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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
 
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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

Vittorio Gui/Glyndebourne Festival Chorus/Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra
3 Oct 2005 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 3 Oct 2005
  • Release Date: 3 Oct 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 by EMI Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 2:37:26
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  • ASIN: B002Q21V5I
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,403 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. S. CROWE TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Sep 2012
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At last this famous performance is available in stereo in a beautifully re-mastered recording from the original ORF master tapes, and as usual Orfeo have done a superb job with great detail, spacious sound and no background hiss. It has been available before in the guise of its earlier Salzburg performances in 1975 with a slightly different cast , notably on Opera D'Oro in what can be best described as execrable sound-and if you already possess that version or one of the other recordings from dubious sources, I'm sorry but you need to buy this one to enjoy the full glory of the wonderful recorded sound.
I will not reiterate the history of how this performance came to be, and the politics surrounding it as this is well documented.
I will simply say that in my view, this is the greatest performance of this work on recorded sound. The cast is of a quality that is unsurpassable-indeed, it could not be equalled especially today. You may well have other favourites for individual roles, but no ensemble comes close to the sheer vocal brilliance of this cast. There are no weak links and it would be pointless to single out any of the great artists in this ensemble for special praise.
The orchestral contribution is needless to say peerless, and the recording captures the harpsichord continuo in perfect balance with what is a smaller band than Karajan often employed in Mozart. (Please note-I wrote smaller, not small!)
Of course, this is Mozart and Karajan, a combination which even his most ardent admirers (of which I am one) concede is not always successful-but in this case, his light textured swift tempi and relaxed but beautiful shaping combine to give a performance that radiates fun, joy and beauty in equal measure.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on 19 Mar 2013
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Anubis, Judge of the Dead, is likely to take a lively interest in Herbie in the Afterlife. Sure, he committed a couple of bloopers back in the Nineteen Thirties but they are dwarfed by an atrocity which he perpetuated for decades and whose fall-out lingers to this day: his decision to underwrite the artistic aspirations of his wife. For shame, Herbie! For shame! Less than a week ago, I came across another 'Blue Slosh' etude from the 1989 Karajan Edition: it wrecked my day.

Some would add Herbie's 1949 Le Nozze di Figaro to the ledger on the debit side. It has a near-perfect cast but the performance is marred by his headlong speeds and heartlessness in general. As an astute member of the Australian Kna Association observed to me, Herbie's allegiances clearly lie with `Upstairs' rather than `Downstairs' and that in turn leads to other affiliations ! Attention, attention: Security, remove Doctor Strangelove from the studio! Ooophs, sorry Herbie: I didn't realise it was you!

Anyone who indulges in polemics on Amazon will know that Richard Osborne of Gramophone fame is a dangerous ally to have. In his dotage, he now praises Norrington in Bruckner . . . . . He also served as Herbie's Court-Biographer. When he breaks ranks to criticise one of the Sun-King's recordings, he is usually to be trusted. He dismisses the 1977 re-make on the grounds that it too mechanical and rushed. In principle, I am prepared to believe him and all the more so as the Penguin Guide said as much too. Yeah, I need to hear it for myself but it can wait.

What a joy it is to find this live performance, recorded in parallel with the 1977 studio recording. Here is the CD description from UK Amazon:

Above all, this performance radiates a deep-set joy in Mozart's creation.
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