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One of Decca's great opera recordings with an outstanding international cast under the direction of Sir Georg Solti is now available as a limited-edition hardback book and marks the 40th anniversary of Kiri Te Kanawa's first portrayal of the Countess at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 1 December 1971.
The recording was made in 1981 and quickly won enthusiastic praise from the critics:
"Solti's effervescent new version of Figaro ... crowning all is the Countess of Kiri Te Kanawa, producing ravishing tone, flawless phrasing and elegant ornamentation throughout. With superb, vivid recording this now makes an excellent first choice." The Penguin Guide
The full libretto is included in
Italian / English / French / German
A new article entitled "Kiri and the Countess" by opera writer and critic George Hall reasseses Kiri Te Kanawa as an outstanding Mozartian and charts her early career.
Recording session pictures are included in the book.
Synopsis also included.
Works on This Recording
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Kurt Moll (Bass),
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano),
Philip Langridge (Tenor),
Giorgio Tadeo (Bass),
Lynda Russell (Soprano),
Samuel Ramey (Bass),
Lucia Popp (Soprano),
Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano),
Jane Berbié (Mezzo Soprano),
Thomas Allen (Baritone),
Anne Mason (Soprano),
Robert Tear (Tenor),
Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Sir Georg Solti
London Philharmonic Orchestra,
London Opera Chorus
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Beautiful and of permanent value June 30, 2012
By M. Parker (Washington, DC) See All My Reviews
"I think this recording must surely be the most beautiful performance of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO available. In this day of declining singing standards and ugly 'authentic' orchestral playing, Solti leads his fabulous cast in a performance of unforgettable freshness, charm, elegance, and beauty. Te Kanawa, Popp, Ramey, Allen - all are beyond compare with wonderful voices (and fine singing) and insightful characterisations. And the maestro's leadership of the London Philharmonic Orchestra is superb with lively tempi, clarity and lightness of texture, and real lyrical beauty.
I am so glad that I purchased this recording and will treasure it for years to come.