Notes and Editorial Reviews
• Written when Mozart was just fourteen, Mitridate, Re di Ponte is an endless flow of beautiful melodies and dramatic recitatives.
• Nikolaus Harnoncourt, whose insistence on authenticity in performance techniques and instruments used has made him world reknowned, conducts Concentus Musicus along with an outstanding international cast that includes Gösta Winbergh and Ann Murray.
DVD Features Include
• Superb picture quality.
• Improved audio and two surround sound options. (LPCM Stereo/Dolby Digital 5.1/DTS 5.1)
• Additional content and bonus material where available
• Subtitles in multiple languages.
• Region Code: 0 (worldwide).
R E V I E W
"Is an opera written by a fourteen-year-old worth producing for video three times? Oh, my yes! If Mozart had died immediately after writing this opera, he would still be reckoned as one of the greatest opera composers of all time. Everything you expect to hear in the later Mozart works is contained here, with the added advantage that for most of us this is brand new music so in addition there is the sense of discovery on the parts of the composer, the performers, and the audience. When you become acquainted with Mitridate, however, it won’t be unfamiliar for long, for you will want to hear it often and get to know it well. Is this as great as Don Giovanni? Maybe not, but it stands easily alongside Idomeneo, which must also be in any serious Mozart collection.
The action of this opera takes place in the long-vanished Crimean city of Nymphaea, an ally of Pontus in its long war with Rome, but you’d never know it to look at any of these performances...the Harnoncourt staging is the most “realistic” in that it is filmed in a classical theatre (The Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza), probably just about what Mozart would have expected the staging and costumes to look like..." - MusicWeb
Works on This Recording
Mitridate, rč di Ponto, K 87 (74a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Yvonne Kenny (Soprano),
Gösta Winbergh (Tenor),
Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano),
Anne Gjevang (Alto),
Joan Rodgers (Soprano),
Peter Straka (Tenor),
Massimiliano Roncato (Counter Tenor)
Written: 1770; Milan, Italy
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