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Erich Kleiber's 1955 Vienna Figaro marked the first complete recording of what is arguably Mozart's greatest opera. What a performance! Cesare Siepi and Alfred Poell bring Figaro and the Count, respectively, to life, and play off each other, as do the female principals. Hilde Gueden's sweet and straightforward Susanna stands out, along with Fernando Corena's deliciously idiomatic Bartolo (his is still the best Act I Vengeance aria on disc). Kleiber's well-drilled Viennese musicians are an integral part of the ensemble. The legendary conductor's sense of proportion, transition, and rightness of tempo still rings true after all these years. Though the sound may not match contemporary Figaro traversals on CD, musicmaking on this level will never grow old. In sum, a landmark in the annals of Mozart recordings and interpretation. --Jed Distler


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  1. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - OvertureErich Kleiber 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 1 - "Cinque... deci... venti..." - "Cosa stai misurando"Hilde Gueden 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 1 - "Se a caso Madama la notte ti chiama"Hilde Gueden 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 1 - Bravo, signor padrone...Se vuol ballare...Ed aspettasteFernando Corena 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 1 - "La vendetta" - "Tutto ancor non ho perso"Hilde Rössel Majdan 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 1 - "Via resti servita" - "Va là, vecchia pedante"Hilde Rössel Majdan 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 1 - Non so più...Ah, son perduto!Murray Dickie 5:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 1 - Cosa sento!...Basilio, in traccia tosto...GiovaniWiener Staatsopernchor10:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Act 1 - "Non più andrai"Erich Kleiber 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 2 - Porgi amor...Vieni, cara SusannaLisa Della Casa 8:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 2 - "Voi che sapete" - "Bravo! che bella voce!"Lisa Della Casa 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 2 - Venite! Inginocchiatevi...Quante buffonerie!Lisa Della Casa 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 2 - "Che novità!"Lisa Della Casa 1:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 2 - "Susanna, or via, sortite" - "Dunque, voi non aprite"Lisa Della Casa 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 2 - "Aprite, presto, aprite" - "O guarda il demonietto!"Hilde Gueden 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 2 - "Tutto è come io lasciai"Lisa Della Casa 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 2 - "Esci, ormai, garzon malnato" - "Susanna!... Signore!"Lisa Della Casa 8:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 2 - "Signore, di fuori" - "Ah! signore... signor!"Lisa Della Casa 9:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 2 - "Voi signor, che giusto siete"Murray Dickie 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 3 - "Che imbarazzo è mai questo" - "Via, fatti core"Lisa Della Casa 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 3 - "Crudel! perché finora" - "E perché fosti meco"Hilde Gueden 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 3 - Hai già vinta la causa!...Vedrò mentr'io sospiro...Fernando Corena 6:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 3 - "Riconosci in questo amplesso" - "Eccovi, o caro amico" - "Andiamo, andiam, bel paggio"Fernando Corena 6:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 3 - E Susanna non vien...Dove sono i biei momenti...IoLisa Della Casa 6:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 3 - Cosa mi narri!...Che soave zeffiretto...Piegato èWiener Staatsopernchor 7:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 3 - Ecco la marcia...Eh, già, solita usanzaWiener Staatsopernchor 6:22$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 4 - L'ho perduta...Barbarina, cos'hai?Hilde Rössel Majdan 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 4 - Il capro e la capretta...Nel padiglione a mancaMurray Dickie 5:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 4 - "In quegli anni in cui val poco"Murray Dickie 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 4 - "Tutto è disposto"Lisa Della Casa 5:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 4 - Giunse alfin il momento...Deh, vieni, non tardar...Lisa Della Casa 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 4 - Pian pianin le andrò più presso...Tutto è tranquilloLisa Della Casa11:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 4 - "Gente, gente, all'armi"Murray Dickie 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 10, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000JXZB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,791 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sheng-chi Shu on July 4, 2000
