Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
This 1955 EMI recording of "Le nozze di Figaro" from the Glyndebourne Festival is deservedly a legendary account of the opera. Vittorio Gui's reading of the score is essentially conventional, in the best sense -- he avoids imposing interpretive eccentricities, and he allows the music and the drama to unfold naturally, while remaining constantly alert to the nuances of the score's details. He's working with a superb group of expert Mozart comedians, and he gives them the freedom and flexibility to shine both as individuals and in their ensembles. He's especially sensitive to the recitatives as vehicles to sharpen the individuality of the characters and advance the opera's...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
This 1955 EMI recording of "Le nozze di Figaro" from the Glyndebourne Festival is deservedly a legendary account of the opera. Vittorio Gui's reading of the score is essentially conventional, in the best sense -- he avoids imposing interpretive eccentricities, and he allows the music and the drama to unfold naturally, while remaining constantly alert to the nuances of the score's details. He's working with a superb group of expert Mozart comedians, and he gives them the freedom and flexibility to shine both as individuals and in their ensembles. He's especially sensitive to the recitatives as vehicles to sharpen the individuality of the characters and advance the opera's humor. The sense of camaraderie among the singers, most of whom had performed the opera at the festival, is evident in the naturalness and spontaneity of the repartee. Sesto Bruscantini brings a laid-back confidence to Figaro that pleasantly contrasts with the more manic interpretations that tend to characterize many performances; he is certainly not lacking in passion, but even "Se vuol ballare" has a relaxed assurance that he no doubt will be able to easily give the Count the comeuppance he deserves. Graziella Sciutti is an innocent but wise Susanna, and she radiantly sings. Risë Stevens sounds a little mature for Cherubino, missing the youthful vocal sheen that would be ideal for the role, but her characterization is vividly drawn. As the Countess, Sena Jurinac is piercingly sad in her moments of solitary reflection, and her vocal production is warm, rich, and subtly modulated. Franco Calabrese, the least well known of the principals, has a marvelously dark bass-baritone that gives the Count undeniable menace. The smaller roles are all splendidly taken; Monica Sinclair as Marcellina and Hugues Cuénod as Don Basilio are particularly effective and expressive. The Glyndebourne Orchestra and Chorus perform with graceful ease. The sound of the early stereo recording is surprisingly clean and vibrant. This admirable version deserves the attention of any fans of the opera.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • UPC: 724357384520
  • Catalog Number: 73845

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–59 Die Hochzeit des Figaro, opera, K 492 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Sesto Bruscantini (157:22)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byVittorio Gui
    Performed bySesto Bruscantini, Franco Calabrese, Hugues Cuénod, Peter Gellhorn, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra, Gwyn Griffiths, Vittorio Gui, Sena Jurinac, Daniel McCoshan, Graziella Sciutti, Jeannette Sinclair, Monica Sinclair, Risë Stevens, Ian Wallace
    1. 1Overture
    2. 2Act One: Cinque... Dieci... Venti
    3. 3Act One: Cosa Stai Misurando
    4. 4Act One: Se A Caso Madama
    5. 5Act One: Or Bene, Ascolta E Taci
    6. 6Act One: Bravo, Signor Pardone!... Se Vuol Ballare
    7. 7Act One: Ed Aspettaste Il Giorno
    8. 8Act One: La Vendetta, Oh, La Vendetta
    9. 9Act One: Tutto Ancor Non Ho Perso
    10. 10Act One: Via Resti Servita, Madama Brillante
    11. 11Act One: Va Là, Vecchia Pedante
    12. 12Act One: Non So Più Cosa Son, Cosa Faccio
    13. 13Act One: Taci, Vien Gente... Susanna, Il Ciel Vi Salvi
    14. 14Act One: Cosa Sento!
    15. 15Act One: Basilio, In Traccia Tosto Di Figaro Volate
    16. 16Act One: Giovani Liete, Fiori Spargete
    17. 17Act One: Cos'è Questa Commedia... Giovani Liete, Fiori Spargete
    18. 18Act One: Evviva! Evviva!
    19. 19Act One: Non Più Andrai, Farfallone Amorosa
    20. 20Act Two: Porgi, Amor' Qualche Ristoro
    21. 21Act Two: Vieni, Cara Susanna
    22. 22Act Two: Quanto Duolmi, Susanna
    23. 23Act Two: Voi, Che Sapete Che Cosa È Amor
    24. 24Act Two: Bravo! Che Bella Voce!
    25. 25Act Two: Venite, Inginocchiatevi
    26. 26Act Two: Quante Buffonerie!... Chi Piccahia Alla Mia Porta?
    27. 27Act Two: Che Novità!
    28. 28Act Two: Sussana, Or Via Sortite
    29. 29Act Two: Dunque Voi Non Aprite?
    30. 30Act Two: Aprite, Presto, Aprite... Oh, Guarda Il Demonietto
    31. 31Act Two: Tutto È Come Il Lasciai
    32. 32Act Two: Esci Omai, Garzon Malnato
    33. 33Act Two: Signore! Cos'è Quel Stupore?
    34. 34Act Two: Signore, Di Fuori
    35. 35Act Two: Conoscete, Signor Figaro
    36. 36Act Two: Ah! Signor! Signor!... Cosa È Stato?
    37. 37Act Two: Voi Signor, Che Giusto Siete
    38. 38Act Three: Che Imbarazzo È Mai Questo!... Via! Fatti Core
    39. 39Act Three: Crudel! Perché Finora Farmi Languir Così?
    40. 40Act Three: E Perché Fosti Meco Stamattina Si Austera... Ehi Susanna, Ove Vai?
    41. 41Act Three: Hai Già Vinto La Causa!... Vedrò, Mentr'io Sospiro
    42. 42Act Three: È Decisa La Lite
    43. 43Act Three: Riconosci In Questo Amplesso Una Madre
    44. 44Act Three: Eccovi, O Caro Amico, Il Dolce Frutto
    45. 45Act Three: E Susanna Non Vien!... Dove Sono
    46. 46Act Three: Cosa Mi Narri?
    47. 47Act Three: Sull'Aria. Che Soave Zeffiretto... Piegato È Il Foglio
    48. 48Act Three: Ricevete, O Padroncina
    49. 49Act Three: Queste Sono, Madama, Le Ragazze... Ecco La Marcia, Andiamo!
    50. 50Act Three: Amanti Costanti... Andate, Amici!... Amanti Costanti
    51. 51Act Four: L'Ho Perduta, Me Meschina!
    52. 52Act Four: Tutto È Disposto... Aprite Un Po' Quegl'Occhi
    53. 53Act Four: Signore! Ella Mi Disse Che Figaro Verravi
    54. 54Act Four: Giunse Alfin Il Moento... Deh, Vieni, Non Tardar
    55. 55Act Four: Perfida! E In Quella Forma Meco Mentia?
    56. 56Act Four: Pian, Pianin, Le Andrò Più Presso
    57. 57Act Four: Tutto È Tranquillo E Placido
    58. 58Act Four: Pace, Pace, Mio Dolce Tesoro
    59. 59Act Four: Gente, Gente, All'Armi!
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