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Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro/ Halász


Release Date: 06/15/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8660102-04   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Renato GirolamiJudith HalászJanusz MonarchaMichael Roider,   ... 
Conductor:  Michael Halász
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This welcome studio recording of Figaro is note-complete (moreso, actually, since as an appendix, two alternative arias for Susanna are included) and presented in spotless, clear sonics. The instruments are modern and the leadership is sprightly, with all of the characters particularly well-drawn. Indeed, the final scene of the opera--after the five arias in the garden--is the most vivid on disc, perhaps because the singers' individual voices are easy to distinguish, and therefore the comings and goings are particularly clear. The Figaro of Renato Girolami is dark-voiced and, in fact, serious; by contrast, Bo Skovhus' Count, somewhat lighter of tone, is an interestingly sleek villain. At the risk of putting too fine a point on it, the voice Read more types and colors seem to underline a class difference that I'm sure would please Mozart and da Ponte.

Judith Halasz's Susanna is more insistent than cutesy; her tone is warm, oddly dusky-hued, and not even remotely soubrette-ish. (The coloratura in one of her extra arias, K. 577, is not easy for her.) Marina Mescheriakova, a Russian soprano who has been making her name in Verdi roles, is a bit vocally heavy and heavy-handed as the Countess, but she manages some lovely pianissimo shadings along the way. She's not an ideal Countess and her Italian diction at times is unforgivably mushy. Michelle Breedt's Cherubino is impeccably sung without being truly memorable, Michael Roider is a firmer-than-usual Basilio, Gabriele Sima sings Marcellina with bright tone and flawless diction, and Janusz Monarcha's Bartolo is rich-toned enough to be Boris Godunov. Orchestra and chorus are excellent, performing accurately and handsomely. To get back to the conducting, Michael Halasz leads a performance that is devoid of affectations or a particular agenda. This, with the caveats noted and at its marvellously low price, is a terrific buy.

--Robert Levine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Renato Girolami (Bass), Judith Halász (Soprano), Janusz Monarcha (Bass),
Michael Roider (Tenor), Alexander Klinger (Tenor), Peter Köves (Bass),
Orsolya Sáfár (Soprano), Marina Mescheriakova (Soprano), Boje Skovhus (Baritone),
Gabriela Sima (Mezzo Soprano), Michelle Breedt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Halász
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 186 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Un moto di gioia, K 579 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Judith Halász (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Halász
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 186 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Al desio di chi ch'adora, K 577 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Judith Halász (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Halász
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 186 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Sinfonia
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 1: Duettino - Cinque...dieci...venti...trenta
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 1: Recitativo - Cosa stai misurando
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 2: Duettino - Se a caso madama la notte ti chiama
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 2: Recitativo - Or bene, ascolta, e taci!
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 3: Cavatina - Se vuol ballare, signor Contino
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 3: Recitativo - Ed aspettaste il giorno fissato a le sue nozze
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 4: Aria - La vendetta, oh, la vendetta
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 4: Recitativo - Tutto ancor non ho perso
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 5: Duettino - Via resti sevita, madama brillante
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 5: Recitativo - Va' la, vecchia pedante
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 6: Aria - Non so piu cosa son faccio
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 6: Recitativo - Ah son perduto!
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 7: Terzetto - Cosa sento! Tosto andate
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 7: Recitativo - Basilio, in traccia tosto di Figaro volate
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 8: Chorus - Giovani liete fiori spargete
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 8: Recitativo - Cos' e questa commedia?
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 9: Chorus - Giovani liete fiori spargete
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 9: Recitativo - Evviva!
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act I No. 10: Aria - Non piu andrai, farfallone amoroso
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 11: Cavatina - Porgi amor qualche ristoro
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 11: Recitativo - Vieni, cara Susanna
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 11: Recitativo - Quanto duolmi, Susanna
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 12: Arietta - Voi, che sapete
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 12: Recitativo - Bravo! Che bella voce!
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 13: Aria - Venite, inginocchiatevi
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 13: Recitativo - Quante buffonerie!
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 13: Recitativo - Che novitŕ
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 14: Terzetto: Susanna, or via, sortite
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 14: Recitativo - Dunque voi non aprite?
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 15: Duettino - Aprite, presto, aprite
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 15: Recitativo - Oh, guarda il demonietto!
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 15: Recitativo - Tutto e come il lasciai
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 16: Finale - Esci omai, garzon malnato
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 16: Susanna!...Signore
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 16: Susanna, son morta
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 16: Signori, di fuori
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 16: Ah, signor...signor...
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act II No. 16: Voi, signor, che giusto siete
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act III No. 16: Recitativo - Che imbarazzo e mai questo!
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act III No. 17: Duettino - Crudel! Perché finora
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act III No. 17: Recitativo - E perche fosti meco
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act III No. 18: Recitativo & Aria - Hai gia vinta la causa!...
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act III No. 18: Recitativo - E decisa la lite
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act III No. 19: Sestetto - Riconosci in questo amplesso
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act III No. 19: Recitativo - Eccovi, o caro amico
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act III No. 19: Recitativo - Andiam, andiam, bel paggio
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act III No. 20: Recitativo & Aria - E Susanna non vien!...Dove sono i bei momenti
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act III No. 20: Recitativo - Io vi dico, signor
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act III No. 20: Recitativo - Cosa mi narri!
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act III No. 21: Duettino - Canzonetta sull aria...Che soave zeffiretto
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act III No. 21: Recitativo - Piegato e il foglio
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act III No. 22: Chorus - Ricevete, o padroncina
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act III No. 22: Recitativo - Queste sono, Madama
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492: Act III No. 23: Finale - Ecco la marcia, andiamo

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