Notes & Reviews:
International Record Review, June 2012
The Staatsoper orchestra is at its most technically brilliant and tonally scrumptious...Onstage the linchpin is the lovable Cotrubas, unfailingly resourceful and in wonderful voice...The Almavivas offer instruments rather more powerful than is usual in these roles...Among the others, there is above all von Stade...her Voi che sapete is simply perfection - possibly the finest in the entire Figaro discography.
The Guardian, 15th August 2012
Karajan's approach is, as you'd expect, carefully moulded. But some of his tempi are surprisingly fast - the beginning of the second-act finale has a wonderfully light touch, for instance - though wit and spontaneity are in short supply.