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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro Highlights / Abbado, Gallo, McNair


Release Date: 04/01/1996 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 449838   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sylvia McNairLucio GalloIldebrando D'ArcangeloCecilia Bartoli,   ... 
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraVienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sylvia McNair’s impish Susanna is an absolute delight, Boje Skovhus is every bit the virile young Count, and Cheryl Studer makes for a touching, dignified Countess.

The choice here would seem to be clear-cut: between a big-budget, starrily cast, ‘traditional’ reading, under the direction of a conductor more attuned to late 19th- and 20th-century expressionismo, and a more modest, home-grown affair in the capable hands of one of our leading Mozartians. Life, however, is never that simple.

For one thing, Abbado and the VPO are clearly au fait with the insights of the period-instrument movement. Every bit as deft and transparent as Mackerras and the SCO, the richer sound and polish of the Viennese players is
Read more just too hard to resist. For all Mackerras’s skills in tapping the Mozartian essence, the SCO can’t help but sound anaemic in comparison. Abbado, at one with his singers, also displays a more acute sense of theatre; Mackerras’s often undercharacterise.

The exceptions are his Figaro (Alastair Miles) and Bartolo (Alfonso Antoniozzi). Otherwise Abbado wins hands down, with Sylvia McNair’s impish Susanna an absolute delight, Boje Skovhus every bit the virile young Count, and Cheryl Studer a touching, dignified Countess. The DG is the one to go for then (released mid-September), despite Mackerras’s added bonus of a substantial appendix of replacement numbers (not all by Mozart – and it shows!).

Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Antony Bye, BBC Music Magazine
reviewing the complete opera, DG 445903
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Works on This Recording

1.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Cinque - Dieci [opening scene] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sylvia McNair (Soprano), Lucio Gallo (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Se vuol ballare, Signor contino by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lucio Gallo (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: La vendetta, oh, la vendetta by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Bass)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Giovani liete by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non più andrai farfallone amoroso by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lucio Gallo (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi che sapete che cosa è amor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Venite, inginocchiatevi by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sylvia McNair (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Susanna, or via, sortite by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Boje Skovhus (Baritone), Cheryl Studer (Soprano), Sylvia McNair (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi, signor, che giusto siete by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano), Lucio Gallo (Baritone), Sylvia McNair (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi, signor, che giusto siete by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Bass), Carlo Allemano (Tenor), Cheryl Studer (Soprano),
Lucio Gallo (Bass Baritone), Boje Skovhus (Baritone), Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano),
Sylvia McNair (Soprano), Anna Caterina Antonacci (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Crudel, perchè finora by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sylvia McNair (Soprano), Boje Skovhus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Hai già vinta la causa!...Vedrò, metr'io sospiro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Boje Skovhus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: E Susanna non vien...Dove sono by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Riconosci in quest' amplesso by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Jelosits (Boy Soprano), Boje Skovhus (Baritone), Lucio Gallo (Bass Baritone),
Carlo Allemano (Tenor), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Bass), Sylvia McNair (Soprano),
Anna Caterina Antonacci (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: This selection follows "È decisa la lite." 
18.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Cosa mi narri?...Che soave zeffiretto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano), Sylvia McNair (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: L'ho perduta, me meschina! by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Andrea Rost (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Aprite, presto, aprite by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lucio Gallo (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni, non tardar by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sylvia McNair (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Gente! Gente! by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Andrea Rost (Soprano), Anna Caterina Antonacci (Soprano), Sylvia McNair (Soprano),
Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano), Boje Skovhus (Baritone), Lucio Gallo (Bass Baritone),
Cheryl Studer (Soprano), Carlo Allemano (Tenor), István Gáti (Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786: Overture
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 1: "Cinque... dieci... venti..."
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 1: "Se vuol ballare, signor Contino"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 1: "La vendetta, oh, la vendetta"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 1: "Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 1: Giovani liete, fiori spargete
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 1: "Non più andrai"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 2: "Porgi amor"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 2: "Voi che sapete"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 2: "Venite... inginocchiatevi..."
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 2: "Susanna, or via, sortite"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 2: "Voi signor, che giusto siete"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 3: "Crudel! perchè finora"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 3: "Hai già vinta la causa" - "Vedrò mentr'io sospiro"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 3: "E Susanna non vien!" - "Dove sono i bei momenti"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 3: "E decisa la lite"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 3: "Riconosci in questo amplesso"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 3: "Che soave zeffiretto" - "Piegato è il foglio..."
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 4: "L'ho perduta... me meschina!"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 4: "Aprite un po' quegli occhi"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 4: "Deh vieni, non tardar"
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 / Act 4: "Gente, gente, all'armi"

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