Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (1991)
by Christina Clarke (vocals), Clifford Grant (vocals), David Lennox (vocals), Felicity Palmer (vocals), Ingvar Wixell (vocals), Jessye Norman (vocals), John Constable (harpsichord), Lillian Watson (vocals), Maria Casula (vocals), Mirella Freni (vocals)
This is a time-tested recording of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, reissued as part of Philips' reasonably priced Trio series. Over 30 years old at the ... Show synopsis This is a time-tested recording of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, reissued as part of Philips' reasonably priced Trio series. Over 30 years old at the time of this release, and perhaps not among the best available when it was new, Colin Davis' 1971 performance is still a respectable entry in the catalog of Figaro recordings. Davis deserves a lot of the credit, since the reasonably brisk tempos, well-textured ensembles, and clean orchestral playing align this performance with the lighter, more stylistically informed trends of the 1980s and 1990s, rather than the sometimes ponderous and indulgent 1960s. Not that this would ever be mistaken for a "period" performance, mind you -- among other things, there is far more use of rubato and vocal portamento than you'd be likely to hear now. But the music making does not sound dated. The cast members are well matched to their roles: Vladimiro Ganzarolli is a gruff-voiced and game Figaro who captures the spirit of his conflict with the Count perfectly, even if he...
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