- Performer: Edith Mathis, Hermann Prey, Peter Lagger, Tatiana Troyanos, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
- Orchestra: Deutschen Oper Berlin
- Conductor: Karl Bohm
- Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Audio CD (May 16, 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Deutsche Grammophon
- ASIN: B000001GDO
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Le Nozze Di Figaro
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So why only four stars when the women's singing is clearly five and beyond? Well; Böhm's conducting, while elegant and detailed, does not quite have the drive, zip and tingle which Solti or Karajan inject into this music; you can hear that from the start in the neatly negotiated overture. Secondly, the men are not up to the same standard as the women: Hermann Prey has a rather plaintive, over-refined sound for the working-class hero Figaro and could do with a bit more backbone; compared with the best, Peter Lagger is distinctly workaday and lacks the rolling relish a really fruity bass confers upon the role of Bartolo, while D-F-D's dry tone is hardly impressive as he barks his way through the Count's coloratura at the end of "Vedrò, mentr'io sospiro" and I note that in the highlights disc his contribution is restricted to that one aria and his part in the Finale, while the ladies are rightly given the lionesses' share and room is found even for Barbarina's arietta, prettily trilled by Barbara Vogel.Read more ›
Anyway, so since the acting doesn't matter too much on a highlights version I won't get into that. The singing is very good, in fact I think it's probably the best version of Figaro out there. The only exception is in regards to Gundula Janowitz's performance of Dove Sono, which seems to be very ill-suited to her voice. The rest of her part is done beautifully. I also think it's sad that Marcellina's aria was left off, since that is always one of my favorite songs and I will never intentionally buy a recording where it has not been included, but due to how frequently it gets cut, I am not surprised.
Anyway, I recommend the highlights version if you are after something you can listen to in the car and don't want to bother with a full three disc set. For all other purposes I would advise you to track down the full-length recording, which is definitely worth it.
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This is a wonderful recording and happens to be the one that was used in the movie "The Shawshank Redemption". It's great!Published 8 days ago by Kristine
But very good indeed. It contains the song I was looking for but they are all small samples of songs. Still, I enjoy this one and would not give it up.Published on April 28, 2014 by Egghead-8
I chose this story because of the meaninful conflict. Besides the superb acting by all involved, the song by Figaro has blessed me many times.... Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by Doug Sterling
I was requesting the aria from Shawshank Redemption...but not to be heard on this specific cd. So unhappy!!! Good selections but not what it WAS suppose to be. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by chancie gyrl
as many of the others...because that one song that echoed over the courtyard of Shawshank Prison grabbed me. So, I looked in the credits and discovered this. Read morePublished on March 6, 2006 by J.B.