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Jubileum Mozart
     

Jubileum Mozart

 
Entitled Mozart Jubileum, this Ondine disc is a sort of Baltic Mozart's greatest hits compiled from six earlier releases on the Finnish label Ondine. That's alright: while the program is an unusual mixture of opera arias interspersed with movements excerpted from solo concertos, the strength of the performances makes the whole somehow

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Entitled Mozart Jubileum, this Ondine disc is a sort of Baltic Mozart's greatest hits compiled from six earlier releases on the Finnish label Ondine. That's alright: while the program is an unusual mixture of opera arias interspersed with movements excerpted from solo concertos, the strength of the performances makes the whole somehow greater than the sum of its parts. The performances are uniformly first rate, but some are better than others. Latvian mezzo soprano Elina Garanca's opening pair of Cherubino's arias from "Le nozze di Figaro" are delightfully seductive, but Finnish baritone Jorma Hynninen's following pair of Don Giovanni's arias from the opera of the same name are tremendously powerful. After Finnish clarinetist Kari Kriikku delivers a wonderfully poised performance of the central Adagio from the clarinet concerto, however, comes the true high point of the disc: Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski's breathtakingly beautiful and amazingly affecting performances of arias from "Zaide" and "Figaro." These are followed by Finnish baritone Tommi Hakala's characterful but not yet wholly mature performances of arias from "Figaro" and "Così fan tutti." The disc closes with Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto's muscular but nevertheless charming performance of the complete "Fourth Violin Concerto" with pianist-cum-conductor Olli Mustonen leading the Tapiola Sinfonietta. As a musical calling card for the performers and as a disc highlighting a Baltic view of Mozart, this disc is a complete success, particularly in Ondine's fresh and natural sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2006
Label:
Ondine
UPC:
0761195107829
catalogNumber:
1078

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Tracks

  1. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Cherubinon aaria ooperasta. Non so più cosa son, c
  2. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Cherubinon aaria ooperasta. Voi che sapete
  3. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Don Giovannin aaria ooperasta. Deh vieni alla fine
  4. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Don Giovannin aaria ooperasta. Fin ch'han dal vino
  5. Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622: 2. Adagio
  6. Zaide, opera, K. 344 (K. 336b): Zaiden aaria ooperasta. Ruhe sanft, meinholdes Leb
  7. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Kreivittären aaria ooperasta. E Susanna non vien!.
  8. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Kreivi Almavivan aaria ooperasta. Hai gia vinta la
  9. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Guglielmon aaria ooperasta. Rivolgete a lui lo sgu
  10. Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218

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