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Mozart: An Italian Journey
     

Mozart: An Italian Journey

by Jeremy Ovenden
 
The Italian journey referred to in the title of this release is Mozart's own life path, as heard in his Italian-language music. The organization of the program is chronological, which is novel for Mozart; the only concession to Mozart's early music is the placement of "Sposa cara," from "La finta, K. 51," second rather than first; Mozart wrote

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The Italian journey referred to in the title of this release is Mozart's own life path, as heard in his Italian-language music. The organization of the program is chronological, which is novel for Mozart; the only concession to Mozart's early music is the placement of "Sposa cara," from "La finta, K. 51," second rather than first; Mozart wrote this unperformed work when he was all of 12 years old. Even that aria can hold its own against other similar works of the period, and the remarkable aspect of the early operas is how mature, in musical language and dramatic perception, they often were. Heard in this way, the arias from later operas reveal connections to the earlier ones, and the place of Mozart within purely operatic traditions becomes clearer. The voice of British tenor Jeremy Ovenden is perfect for the range of material here; it's not a large instrument, but it seems to grow with the material, it's clear at the top, and he's admirably centered on the text. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Jonathan Cohen is similarly agile. A final bonus is present in the form of an unusual piece, "Misero! o sogno, K. 431," not an operatic aria but a free-standing work, composed for a Viennese tenor, that anticipates Beethoven's "Fidelio." A fine Mozart vocal album.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
Label:
Signum Uk
UPC:
0635212025123
catalogNumber:
251

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Tracks

  1. Il rè pastore, opera, K. 208: Act 2. Scene 4. Se vicendo
  2. La finta giardiniera, opera, K 196: Act 1. No. 3. Dentro il mio petto
  3. Il sogno di Scipione, opera, K. 126: Act 1. No. 7. Quercia annosa
  4. La finta semplice, opera, K. 51 (K. 46a): Act 2. No. 17. Sposa cara
  5. Lucio Silla, opera, K. 135: Act 1. No. 5. Il desio di vendetta
  6. La Clemenza di Tito, opera, K. 621: Act 2. No. 20. Se all'imperio
  7. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Act 2. No. 27. In qual fiero contrasto - Tradito,
  8. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Act 1. No. 17. Un'aura amorosa
  9. Idomeneo, rè di Creta, opera, K. 366: Act 2. No. 12. Fuor del Mar
  10. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. No. 22. Il mio tesoro
  11. Misero! o sogno...Aura che intorno spiri, recitative and aria for tenor & orchestra, K. 431 (K. 425b)
  12. Idomeneo, rè di Creta, opera, K. 366: Act 1. No. 6. Vedrommi intorno
  13. Il rè pastore, opera, K. 208: Act 2. Scene 10. Sol può dir
  14. Idomeneo, rè di Creta, opera, K. 366: Act 1. No. 7. Il padre Adorato

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