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Mozart, Haydn, Gluck: Opera Arias / Von Otter, Pinnock


Release Date: 05/02/1997 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 449206   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartChristoph W. GluckFranz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Trevor PinnockAnne Sofie von OtterPaul GoodwinJane Coe,   ... 
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Von Otter's lyric mezzo is perfectly suited to that grave, Gluckian passion of "Non vi turbate," and her grief is affectingly ornamented in "Che farò."

For the sake of both vocal and family well-being, Anne Sofie von Otter has always followed the wise course of self-rationing in opera. This disc, an entirely personal selection of arias from the Viennese classical period, accompanied by period instruments, means all the more to her including, as it does, arias sung by dramatic and passionate women "most of whom", von Otter admits in the accompanying notes, "I have never performed on stage and, alas, probably never will".

They include La clemenza di Tito's
Read more Vitellia whom von Otter has irresistibly observed in her own role as Sesto: here she at last voices her guilt at implicating Sesto in her crime of passion, and expresses that unique fusion of sadness and desperation of "Non piu di fiori" in the eloquent company of Colin Lawson's basset-horn. And then Gluck's Alceste, again keenly observed by von Otter in a comprimario role. Her lyric mezzo is perfectly suited to that grave, Gluckian passion of "Non vi turbate".

Gluck's Orfeo is, of course, familiar to von Otter at first hand, and here The English Concert's introduction to the accompanied recitative which precedes "Che faro" creates exquisitely the "nuova serena luce" of the Elysian fields against which von Otter's grief, affectingly ornamented, is the darker, the more plangent.

The Mozart arias evoke memorable stage and concert performances by von Otter: a Cherubino whose phrasing combines with that of the wind soloists to create the warm breath of tender burgeoning sensuality in "Voi che sapete"; a Cecilio (Lucio Silla) whose coloratura captures the thrilled anticipation of that "tenero momento"; and a moustachioed Ramiro (La finta giardiniera) who pays ecstatic cantabile tribute to the power of love.

-- Gramophone [10/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi che sapete che cosa è amor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Language: Italian 
2.
Paride ed Elena: O del mio dolce ardor by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Paul Goodwin (Oboe), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Language: Italian 
3.
Don Giovanni, K 527: In quali eccessi...Mi tradì quell' alma ingrata by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Language: Italian 
4.
Alceste: Non vi turbate, no by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Language: Italian 
5.
Lucio Silla, K 135: Il tenero momento by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Milan, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Dunque sperar poss'io...". 
6.
La finta giardiniera, K 196: Dolce d'amor compagna by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Language: Italian 
7.
Orlando paladino, H 28 no 11: Una donna come me by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Language: Italian 
8.
Orlando paladino, H 28 no 11: Ad un sguardo by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Language: Italian 
9.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Batti, batti o bel Masetto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jane Coe (Cello), Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Language: Italian 
10.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Vedrai, carino se sei buonino by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Language: Italian 
11.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che puro ciel! by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Anthony Robson (Oboe), Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Language: Italian 
12.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farò senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Language: Italian 
13.
La fedeltà premiata, H 28 no 10: Deh soccorri un infelice by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Anthony Halstead (French Horn)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Language: Italian 
14.
La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Ecco il punto...Non più di fiori by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Colin Lawson (Basset-horn), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 1995 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 2: "Voi che sapete"
Paride ed Elena / Act 1: "O del mio dolce ardor"
Don Giovanni, ossia Il dissoluto punito, K.527 / Act 2: In quali eccessi, o numi
Alceste / Act 2: Non vi turbate, no
Lucio Silla, K.135 / Act 1: "Dunque sperar poss'io"/"Il tenero momento"
La finta giardiniera, K.196 / Act 2: No.18 Aria: Dolce d'amor compagna
Il mondo della luna / Act 1: "Una donna come me"
Orlando paladino / Act 1: "Ad un guardo, a un cenno solo"
Don Giovanni, ossia Il dissoluto punito, K.527 / Act 1: "Batti, batti, o bel Masetto"
Don Giovanni, ossia Il dissoluto punito, K.527 / Act 2: "Vedrai, carino"
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) / Act 2: Arioso: "Che puro ciel, che chiaro sol"
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Eurydice) / Act 3: Aria: "Che farò senza Euridice?"
La fedeltà premiata / Act 1: "Deh soccorri un'infelice"
La clemenza di Tito, K.621 / Act 2: "Ecco il punto, oh Vitellia" - "Non più di fiori"

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