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Mozart: Arias / Kozena, Rattle


Release Date: 11/14/2006 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 000709902   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Magdalena KozenáJos van Immerseel
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Imported from : European Union   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"If anyone has recorded a lovelier Mozart recital in recent years, I’ve yet to hear it. In her early thirties, Kožená is now consummate mistress of her art. Her liquid high mezzo, with its easy upward extension, combines warmth with the bloom and freshness of youth, while her coloratura, on display in ‘Al desio di chi t’adora’ (composed as a substitute for ‘Deh vieni’), is as brilliant and expressive as Bartoli’s ...Cherubino (whose ‘Voi che sapete’ is sung in an embellished version published in 1810) and Dorabella (a blithe, flighty ‘È amore un ladroncino’) are the only roles here in Kožená’s stage repertoire. But she ‘lives’ each of these wide-ranging characters intensely, from the remorseful Vitellia in La Read more clemenza di Tito (sorrow etched into the texture of her voice) via the tenderness and anguish of Ilia in Idomeneo to a delightfully sly, knowing Despina. The vivid, tangy accompaniments from Rattle and the OAE go well beyond mere good style, with a classy basset-horn obbligato from Anthony Pay in the Vitellia aria. Fortepianist Jos van Immerseel is an equally sympathetic partner in an impassioned yet intimate performance of ‘Ch’io mi scordi di te’..."
- Richard Wigmore, The GRAMOPHONE

"Kožená's varied recital is even better chosen. Her 'Voi che sapete', beautifully accompanied by Rattle, is given in a version with 'embellishments' by Mozart's contemporart Domenico Corri (1746-1825) who lived and died in Hampstead. They are in character, are appropriate and, to my ears, altogether charming...The concluding item, 'Al desio di chi t'adora', was written to replace 'deh vieni, non tardar' for the 1798 revival of Figaro in Vienna. It suits Kožená to perfection, is full of unexpected beauties and brings a patchy disc to an inspiring conclusion."
- OPERA, December 2006
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Works on This Recording

1. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi che sapete che cosa è amor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
2. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni, non tardar by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
3. Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, K 505 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jos van Immerseel (Fortepiano), Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
4. Così fan tutte, K 588: In uomini, in soldati by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
5. Così fan tutte, K 588: Ei parte...Per pietà ben mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
6. Così fan tutte, K 588: Per pietà, ben mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Written: 1790 
7. Così fan tutte, K 588: E amore un ladroncello by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
8. La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Ecco il punto...Non più di fiori by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Prague, Czech Republ 
9. Vado, ma dove?, K 583 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jos van Immerseel (Fortepiano), Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
10. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
11. Alma grande e nobil core, K 578 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jos van Immerseel (Fortepiano), Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
12. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Al desio di chi t'adora by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Written: 1786 

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