Notes and Editorial Reviews
La finta giardiniera has long been one of the lesser-known operas of the young Mozart, perhaps because the original Munich version, sung in Italian, quickly disappeared from the repertoire until it was revived in German from 1779 onwards. A posthumous version from 1796 displays skillful reorchestration: extremely "symphonic" and typical of late Mozart – to such an extent that numerous specialists have thought they detected the composer’s own hand. It is this so-called "Namest" version that is recorded here by René Jacobs, who sees in this amazingly lively opera "a very ancient form of theatre, which blithely mingles farce with great passions... and elements typical of a 'modern' initiatory opera." René Jacobs's reputation in the operas of Mozart is unsurpassed. The luxury packaging includes an essay on the Prague score and the customary scholarly notes from Jacobs on his performing version.