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Mozart: Opera & Concert Arias / Elina Garanca, Et Al


Release Date: 01/10/2006 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 32631   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elina GarancaFrank Braley
Conductor:  Louis Langrée
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Elina Garan?a is a relatively new entrant in the mezzo-soprano sweepstakes, but it is already apparent that her career is on a fast upward trajectory. (She has already recorded Adalgisa opposite Edita Gruberova, a set that is, alas, all but unlistenable except for her contribution.) The young mezzo, from Riga, Latvia (the country of origin of the great Hermann Jadlowker), is uncommonly pretty, possessing what appear to be the deepest blue eyes imaginable. But that Garan?a is not just another pretty face is indicated by this Mozart recital, in which she not only sings Dorabella’s mezzo range “Smanie implacabili,” but also Fiordiligi’s brutally difficult soprano aria, “Come scoglio!” Ms. Garan?a brings off this perfecta to perfection, Read more negotiating all the fearsome runs and trills with aplomb.

In an age of ubiquitous cookie-cutter vocalizing and generic, dull interpretations, Elina Garan?a delights and surprises the listener by utilizing her rich, plummy tones with an unusually wide dynamic range (a hundred years ago singers like Ernestine Schumann-Heink and Louise Homer routinely sang this way). Soft, delicately held high notes, whispered passages, feathery trills, and, when needed, powerful dramatic emphasis are all arrows in her quiver to be used in this sublime music as she deems fit. A student of Virginia Zeani, Ms. Garan?a has learned her vocal art very well.

FANFARE: James Camner
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Works on This Recording

1.
Chi sa qual sia, K 582 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Louis Langrée
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (05/15/2005 - 05/19/2005); Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (08/26/2005 - 08/27/2005) 
2.
La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Deh, se piacer mi vuoi by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Louis Langrée
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Prague, Czech Republ 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (05/15/2005 - 05/19/2005); Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (08/26/2005 - 08/27/2005) 
3.
Basta, vincesti...Ah, non lasciarmi, K 486a (295a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Louis Langrée
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (05/15/2005 - 05/19/2005); Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (08/26/2005 - 08/27/2005) 
4.
La finta giardiniera, K 196: Và pure ad altri in braccio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Louis Langrée
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (05/15/2005 - 05/19/2005); Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (08/26/2005 - 08/27/2005) 
5.
Alma grande e nobil core, K 578 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Louis Langrée
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (05/15/2005 - 05/19/2005); Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (08/26/2005 - 08/27/2005) 
6.
Misero me...Misero pargoletto, K 77 (73e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Louis Langrée
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Milan, Italy 
Length: 14 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (05/15/2005 - 05/19/2005); Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (08/26/2005 - 08/27/2005) 
7.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Ah costati...Smanie implacabili by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Louis Langrée
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (05/15/2005 - 05/19/2005); Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (08/26/2005 - 08/27/2005) 
8.
Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, K 505 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano), Frank Braley (Piano)
Conductor:  Louis Langrée
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 10 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (05/15/2005 - 05/19/2005); Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (08/26/2005 - 08/27/2005) 
9.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Temerari!...Come scoglio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Louis Langrée
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (05/15/2005 - 05/19/2005); Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (08/26/2005 - 08/27/2005) 
10.
La finta giardiniera, K 196: Se l'augellin sen fugge by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Louis Langrée
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (05/15/2005 - 05/19/2005); Grosser Saal, Mozarteum, Salzburg (08/26/2005 - 08/27/2005) 

Sound Samples

Chi sà, chi sà, Qual sia K582
La clemenza di Tito, Act One: No. 2 Aria: Deh, se piacer mi vuoi (Vitellia)
Basta, vincesti ... Ah, non lasciarmi K486a/K295a
La finta giardiniera: Va pure as altri (Ramiro)
Alma grande e nobil core K578
Misero me!... Misero pargoletto K. 77
La finta giardiniera: Se l'augellin sen fugge (Ramiro)
Così fan tutte, Act One: No. 11 Aria: Smanie implacabili che m'agitate (Dorabella)
Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene K505
Così fan tutte K588: Act I: Temerari! ... Come scoglio (Fiordiligi)

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