- Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
As on his critically praised recording of Mozart's Così fan tutte and, indeed, his many recordings of Baroque operas, René Jacobs employs a period instrument orchestra and a historically informed interpretive approach on this outstanding Le Nozze di Figaro. The resulting unusual tempos, sparkling orchestral playing, and ornamented recitatives all ring true, but of even greater consequence is the performance's dramatic authority. From the opening scene, where Figaro and his bride-to-be prepare their nuptial bed, to the heartrending finale, with its themes of love and forgiveness, Jacobs doesn't make a wrong move -- which really shouldn't surprise, as the conductor cut his teeth as an opera singer. As for the cast, again we have a youthful, characterful group of singers. Few of the names are particularly well known, but what a well-balanced quintet of principals they make, and this is an opera whose great glory lies in its ensembles. The recording is very well balanced, too, providing a naturalness that's realistically theatrical. Enthusiastically recommended.
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In a world that has a plethora of good "Figaro" recordings, it is nice to have one that rises to the top at the level of the Solti recording. Jacobs and his cast do a wonderful job of capturing the humor in da Ponte's words, and the playfulness in Mozart's music. While the entire cast bring the immediacy and sparkle of a staged production, Keenlyside's smooth baritone shines through as the voice to listen to. His mellow tones and charismatic presence bring a very seductive nobility to the role. This Figaro deserves a place on anyone's shelf. The sound quality is excellent, the conducting crisp and vibrant, and the singing...well, not only does everyone have a marvelous voice, but the were also encouraged to ACT while they were singing! A rare thing in opera! Deffinitely a must own!