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Mozart Opera Favourites

Release Date: 05/22/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 82586   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Walter BerryThomas AllenAnna MoffoNicolai Gedda,   ... 
Conductor:  Bernard HaitinkSir Colin DavisRiccardo Muti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This collection of Mozart operatic arias, performed by stars of the last generation, has gone through several reissues and appears now on the budget Classics for Pleasure line. Don't be discouraged by that -- the selections were chosen in the first place by someone who cared about Mozart singing, and this remains an ideal one-disc program of Mozart. The recordings date from between 1961 and 1987, but they have been remastered into a clear and coherent whole. Each track features a different singer, so the album could just as easily be a sampler of singers as one of Mozart; the arias are grouped into sets of three or four each from Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Magic Flute. The individual performances Read more are consistently good. Listeners may well have their own favorites, but a few highlights are the languorously seductive "Là ci darem la mano" from Roger Soyer and Helen Donath (track 2), a "Voi che sapete" from Fiorenza Cossotto (track 12) that plays on the ambiguity of the pants role, and a radiant "Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön" from Siegfried Jerusalem (track 16). There are too few arias to give a sense of dramatic continuity to any of the selections, but they nevertheless flow naturally from one to another, and the listener is left not only with Mozart's melodies ringing in the ears but with a good sense for how some big operatic voices have treated the task of slimming down for Mozart's smaller dimensions. Consistently lovely, and a worthy expenditure for the budget-minded newcomer to opera.

- All-Music Guide

1 Don Giovanni (1990 Digital Remaster): Overture (1990 Digital Remaster) 6:90
2 Don Giovanni K527 (1991 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO (1991 Digital Remaster), Scena terza (1991 Digital Remaster): Là ci darem la mano (Don Giovanni/Zerlina) (1991 Digital Remaster) 3:40
3 Don Giovanni K527, ATTO PRIMO, Scena terza: Aria: Finch'han dal vino (Don Giovanni) 1:19
4 Il mio tesoro (Don Giovanni, Act II) 5:50
5 Don Giovanni K527, ATTO SECONDO, Scena seconda, Recitativo & Aria: Mi tradì quell'alma ingrata (Donna Elvira) 3:47
6 Così fan tutte, Act 1, Scene 2: No. 10 Terzettino: Soave sia il vento (Dorabella/Don Alfonso/Fiordiligi) 3:16
7 Così fan tutte K588, ATTO PRIMO/ACT ONE/ERSTER AKT/PREMIER ACTE, Scena terza/Scene Three/Dritte Szene/Troisième Scène: Aria: Come scoglio immoto resta (Fiordiligi) 4:40
8 Così fan tutte, Act 1, Scene 3: No. 17 Aria: Un'aura amorosa del nostro tesoro (Ferrando) 5:12
9 Così fan tutte: Donne mie, la fate a tanti a tanti (Guglielmo) (1988 Digital Remaster) 3:24
10 Le Nozze di Figaro, '(The) Marriage of Figaro' K492, ACT 1: Non più andrai 3:38
11 Le Nozze di Figaro, ACT 2: Porgi, amor (Contessa Almaviva) 3:44
12 Le nozze di Figaro K492 (1989 Digital Remaster), Atto Secondo (1989 Digital Remaster): Canzona: Voi, che sapete che cosa è amor (Cherubino) (1989 Digital Remaster) 2:53
13 Le nozze di Figaro K492 (1989 Digital Remaster), Atto Quarto (1989 Digital Remaster): Recitativo: Giunse alfin il momento ... Aria: Deh vieni, non tardar (Susanna) (1989 Digital Remaster) 3:10
14 Die Zauberflöte K620 (1990 Digital Remaster): Overture (1990 Digital Remaster) 7:30
15 Die Zauberflöte: Singspiel in two acts K620 (1987 Digital Remaster), Act I (1987 Digital Remaster): Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja (Papageno) (1987 Digital Remaster) 2:35
16 Die Zauberflöte K620, ACT I: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön 4:10
17 Die Zauberflote - highlights, Act 2 (1964 Digital Remaster): Der Hölle Rache 3:90
18 Die Zauberflöte: Singspiel in two acts K620 (1987 Digital Remaster), Act II (1987 Digital Remaster): Papagena! Papagena! (Papageno, Knaben, Papagena) (1987 Digital Remaster) 7:45 Read less

Works on This Recording

Work(s) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Walter Berry (Bass Baritone), Thomas Allen (Baritone), Anna Moffo (Soprano),
Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Lucia Popp (Soprano), Francisco Araiza (Tenor),
Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Margaret Marshall (Soprano),
Olivera Miljakovic (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Sir Colin Davis,  Riccardo Muti
Period: Classical 

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