alert direction. There are also moments of outstandingly beautiful singing. The sound as early stereo is pretty good on the whole and the performance is a valuable addition to the library, in my case alongside the Giulini and Solti recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars recording 28 April 2014
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SIMPLE SUPERB!!! If you like this opera this is the recoding for you.Definitive is the word I would strongly recommend it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ok...until you listen 31 Dec 2007
I had this recording for years and was quite happy with it. Then I listened more carefully as I was working on the PC and found it a big disappointment.

The singing was accurate but lacked warmth and passion, which is strange because it has some good names on it. A rather wooden performance I felt. I've given it away and invested in a better copy.
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