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Mozart: La Finta Semplice / Hager, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra

Release Date: 07/31/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94374  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Thomas MoserRobert LloydRobert HollTeresa Berganza,   ... 
Conductor:  Leopold Hager
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Leopold Hager’s recording of La finta semplice originated in Salzburg, and it certainly represents a refined and stylistically appropriate approach to Mozart. But the orchestra uses modern instruments, there is more flexibility in the conducting than we get from the HIP specialists, and a great deal more warmth in the singing. Today, this would be called “old-fashioned” Mozart-playing by some, though certainly not by me. Hager’s cast qualifies as an all-star assemblage, and those who know it from its release on Orfeo will already be aware of its glories. I liked this recording when I reviewed it on LP and Ralph Lucano praised the CD incarnation on Orfeo, though he liked the opera itself less than I did. I continue to find this, Mozart’s Read more first opera-buffa, to be an engaging work that pays continuing dividends on repeated hearings. If you never obtained the Orfeo Finta, here it is again in still-fresh sound, with natural balances and perspective—a gem of a performance.

-- Henry Fogel, FANFARE
reviewing this title previously released as Brilliant 92345
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Works on This Recording

La finta semplice, K 51 (46a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Thomas Moser (Tenor), Robert Lloyd (Bass), Robert Holl (Bass),
Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano), Helen Donath (Soprano), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor),
Jutta-Renate Ihloff (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Hager
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1769; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1984 
Language: Italian 

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