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Mozart Operas (Le nozze di Figaro / Don Giovanni / Così fan tutte / Die Zauberflöte) / The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra & Chorus / Arnold Östman Box set

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These Pioneering Performances of Four of Mozart's Greatest and Most Popular Operas under the Direction of Arnold Östman were Recorded at Nacka Aula, Stockholm. They all Attracted Great Critical Acclaim at the Time of their Original Release and have Been a Part of Decca's Vast Opera Catalogue Ever Since. The Da Ponte Trilogy (One of the Greatest Librettist/Composer Collaborations in the Entire History of Music), Comprising Le Nozze Di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così Fan Tutte, is Paired with One of Mozart's Last Operas, Dating from the Last Year of his Life, Die Zauberflöte. The Superb Casts Assembled for These Recordings Include Such Experienced Mozart Interpreters as Arleen Auger (Countess, Donna Anna), Barbara Bonney (Susanna, Zerlina, Pamina), Håkan Hagegård (Count, Don Giovanni, Speaker), Sumi Jo (Queen of the Night), Della Jones (Marcellina, Donna Elvira), Petteri Salomaa (Figaro), Kurt Streit (Tamino), Lillian Watson (Papagena), Gösta Winbergh (Ferrando), Rachel Yakar (Fiordilig

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Sinfonia
  2. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto promo. Cinque...Dieci...venti...
  3. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto promo. Se a caso madama
  4. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto promo. Se vuol ballare
  5. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto promo. La vendetta
  6. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto promo. Tutto ancor non ho perso...Via, resti servita
  7. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto promo. Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio
  8. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto promo. Cosa sento! tosto andate
  9. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto promo. Non più andrai
  10. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto secondo. Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro
  11. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto secondo. Voi che sapete
  12. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto secondo. Venite...inginocchiatevi
  13. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Appendices. Tutto ancor non ho perso...Signora mia garbata
  14. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Appendices. Un moto de goia

Disc: 2

  1. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Appendices. Susanna, or via, sortite
  2. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Appendices. Aprite, presto, aprite
  3. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Appendices. Esci, ormai, garzon malnato
  4. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Appendices. Signori, di fuori
  5. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Appendices. Ah! signor...signor
  6. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Appendices. Voi signor, che giusto siete
  7. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto terzo. Riconosci in questo amplesso
  8. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto terzo. E Susanna non vien!...Dove sono
  9. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Appendices. Aprite, presto, aprite
  10. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Appendices. E Susanna non vien!...Dove sono

Disc: 3

  1. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Appendices. lo vi dico, signor
  2. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Appendices. Sull'aria
  3. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Appendices. Ricevete, o padroncina
  4. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Appendices. Ecco la marcia
  5. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto quatro. L'ho perduta
  6. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto quatro. Il capro e la capretta
  7. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto quatro. In quegli anni
  8. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto quatro. Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni, non tardar
  9. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Atto quatro. Gente, gente, all'armi
  10. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Appendix. Giunse alfin il momento...Al desio di chi t'adora

Disc: 4

  1. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Ouvertura
  2. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Notte e giorno faticar
  3. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Leporello, ove sei?
  4. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Ma qual mai s'offre, o dei
  5. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Fuggi, crudele, fuggi!
  6. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Orsù, spicciati presto
  7. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Ah! chi mi dice mai
  8. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Chi è là?
  9. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Madamina! il catalogo è questo
  10. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. In questa forma dunque
  11. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Giovinette che fate all'amore
  12. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Ho capito, signor, si!
  13. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Alfin siam liberati
  14. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Fermati, scellerato!
  15. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Ah! fuggi il traditor!
  16. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Mi par ch'oggi il demonio si diverta
  17. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Non ti fidar, o misera
  18. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Povera sventurata!
  19. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Don Ottavio, son morta!
  20. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Or sai chi l'onore
  21. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Come mai creder deggio
  22. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. lo deggio, ad ogni patto
  23. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Finch'han dal vino
  24. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Masetto, senti un po'!
  25. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Batti, batti, o bel Masetto
  26. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. (Guarda un po'...)
  27. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. (Presto, presto, pria ch'ei venga...)
  28. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Protegga il giusto cielo
  29. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Riposate, vezzose ragazze!
  30. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto primo. Venite pur avanti

Disc: 5

  1. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Eh via, buffone
  2. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Leporello!
  3. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Ah! taci, ingiusto core
  4. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Amico, che ti par?
  5. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Deh, vieni alla finestra
  6. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Zitto! lascia ch'io senta
  7. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Ahi! ahi! la testa mia!
  8. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Vedrai, carino
  9. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Di molte faci lume
  10. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Sola, sola, in buio loco
  11. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Mille torbidi pensieri
  12. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Dunque quello sei tu
  13. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Ferma, perfido, ferma...
  14. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Il mio tesoro intanto
  15. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. O statua gentilissima
  16. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Calmatevi, idol mio
  17. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Crudele? Ah no, mio bene!
  18. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Non mi dir
  19. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Ah, si segua il suo passo
  20. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Già la mensa è preparata
  21. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Appendices. Dalla sua pace, K540a
  22. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Appendices. Per queste tue manine, K540b
  23. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Don Giovanni, a cenar teco
  24. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Atto secondo. Ah, dov'è il perfido?

