on 15 August 2013
The chief pleasure of this release is the orchestral playing of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the expert direction of Yannick Nezet-Seguin. In a concert version recorded live at the2012 Baden Baden festival, this smallish group very satisfyingly highlight the multiple felicities of Mozart's magical score. Although modern instruments are utilised, there is an obvious nod to period performance style. With clear, dryish sound, the stylish and alert playing is joy from start to finish.
The vocal aspect is generally satisfying; all is present and correct. While the singing from all soloists is technically faultless, my gripe is that it sounds so generic. Listening to duets featuring the sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi, I found it difficult to distinguish one voice from the other. Additionally the singers lack individuality-this observation was underlined by listening to the versions conducted by Karajan (1954) Bohm (1955 & 1962) as well as Solti (1973). Here the listener enters a different world of style and expressivity. Perhaps in a staged performance seen on DVD the relative blandness would be diminished.
My complaint notwithstanding, I enjoyed this set very much and anticipate to return to it in the future. It is definitely worth a listen.