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Erich Kleiber's 1955 Decca recording has stood the test of time as one of the truly great classics of the grammophone. No other conductor, except perhaps Karl Bohm, approaches the old maestro in the near-ideal marriage of dramatic thrust and humour. Kleiber, more than any other maestro, brings out the warm humanity of the score and the intimate, household spirit and gaiety of the Almaviva household, yet manages at the same time to keep up the momentum of an intensifying drama. The great Act II and IV finales serve as templates for Kleiber's superb mastery. The cast is one that could be found performing Figaro on a particularly good night at the Vienna State Opera in the 1950s. It consists of some of the best Mozart singers of the time. Caesare Siepi is a dark and virile Figaro, intelligently characterized and well-contrasted with the menacing authority of Alfred Poell's Count Almaviva. On the downside, I have to say that Siepi's voice colour is a bit too dark and Poell sounds rather aged when compared to Thomas Allen on the 1981 Solti recording. There are also pros and cons for the trio of female principals: Lisa Della Casa's voice is a bit shrill and undernourished, yet she illuminates the score as well as any and there are moments of breathtaking beauty, such as the letter duet with Susanna in Act III. Hilde Gueden's Susanna is both scheming and kittenish, very much a Viennese soubrette. Her warm, golden tone certainly has its appeals. She is constantly at the centre of the drama despite some unsteady moments, especially in her Act IV aria. Suzanne Danco's Cherubino is admittedly too girlish and the character she projects is rather cool and unendearing, even though she sings all her music spot-on.Read more ›
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 2000
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At mid-price, this would be an excellent choice for anyone looking for a first recording of this greatest of all operas. Its main strength is the conducting of Erich Kleiber, who paces the opera beautifully, understands both the light and serious side of Mozart and Da Ponte's comedy, and gets great playing from an orchestra that could often be slovenly under less inspired conductors. On the other hand, Kleiber must be faulted for refusing to allow any appogiaturas in the recitatives or the arias: This isn't a question of "authenticity," but simply of the fact that Mozart expected appogiaturas to be used and that many of the lines would sound more assertive and interesting if they were used. (To be fair to Kleiber, he's hardly the only conductor to suffer from a misguided "come scritto" approach to the score.)
Though this is often spoken of as the apotheosis of the "Vienna Mozart Style" of the '50s, the great performances in this cast come from the two Italians: Cesare Siepi is just about perfect as Figaro--doing justice to this character's sense of humor and his rebellious anger--and Fernando Corena relishes the patter sections as few portrayers of Bartolo have ever done. The rest of the cast is uneven. A major problem is with the Germanic pronunciation of Italian-- "qvi, qva, qvesto," that sort of thing-- which doesn't do justice to Da Ponte's great lyrics. Hilde Gueden was a great and acclaimed singer, but her portrayal of Susanna somehow seems a bit one-dimensionally light, without the complexity brought to the part by some other singers who have recorded the role (notably Mirella Freni for Colin Davis and Nuccia Focile for Charles Mackerras).
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By smarmer on December 29, 1999
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Well, the two previous reviewers have given intelligent and thoughtful comments. What can I add? The performance of this magnificent opera which I listen to the most is by Giulini. Many critics find it too serious, but it has a great combination of fine singing, sensitive conducting, and decent sound. Kleiber's recording does suffer in the sound quality, as do many historic recordings of the period. However, music has always been more important to me than sound. As such I value the great conducting and depth of interpretation this version offers. Kleiber's singers are wonderful, especially Siepi. But it is his interpretation that makes this recording so special. How should one approach Figaro? Who is the smarter one -- Susanna or Figaro? Is the Count really dangerous or just someone full of himself? Is the Countess aloof or heartsick? Does the switch in the second scene of Act 2 really fool anyone? Only Bruno Walter and Ezio Pinza in recordings from the 1940's match Kleiber's keen wit and light touch. This is one of the few Figaro's that has a sense of humor and in which Figaro and Susanna really seem to be having fun. There is nothing wrong with the Davis or Solti recordings. They are good enough choices for someone who must have modern sound. Actually, for digital sound I prefer the version with Gardiner on Archiv to either of those. Bryn Terfel and Rodney Gilfry are outstanding. But no one who loves this opera deeply should overlook the virtues of this version by Kleiber. You'll get a much clearer view of Mozart's and Da Ponte's sense of humor by listening to this disc.
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