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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro -- 1966 Salzburg Festival/Bohm [DVD] 
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Another Salzburg classic with Karl Bohm at his fluent, crisply-phrased best, a lively Gunther Rennert staging, and a cast of already historic Mozart voices. Performance ***** Picture & Sound *** --BBC Music Magazine,Feb'12See all Product Description
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I love the rich, dark Harnencourt Figaro and have fallen in love with Alison Hagley's Susanna (a lighter and more mercurial Susanna that the measured calm of Freni) in the Gardiner; but if you can only have one, then do not miss the Ponnelle. If you already have the video, as I had, rest assured the quality leap of the DVD is worth the expense.
The only very slight criticism I have is that Susanna looks so similar to Cherubino!!! A very minor detail.
Please do choose this as your first option you really will not regret it.
The music throughout is crisp and clear, and the picture quality what one would expect of the period.
Reri Grist is a role model for all would be Susannas, pert, dynamic and bursting with energy, and does some great twirling. Her light, clear soprano is also in tune with her character. Walter Berry, a strong but not forced baritone, makes a good job of presenting Figaro, quick thinking on his feet, but a pace behind Susanna on ingenuity
The Countess is admirably voiced by Claire Watson, she is a good crowd pleaser in her role which has a number of poignant arias. The bullying self opinionated Ingvar Wixell version of the Count is as good as any That I have seen and heard.
Edith Mathis as Cherubino is in good voice, but seems to take a while to warm up, she starts by being a bit too feminine, but it wears off as the plot continues. The other supporting roles are all adequately done.
The assortment of duets trios and combinations throughout are well balanced, and pleasing to the ear.
I would also mention some excellent costumes, the wardrobe should be complemented.
If your forte is stereo, full colour and crisp HD image this will not suit you, but it is opera at its best.
Some caveats: it’s b/w and mono – this didn’t bother me: the sound is good, as is the film quality. More problematic, the cuts - why are there any? The musical style is typical of the mid-60s and might seem a little dated to modern ears. And as the reviewer Bonzo has said, there is a constant taking of bows after arias, which (unlike him/her) I find very annoying (the cast is first rate and the applause extensive).
Sets and costumes are trad and attractive, but there is nothing “sugar and spice” about Rennert’s direction: without being “in-your-face” it deals with a specific (ie feudal) social situation in all its nastiness. The Count sees nothing inconsistent with wanting to bed his wife’s maid, while being pathologically jealous (plus ca change). The Countess, to win back her husband, needs Susanna’s help and does things which she finds demeaning and hurtful. Susanna needs all her wits to fend off the Count’s advances but her economic position depends on him; Figaro, who throughout needs to think on his feet, is also careful not cross class lines too obviously. It remains wonderfully funny, but it is also disturbing. There are lovely small touches showing the relationships between the various characters.
Claire Watson, a fine Ellen Orford and Sieglinde, is lovely as the Countess: I will just add to Bonzo’s comments that I have rarely been so convinced that the Countess was, a few years previously, Rosina, the clever young woman who outwitted Dr Bartolo and married the man she still loves.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An outstanding production. I am not qualified to criticise the quality of the singing and orchestral playing. I think it was outstanding value for money.Published 6 months ago by Brian Coxall
Production rechnique unusual. When singer is thinking rather than acting, the voice is heard as a background to the singer's facial expressions.Published 8 months ago by Kenneth Rivers
A stunning film of Mozart's beloved opera. Breathtaking settings and vibrant cinematography accompany a quality sound recording with superb cast, orchestra and conductor. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mark I. Lloyd
Bought this set a week ago and found on delivery that the first disc had the title imprint of "Das Land des Lächelns". Read morePublished 11 months ago by F. R. C. Burghardt
Excellent traditional performance of Mozart's wonderful comic opera, from 1786, as servants outwit their lecherous master. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dave L
Maybe I have a different DVD to others, but my recording seemed to have two problems: the sound and action were not synched, or maybe they were miming - badly; and the sound was... Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2014 by I Rascible
Good copy very enjoyable and well presented loved the humour well potraited. Watched with a group of others to widen our musical tastes which worked very well.Published on 15 May 2013 by Woo Woo