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Works on This Recording
La clemenza di Tito, K 621 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
László Polgár (Bass),
Christine Barbaux (Soprano),
Marta Senn (Mezzo Soprano),
Gösta Winbergh (Tenor),
Delores Ziegler (Mezzo Soprano),
Carol Vaness (Soprano)
Vienna State Opera Chorus,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1791; Prague
Date of Recording: 1988
Venue: Live Salzburg Festival, Salzburg, Austria
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
A most brilliant but under appreciated opera! November 17, 2012
By Stephen Schoeman (Westfield, NJ) See All My Reviews
"Here is one brilliant but under appreciated opera! Mozart did not write finer, more elegant music. The gorgeous arias flow like the waters of the Mississippi. Each different. It magnificent. Not to be missed are the wonderful clarinet and basset horn accompaniments! The glorious mezzo-soprano Parto, Parto. The also glorious soprano aria Non Piue di Fiori. Among others. The finale has a pace and a drama unrivaled in all opera. And the themes as dramatized are enough to uplift anyone who has any doubts about the possibilities for human goodness. Loyalty, trust, love, integrity, understanding, what makes for good political leadership, friendship, humanity, compassion, forgiveness, clemency. Not themes very much in evidence in nearly all operas, including the tragedies of Verdi and Puccini whose story line is almost too unpleasant to report. Yet La Clemenza Di Tito was rarely performed from about 1830 through the late 20th century. Its first performance at the Metropolitan Opera was in 1984! It was nearly a forgotten opera which is extraordinary considering the elegance and grace of Mozart's music. And as well as always his great economy, not using a note or measure not needed. Unlike Wagner's music, for example. Here is a serious opera, not the fluff of The Marriage of Figaro which distracts from the wonderful music. One could not do better than to spent an afternoon or evening listening to this masterpiece. And over and over again! Stephen Schoeman, Ph. D. Political Scientist"