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Mozart: Bastien & Bastienne / Leppard, Gruberova, Cole


Release Date: 01/14/1991 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 45855   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  László PolgárVinson ColeEdita Gruberova
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Composed when Mozart was 12, Bastien und Bastienne is his second opera; he already had La finta semplice, a more sophisticated piece, intended for the opera house, behind him. This, based on Rousseau's Le devin du village, is a German Singspiel with broken dialogue (Mozart was later to add recitatives); it tells a tale of a pair of sweethearts who are brought together after a lovers' tiff by the village soothsayer, Colas. It consists of 15 numbers, mostly quite brief. This performance starts off as if it is going to be too artful by half, with exaggerated accents and an overquick tempo in the Overture, and some self-consciously artful phrasing from Edita Gruberova in some of her early songs. But it turns out pretty happily on the whole: Read more Gruberova's singing has clarity and charm, and her spirited singing and her graceful little touches in the slower arias serve the music well. Listen for example to her lovely shaping of "Er war mir sonst treu und ergeben". The Colas has a ripe, fruity bass; I found the Bastien, Vinson Cole, a shade plain and sometimes dryish, but he too has spirit and clarity of line and diction. In short, I don't think the piece could be much better done; certainly this recording is far to be preferred to the one by Harrer on Philips where all the parts are taken by boys, which makes the work oddly sexless and deprives it of its proper variety of vocal timbre.

-- Stanley Sadie, Gramophone [1/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Bastien und Bastienne, K 50 (46a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  László Polgár (Bass), Vinson Cole (Tenor), Edita Gruberova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1768; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
2.
Un moto di gioia, K 579 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Edita Gruberova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Language: Italian 
3.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni, non tardar by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Edita Gruberova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Misero! o sogno...Aura che intorni spiri, K 431 (425b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vinson Cole (Tenor)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Mentre ti lascio, o figlia, K 513 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  László Polgár (Bass)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Intrada. Allegro
I. Aria. Andante un poco adagio; Bastienne: Mein liebster Freund
II. Aria. Andante; Bastienne: Ich geh' jetzt auf die Weide
III. ... (Streicher)
IV. Aria. Allegro Colas: Befraget mich ein zartes Kind
V. Aria. Tempo grazioso Bastienne: Wenn mein Bastien
VI. Aria. Allegro moderato Bastienne: Würd' ich auch
VII. Duetto. Allegro colas & Bastienne: Auf den Rat, den ich gegeben
VIII. Aria. Allegro Bastien: Grossen Dank dir abzustatten
IX. Aria. Moderato Bastien: Geh'! du sagst mir eine Fabel
X. Aria. Andante maestoso Colas: Diggi, daggi
XI. Aria. Tempo di Minuetto Bastien: Meiner liebsten schöne Wangen
XII. Aria. Andante Bastienne: Er war mir sonst treu
XIII. Aria. Adagio maestoso Bastien: Geh' hin! dein Trotz Bastienne: Ich will mich in die Stadt
XIV. Recitative und arioso Bastien & Bastienne: Dein Trotz vermehrt sich
XV. Duetto. Allegro moderato Bastienne & Bastien: Geh', Herz von Flandern!
XVI. (Terzetto) Allegro moderato Colas, Bastienne & Bastien: Kinder! seht nach Sturm und Regen
Arie für Sopran, K. 579 - Susanna: Un moto di gioia mi sento Allegro moderato
Le Nozze Di Figaro, K. 492 No. 27, Susanna: Giunse alfin il momento. Allegro vivace assai - (Andante)
Rezitativ und Arie für Tenor, K. 431 (E.-K. 425b) Misero! o sogno... Aura, che intorni... Adagio - Andante sostenuto
Arie für Bass, K. 513 - Mentre ti lascio, o foglia. Larghetto

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