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Le Nozze Di Figaro

4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Overture
  2. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Se a caso Madama la notte ti chiama
  3. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Se vuol ballare, signor Contino
  4. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: La vendetta, oh, la vendetta
  5. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio
  6. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non più andrai, farfallone amoroso
  7. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi, amor
  8. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete
  9. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Venite, inginocchiatevi
  10. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Vedrò, mentr'io sospiro
  11. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: E Susanna non vien!
  12. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Dove sono i bei momenti
  13. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Che soave zeffiretto
  14. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: L'ho perduta
  15. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Aprite un po' quegli occhi
  16. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Giunse alfin il momento
  17. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Deh vieni, non tardar
  18. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Gente, gente, all'armi, all'armi


Product Details

  • 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)

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By A Customer on August 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have never been so captivated by such music. While watching the film Shawshank Redemption, I recognized a piece called Sull'aria, I watched the credits carefully and tracked down the recording and found that this cd is the exact recording of that played on the film. I have always adored the sheer genius of Mozart, but this is truly Mozart at his best. People of all backgrounds, musical or non-musical will fall in love with the simplistic beauty of this music. I strongly encourage one to be exposed to this masterpiece, because it contains the most breathtaking sounds that you will ever hear.
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By trev on December 29, 2000
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After watching Shawshank Redemption I looked everwhere for this recording. This is some of the most emotionaly moving pieces of music I have ever heard. Im a 17 year old guy in a punk rock band, and I cried probably the hardest Ive ever cried in my life when listening to the duettino sull aria. Its one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard in my entire life. I cant imagine not having it.
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A Kid's Review on June 25, 2002
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This recording is fantastic. Bohm is a lively, exciting conductor who can also make one wet-eyed in the final scene. Prey has the perfect blend of mischievousness and richness of sound for Figaro's character, and he is well-matched by Edith Mathis as Susanna who is delightful and full-voiced. Gundola Janowitz as the Countess is also amazing, and her "Dove sono" is really moving. Fischer-Dieskau is a powerful Count, too. Troyanos (Cherubino) is beyond praise and her "Voi che sapete" ranks with Frederica von Stade. The sound quality is crisp and clear, and the selections are good, though I wish the sextet "Riconosci in questo amplesso" was included. In all, great!!!
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By A Customer on July 21, 2000
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When i need to put the world in perspective again, i put this cd on, lean back, and soak in the incredible talent of the performers on this cd. It is an excellent interpretation of mozart's genius. (Additionally, it's the only way to get my newborn to stop crying sometimes).
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Whether you buy the complete set or the highlights - both available absurdly cheaply in various incarnations - one thing is certain: you will be acquiring some of the best performances of the best arias and duets Mozart ever wrote for the female voice in the exquisite singing of the three great ladies here, Gundula Janowitz, Edith Mathis and Tatiana Troyanos, who compose a totally unbeatable trio. It is hard to mention this recording without some brief reference to the Letter Duet as featured in "The Shawshank Redemption" and I for one am delighted that it turned so many people onto opera. Besides, that track was selected for good reason: it's heavenly.

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.
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The duettino Sul Aria... on this recording is absolutely the best. I've heard dozens of recordings while trying to find this version. None comes even close to this. Buy it. You won;t regret it!
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I have both the highlights and the full recording of this version of Figaro. For some reason, though, Amazon doesn't seem to carry the full version, which is too bad. This is one of the few operas I actually think needs the recitiatives.
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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