Che cosa è amor: Mozart Arias

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Here's a clever scheme: Record all the soprano arias, for each of the female roles, from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. It's a daring project, one that requires a singer with a voice that can stretch to meet a range of dramatic and technical requirements. Andrea Rost, the Hungarian soprano with a flourishing career and several recordings to her credit, certainly deserves points for bravery, and happily, she also largely succeeds in pulling off the gambit. Her voice, with a bright top, solid middle, but relatively frail bottom, seems best suited for light-lyric roles, which makes her a better Susanna than Cherubino a part invariably given to a mezzo or ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
Here's a clever scheme: Record all the soprano arias, for each of the female roles, from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. It's a daring project, one that requires a singer with a voice that can stretch to meet a range of dramatic and technical requirements. Andrea Rost, the Hungarian soprano with a flourishing career and several recordings to her credit, certainly deserves points for bravery, and happily, she also largely succeeds in pulling off the gambit. Her voice, with a bright top, solid middle, but relatively frail bottom, seems best suited for light-lyric roles, which makes her a better Susanna than Cherubino a part invariably given to a mezzo or Countess, although Rost's brighter-than-usual voice in the latter role allows a fresh perspective, reminding us that even if she's married, the Countess is far from matronly. And if Cherubino's arias lack the adolescent fervor they typically display, Susanna's "Deh, vieni" is touchingly rendered, and it's a pleasure to hear Marcellina's "Il capro e la capretta," which is usually omitted in staged performances. In the Don Giovanni arias, Rost is generally more persuasive, effectively putting across Donna Elvira's indignant anger and Donna Anna's hopeful devotion, though the challenging coloratura of Donna Anna's great second aria is a struggle for her. With Zerlina, however, Rost is most convincing; her two arias demonstrate the best fit on the disc between singer, music, and character. Still, there's a certain feeling of sameness that creeps in by the program's end -- par for the course, perhaps, and a only a slight drawback on a disc that successfully pairs one soprano's love of Mozart with the composer's celebrated flair for the female voice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 825646203024
  • Catalog Number: 62030
  • Sales rank: 374,357

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Walther Durr (2:54)
  2. 2 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Walther Durr (3:11)
  3. 3 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Walther Durr (2:42)
  4. 4 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Venite, inginocchiatevi - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Walther Durr (2:56)
  5. 5 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: E Susanna non vien!...Dove sono i bei momenti - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Walther Durr (6:18)
  6. 6 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: L'ho perduta...me meschina - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Walther Durr (1:47)
  7. 7 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Il capro e la capretta - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Walther Durr (3:56)
  8. 8 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Giunse alfin il momento...Deh, vieni, non tardar - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Walther Durr (4:20)
  9. 9 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Ah fuggi il traditor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Lindsay Craig (1:12)
  10. 10 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Or sai chi l'onore - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Lindsay Craig (2:44)
  11. 11 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Batti, batti, o bel Masetto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Lindsay Craig (3:53)
  12. 12 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Vedrai, carino - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Lindsay Craig (3:15)
  13. 13 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: In quali eccessi, o Numi...Mi tradi quell'alma ing - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Lindsay Craig (5:52)
  14. 14 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Crudele?...Non mi dir, bell'idol mio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Lindsay Craig (6:27)
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Andrea Rost Primary Artist
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