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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro Box set, Import

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René Jacobs has done it again. Following on the heels of his superb Cosi fan tutte, he now offers a Nozze di Figaro which is alive and vibrant; it seems to be happening in real time. There's so little artifice in the characters' recitatives and the rhythm is so conversational that we get the impression of real people, in a real pickle of a situation. The singing/acting is stunning, with Simon Keenlyside's Count the best on CD (a dangerous man just in control of his anger), Veronique Gens' Countess girlish and womanly in equal measure, the Cherubino of Angelika Kirchschlager extraordinarily well sung and properly boyish, Patrizia Ciofi's Susanna witty and wise and Lorenzo Regazzo's Figaro slightly darker than others, but all the more interesting for it. Throughout, the pianoforte not only accompanies but acts as commentator on the action. I don't find it intrusive but some might. Jacobs' instrumentalists play with real energy and brightness. This is a performance which feels as if it's being seen as well as heard. Just grand. --Robert Levine


Disc: 1
1. Sinfonia
2. Cinque...Dieci...Venti
3. Cosa Stai Misurando
4. Se A Caso Madama
5. Or Bene Ascolta, E Taci
6. Se Vuol Ballare
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Disc: 2
1. Porgi, Amor
2. Vieni, Cara Susanna
3. Quanto Duomi, Susanna
4. Voi Che Sapete
5. Bravo! Che Bella Vove!
6. Venite Inginocchiatevi...
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Disc: 3
1. E Decisa La Lite
2. Riconosci In Questo Amplesso
3. Eccovi, O Caro Amico
4. E Susanna Non Vien!
5. Io Vi Dico, Signor
6. Su L'aria...
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Product Details

  • Performer: Veronique Gens, Patrizia Ciofi, Angelika Kirchschlager, Lorenzo Regazzo, Simon Keenlyside, et al.
  • Orchestra: Concerto Köln
  • Conductor: Rene Jacobs
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (May 11, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B0001HZ728
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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107 of 117 people found the following review helpful By gellio on May 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Unlike his Cosi the set does not include a special CD-ROM, but he includes so much written information explaining why he made the choices he made, such as ornamenation, while recording this great work.
I usually do not like period instrument recordings, but Jacobs makes a strong case for Mozart's works being presented this way. The Concerto Koln plays fantastically and the conducting is wonderful. His tempos are faster than most will be used to, but he provides evidence that Mozart himself preferred faster typos and also lets us know that Mozart left no metronome markings for Figaro, which is something I did not know. I think his faster typos make perfect sense, considering the action that is taking place on stage. For example, I have never understood a slow paced "Non so piu cosa son". Cherubino is a teenager who is in love and completely out of control. The text that is being sung also implies that a faster speed is appropriate. I am not talking patter fast, just faster than most conductors have given us. However, when times call for slow tempos, Jacobs delivers. I feel his conducting is near perfection.
Like his Cosi, he encourages ornamentation. However, his singers were provided with examples of aria ornamentation, from Figaro, before Mozart's death. Often times, I am anti-ornamentation because I feel singers go to far and basically ruin the piece rather than enhance it. However, the ornamentations on this recording are done beautifully and tastefully and certainly do enhance the work. The effect is marvelous in giving us something new and beautiful to listen to in an all familiar work. Most of the ornamentations are so small that they can be easily over looked.
The cast is exceptional. There is not one week link here, as fars as I am concerned.
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65 of 74 people found the following review helpful By gellio on May 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Reviews
The Times (9 Apr 2004)
"The wayward account of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro by René Jacobs... will keep you busy and amazed . Utterly exhilarating."
The Independent on Sunday (28 Mar 2004)
"Concerto Koln's playing is beautifully balanced, with an unusually dynamic fortepiano continuo. Of the cast, Keenlyside's Count is most interesting: properly threatening and pleasingly unpredictable. Though Jacobs's tempi verge on the breathless in some arias, his control of the ensembles is exhilaratingly tight. Not a quaver is lost, not a nuance ignored."
The Sunday Telegraph
"I learned to love and appreciate the opera afresh...This is a major issue, marvellously recorded."
The Sunday Times
"After his exhilarating Così five years ago, Jacobs delivers a fresh view of this much-recorded music. I haven't enjoyed a Figaro so much in years."
The Observer CD of the Week
"Keenlyside's robust Count is every inch a match for Regazzo's sonorously Italian Figaro, with Gens a sumptuous Countess and Ciofi a feisty Susanna. Throw in Kirchschlager's beguiling Cherubino, plus terrific ensemble support, and you have a racy, pacy, really thrilling new account of one of the greatest of all operas."
The Daily Telegraph CD of the Week
"This is an undeniably exciting, challenging Figaro, with a cast who works brilliantly as a team. Veronique Gens brings a mingled finesse and vulnerability to the Countess's music, while Simon Keenlyside's Count - truly formidable, yet capable of honeyed suavity - is as charismatic as any on disc.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dr Carl on May 29, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I am surprised to see how sharply this recording divides ciritical opinion. I think that any recording of Figaro, one of the greatest human (if not the absolutely greatest) achievements in comic opera is likely to divide opinion, but I feel that some of the reviewers may be taking excessively positive or negative views on this. I would, if I may, redress some of the balance by arguing that this is a good, and at times very good interpretation, even if in my view it is not one for REPEATED hearings. Jacobs is undouybtedly an outstanding musician who has offered us some of the greatest Mozart recordings, including his Cosi and Clemenza. His re-invention of the continuo parts, his agile but not rushed ensemble pieces and hisexcellent recording quality is all to the good. I would hate to be without this Figaro - yet, I do not find it the recording that gives me consistent pleasure. Why? First - the apoggiaturas. Jacobs in his essay offers a sound account that singers in Mozart's time concluded musical phrases by either rising the penultimate note a tone above the written not or, occasionally, by dropping it half a tone below. I can accept this - but not as a routine practice that ends up disfiguring every musical phrase. In fact, I would use Jacobs' own argument against wall-to-wall rubato against this wall-to-wall apoggiatura practice that he encourages his singers to do.

Two - the decorations. Again, Jacobs offers excellent evidence that Mozart wanted his singers to decorate repeats of arias, that few did it well and the majority did it badly. In the theatre, the audience is perfectly happy to forgive an 'unsuccessful' decoration, but not so on repeated hearings of an opera on cd.
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