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Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro Highlights / Varady, Titus, Davis

Mozart / Varady / Titus / Brs & Chorus / Davis
Release Date: 09/12/2000 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63707   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David SyrusAlan TitusSiegmund NimsgernMarilyn Schmiege,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Of all the new Mozart opera recordings that have come my way this bicentenary year, this one gets my vote for best conducting. Davis has been presiding over performances of Figaro for, I'd guess, thirty years now, and he knows exactly how the score should go. He “plays“ his Bavarian Radio Symphony the way a great Lieder accompanist plays the piano, bringing out inner voices at will, underlining every shift in mood, never overpowering the vocal line. His orchestra often seems to be singing along with the voices, sometimes in unison, sometimes in counterpoint, always enhancing the import of the text. There's a world of sadness, for instance, in the sighing of the strings as they introduce the Countess's “Porgi amor,“ just as, by contrast, Read more there's fury and indignation in the music of the Count's aria. There are innumerable small expressive details as well. When Figaro tersely reprises his “Se vuol ballare“ in act II, he sounds more determined, more minatory, simply because of the way Davis uses the double basses to reinforce his words. Every new episode in the great act II finale, every twist in plot, is gleefully seconded by the orchestral voices, yet there's never any hint of exaggeration. Dynamics ebb and flow easily, tempos are always just, and it all sounds so perfectly sane and natural that you may have to refer to recordings led by lesser conductors to appreciate Davis's extraordinary skill. His previous Figaro for Philips, first issued in 1971, is fiercer in spots and always dramatically telling, if less smooth overall and less rich in detail. It was a good job, but the new account is altogether more masterly. I'd rank Davis's achievement in Figaro with that of Giulini or Erich Kleiber. Among contemporary conductors, I don't think anyone can touch him—at least not until some record company coaxes a Figaro out of the younger Kleiber (Carlos), who shares Davis's uncanny ability to make an opera orchestra sing.

...[Varady]'s a serious, long-suffering Countess who's out of place among these conniving people, a Ruth amid the alien corn, and all the more poignant because of it. Her arias are beautifully, dolorously sung, though she's a bit short of breath in “Dove sono“... [Titus is] believable as both the feisty lover and the quick-witted schemer. I don't think he's done anything better on records... [T]his latest Figaro has a theatrical vitality that's hard to resist.

-- Ralph V. Lucano, FANFARE [11/1991]
reviewing the complete Figaro recording, RCA 60440 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Syrus (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1990-07/1990 
Venue:  Herulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Se vuol ballare, Signor contino by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alan Titus (), David Syrus (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1990-07/1990 
Venue:  Herulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: La vendetta, oh, la vendetta by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Syrus (Harpsichord), Siegmund Nimsgern ()
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1990-07/1990 
Venue:  Herulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Syrus (Harpsichord), Marilyn Schmiege ()
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1990-07/1990 
Venue:  Herulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non più andrai farfallone amoroso by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alan Titus (), David Syrus (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1990-07/1990 
Venue:  Herulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
6.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Julia Varády (), David Syrus (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1990-07/1990 
Venue:  Herulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
7.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi che sapete che cosa è amor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Syrus (Harpsichord), Marilyn Schmiege ()
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1990-07/1990 
Venue:  Herulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
8.
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Crudel! perchè finora by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Syrus (Harpsichord), Ferruccio Furlanetto (), Helen Donath ()
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1990-07/1990 
Venue:  Herulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
9.
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Hai già vinta la causa! by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Syrus (Harpsichord), Ferruccio Furlanetto ()
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1990-07/1990 
Venue:  Herulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
10.
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Vedrò, mentr'io sospiro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Syrus (Harpsichord), Ferruccio Furlanetto ()
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1990-07/1990 
Venue:  Herulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
11.
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: E Susanna non vien! by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Julia Varády (), David Syrus (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1990-07/1990 
Venue:  Herulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
12.
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Dove Sono I Bei Momenti by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Julia Varády (), David Syrus (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1990-07/1990 
Venue:  Herulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
13.
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Sull'aria..Che soave zefiretto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Julia Varády (), David Syrus (Harpsichord), Helen Donath ()
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1990-07/1990 
Venue:  Herulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
14.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Tutto è disposto...Aprite un po' quegl' occhi by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alan Titus (), David Syrus (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1990-07/1990 
Venue:  Herulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
15.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni, non tardar by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Syrus (Harpsichord), Helen Donath ()
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1990-07/1990 
Venue:  Herulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
16.
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Gente, gente, all'armi, all'armi by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Claes H. Ahnsjö (Voice), Alan Titus (), Gerhard Auer (Voice),
Heinz Zednik (Voice), Siegmund Nimsgern (), Helen Donath (),
Ferruccio Furlanetto (), Ingrid Kertesi (Voice), Marilyn Schmiege (),
David Syrus (Harpsichord), Julia Varády (), Cornelia Kallisch (Voice)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1990-07/1990 
Venue:  Herulessaal, Munich, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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