Disc: 6

  1. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Atto primo. Scena 2. Aria. Vorrei dir, e cor non ho / Recitativo: Stelle! Per carità, signor Alfons
  2. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Atto primo. Scena 2. Quintetto. Sento, o Dio, che questo piede / Recitativo: Non piangere, idol mio
  3. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Atto primo. Scena 2. Duetto. Al fato dan legge / Recitativo: La commedia è graziosa
  4. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Atto primo. Scena 2. Coro. Bella vita militar! / Recitativo: non v'è più tempo

Disc: 7

  1. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Erster Aufzug. Hm! hm! hm!
  2. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Erster Aufzug. Du feines Täubchen, nur herein!
  3. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Erster Aufzug. Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen
  4. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Erster Aufzug. Zum Ziele führt dich diese Bahn


Product Details

  • Performer: Arleen Auger, Bryn Terfel, Sumi Jo, Petteri Salomaa, Hakan Hagegard
  • Orchestra: Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra
  • Conductor: Arnold Ostman
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • 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: Decca
  • ASIN: B00006IU7V
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on January 11, 2004
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Ostman created a stir when he made these recordings in the 1980s. And now it available in a collectors' edition box. I'm so excited. Sumi Jo's Queen of the Night here is even better than her recording for Solti. Ostman's Don Giovanni is the fastest I've ever heard, not to mention the most exciting. This Cosi Fan Tutte is Gramophone's reference Cosi. And this Figaro has many "alternative" arias that other recordings never bother with. Don't worry, the alternative is at the back so you can program it out. In fact, this is the only set of Mozart operas with ALL the alternative arias available. Even Gardiner does not have some of these. So this is a supreme set of importance.
I cannot recommend this too highly. Exciting performances now available in Decca's collectors' edition.
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First of all, I must state first that I was ANXIOUS to write this rave review. Ever since I got these cd's and realized the treause that is to be found in these recordings I just couldn't wait until I'd had the chance to tell everybody else about it... I honestly believe these recordings should be heard by anybody who is interested in this repertoire and music in general, since this are also some of the most perfect pieces of music in the repertoire.

As for the music itself, I am not going to write about. I think it is enough to read my last sentence to realize exactly what I think about it - and it is really just a must. That's composition taken to the highest possible level.

What I do want to write is about the performances.

Arnold Ostman, not the most known figure in the musical world, (not even amongst musicians- I come from Juilliard, and that name is definitely not one everybody knows) has created in the 80's in Mozart the equivalent of what Harnoncourt and Gardiner have done in Bach performance practice, i.e. has totally changed the conecption which was assimilated into everybody's mind regarding notions about how music of that era should sound like.

Trying to create a performance experience which emulates Mozart's period performance practice he changed everything starting from tempos, through ornamentation and of course- the voices themselves.

For us, most people indoctrinated by the post-romantisicm eastablished especially by Herbert von Karajan and the ilks of him, the first initial response will be a shock. The almost imperceptible swift tempos, the small voices etc. are sure to knock over anybody who haven't heard these recordings before.
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I would strongly recommend this collection to anyone who is seeking a new approach and sound world for these Mozart operas. Ostman opts for brisk tempi and transparent textures, but hardly ever at the expense of characterization or expressivity. The singers respond to the challenge with performances that bristle with excitement and fun. The cast blends with the orchestra like a chamber music ensemble, inspiring the listener to experience the opera as a conversation between the text and the intimations expressed in Mozart's musically and psychologically penetrating orchestration. Occasionally one may miss the lyric line and warmth associated with such great Mozart conductors as Bruno Walter or Karl Bohm; but the brio, virtousity, and brilliant insights of Ostman compensate with different kinds of rewards. Also, there is an intimate atmosphere in these recordings that is most faithful to the ethos and meaning of the libretti themselves. After listening to this period approach, my understanding of Mozart has changed radically, and I continue to relish the challenge that these performances have given to my interpretative sensibilities.
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A co-worker suggested this particular collection. She has it also. I figured studying opera while working towards her degree made her choices rather dependable. My father sang opera. I grew up listening to opera.I enjoy listening to this collection over and over again.
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