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Czech born mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena has long been associated with Mozart's music, and her prize winning performance in 1995 at the International Mozart Competition probably marks the start of her successful career.
Released in 2006, Mozart Arias is a selection from the operas Le nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, La clemenza di Tito and Idomeneo, and it marks Kozena's first release on the Deutsche Grammophon label and her first recording with conductor and partner (they had a child in 2005) Sir Simon Rattle.
Magdalena's style is to sing with an apparent effortlessness ease which belies the technical difficultly of some of these works. It is tender and natural, and it certainly works on this album, occasionally leaning to a more soprano range. Rattle's direction of the soft, warm-sounding period instruments of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment provide a perfect partnership to her simple, dreamy singing.
The original digipak release, a plastic CD jewel case in card folder, contains a 40 page sleeve booklet in English, German and French, with full orchestra names and some quotes by Magdelena.