Mozart Arias

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
As if being one of the brightest young stars on the opera scene weren't enough, Magdalena Kozená has also established herself as one of the premier artists of the 2006 Mozart anniversary year, following up her complete recording of La clemenza di Tito with this impressively varied recital of the composer's arias. The Czech mezzo's Mozart chops are implicitly acknowledged by her record label: While Deutsche Grammophon's recent Mozart Album compiled opera excerpts from several of its star singers including Anna Netrebko, only Kozená was given an entire Mozart album of her own. In purely artistic terms, the investment was sound. Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro has been...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
As if being one of the brightest young stars on the opera scene weren't enough, Magdalena Kozená has also established herself as one of the premier artists of the 2006 Mozart anniversary year, following up her complete recording of La clemenza di Tito with this impressively varied recital of the composer's arias. The Czech mezzo's Mozart chops are implicitly acknowledged by her record label: While Deutsche Grammophon's recent Mozart Album compiled opera excerpts from several of its star singers including Anna Netrebko, only Kozená was given an entire Mozart album of her own. In purely artistic terms, the investment was sound. Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro has been a signature role for the singer, but that character's two arias are overshadowed here by the maturity and grace of Susanna's "Deh vieni, non tardar" from the same opera. Just as endearingly, Kozená closes this album with one of the alternatives composed by Mozart for that aria, "Al desio di chi t'adora," which is especially flattering to the lively gleam in her voice. That's one of several replacement arias included here, sprinkling some refreshing novelty amid the more familiar tunes, as well as the concert aria "Ch'io mi scordi di te," where Kozená sustains a winning lyrical impulse on nearly epic proportions. She also stretches her mezzo range by taking on all three female roles from Così fan tutte; then, with equal conviction, she really bursts into soprano territory by tackling Vitellia's "Non più di fiori" from La clemenza di Tito. Gossip hounds will know that Kozená and conductor Sir Simon Rattle are one of classical music's power couples these days, but this collaboration -- their first on disc -- makes it clear that mixing the personal and the professional is paying dividends, not just for these artists but for all of their listeners too.
Gramophone - Richard Wigmore
[September 2006 CD of the Month] If anyone has recorded a lovelier Mozart recital in recent years, I've yet to hear it. In her early thirties, Kozená is now consummate mistress of her art.
Dallas Morning News - Lawson Taitte
[Grade: A] Ms. Kozena sings gorgeously on every number here.... The orchestral playing is so beautiful you'd want to hear it without the singing.
Classic FM Magazine - Emma Baker
[October 2006 Disc of the Month] A recital of depth and variety.... This disc is a great opportunity to hear Kozená in a sometimes unusual variety of Mozart arias, including those from roles that, although she may never perform on stage, she illuminates with her highly individual musicality.
The Guardian - Tim Ashley
[Kozená] reveals a staggering and unexpected flair for comedy. Her Dorabella is well nigh breathless with nervous excitement. Best of all is her Despina, pouring scorn on masculine pretensions with unashamed glee.

[Grade: A] Ms. Kozena sings gorgeously on every number here.... The orchestral playing is so beautiful you'd want to hear it without the singing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2006
  • Label: Archiv Produktion
  • UPC: 028947762720
  • Catalog Number: 000709902

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Recitative and Aria. Giunse alfin il momento. Deh - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jos van Immerseel (4:16)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Simon Rattle
  2. 2 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Arietta. Voi che sapete che cosa è amor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jos van Immerseel (3:06)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Simon Rattle
  3. 3 Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, recitative and aria for soprano, piano & orchestra, K. 505 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Gery Bramall (10:35)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Simon Rattle
  4. 4 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Aria. In uomini, in soldati - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Karl Dietrich Grawe (2:55)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Simon Rattle
  5. 5 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Recitative and Rondo. Ei parte... Senti!... Ah, no - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Karl Dietrich Grawe (9:32)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Simon Rattle
  6. 6 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Aria. È amore un ladroncello - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Karl Dietrich Grawe (3:12)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Simon Rattle
  7. 7 La Clemenza di Tito, opera, K. 621: Rondo. Non più di fiori vaghe catene - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jos van Immerseel (7:05)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Simon Rattle
  8. 8 Idomeneo, rè di Creta, opera, K. 366: Recitative and Aria. Quando avran fine omai. Padre - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Karl Dietrich Grawe (8:00)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Simon Rattle
  9. 9 Vado, ma dove?, aria for soprano & orchestra, K. 583 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jacques Fournier (4:28)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Simon Rattle
  10. 10 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Aria. Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jos van Immerseel (2:46)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Simon Rattle
  11. 11 Alma grande e nobil core, aria for soprano & orchestra, K. 578 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jacques Fournier (4:27)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Simon Rattle
  12. 12 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Recitative and Aria. Giunse alfin il momento. Al d - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jos van Immerseel (7:28)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted bySimon Rattle
    Performed byMagdalena Kozená, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Simon Rattle
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Magdalena Kozená Primary Artist
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