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Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Böhm, Wixell, Watson, Grist, Berry

Mozart / Wixell / Watson / Grist / Berry / Bohm
Release Date: 10/21/2003 
Label:  Tdk   Catalog #: CLOPNDF  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Walter BerryIngvar WixellReri GristEdith Mathis
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"... a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Salzburg Festival...The designer is Rudolf Heinrich, whose atmospheric sets cleverly suggest the different rooms in the Almaviva mansion within which Rennert, as ever, directs the work with an unforced feeling for the thoughts and actions of the Count’s scheming household and entirely without exaggeration...Berry’s then-reigning Figaro leads his eponymous opera with the confidence and exuberance of long experience in the part. His antagonist is the sturdy, impulsive Count of Wixell, obviously driven by testosterone. Both sing with absolute command of the stage and boast exemplary tone and technique with voices of properly contrasted timbre... Reri Grist’s Susanna is at once worldly-wise Read more and quick-witted...Even better is Edith Mathis’s enchanting Cherubino...proving how much better is a soprano than a mezzo in the part. Her finely shaped account of her/his arias rightly bring down the house...The Vienna Philharmonic play with dedication, as they always did for their old chief. The video direction is alert, the mono sound excellent. Those who want a modern version have several excellent ones to choose from; this one is hors concours, a record of how Mozart was done in his home city in the middle years of the last century." - Alan Blyth, GRAMOPHONE Read less

Works on This Recording

Le nozze di Figaro, K 492 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Walter Berry (Bass Baritone), Ingvar Wixell (Baritone), Reri Grist (Soprano),
Edith Mathis (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 

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