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Mozart: Opera Arias & Overtures / Elizabeth Watts, soprano; Christian Baldini, Scottish CO

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Idomeneo
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La clemenza di Tito
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La finta giardiniera
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has established impeccable Mozartian credentials with its award-winning discography, to which 'Mozart: Opera Arias and Overtures' is the latest addition. The SCO's previous forays into operatic repertoire (Handel with soprano Emma Bell and Mozart, Haydn & Cimarosa with baritone William Berger) have been highly critically acclaimed. This recording features a hand-picked selection of arias from six of Mozart's much-loved operas, alongside their respective overtures. The SCO's affinity with Mozart's music is demonstrated with perfect eighteenth-century style in the overtures; whilst the arias see the orchestra lend characterful support. Award-winning soprano Elizabeth Watts has performed in Don Giovanni at Covent Garden, Così fan tutte for Glyndebourne on Tour and Le nozze di Figaro for Santa Fe Opera and Welsh National Opera; she utilizes her experience to create memorable performances. A love of Mozart inspired conductor Christian Baldini to make music his career so it is fitting that his recording debut with the SCO features repertoire that is so close to his heart. With a voice described as 'one of the most beautiful Britain has produced in a generation' (IRR), Elizabeth Watts has established herself as 'one of the brightest new talents' (The Independent). Watts won the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Prize and the Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

The Observer, 28th June 2015
The glorious voice of Elizabeth Watts - now established as one Britain's leading sopranos - more than justifies the purchase price...Christian Baldini makes an impressive recording debut with the SCO, bringing real drive and focus to overtures.

Sunday Times, 14th June 2015
Watts is a rising British talent in this repertoire, but her Susanna and Ilia occasionally sound fierce. Her Zerlina is sweeter, and she hits form with Fiordiligi's Per pieta, from Cos8 fan tutte.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
Watts's lyric soprano has gradually ripened and deepened without losing its purity. With its admixture of mezzo warmth allied to secure, shining high notes, hers is now an ideal Fiordiligi voice. In 'Per pieta' her technical mastery (immaculate runs, precipituous leaps taken with poise) and urgency of feeling make one eager to hear her in the role on stage.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2015
This disc shows, and in supremely vivid sound, that a delightful light lyric soprano is on the cusp of becoming something greater... her discreet ornamentation, unforced tone and careful vocal emphasis all seem nigh on perfect.

Early Music Today, September - November 2015
Watts has put together a cracker of a programme ... the aria 'Cara tomba' is one of several hear-stoppingly beautiful moments on the disc. Watts, Cummings and the English Consort make an ideal partnership in what is one of the most thrilling albums of its kind I've heard in recent years; I can't recommend this recording highly enough.

America Record Guide, November/December 2015

America Record Guide, November/December 2015
Elizabeth Watts has a fine voice and she's a good stylist. She puts some fire into the recitatives that precede Fiordiligi's 'Per Pieta' and Ilia's 'Padre, Germani', but she's on the light side for the arias themselves. Zerlina and Susanna suit her better, and the voice sounds really lovely as it rolls up into the high phrases of Servilia's 'S'altro che Lacrime' from Tito. The sound is excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (06/03/2013-06/06/2013).



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro :: Overture
  • Conductor: Christian Baldini
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (06/03/2013-06/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro :: Giunse alfin - Deh vieni non tardar
  • Performer: Elizabeth Watts
  • Conductor: Christian Baldini
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (06/03/2013-06/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Idomeneo :: Overture
  • Conductor: Christian Baldini
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (06/03/2013-06/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1781

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Idomeneo :: Quanti mi siete intorno - Padre, germani, addio!
  • Performer: Elizabeth Watts
  • Conductor: Christian Baldini
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (06/03/2013-06/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1781

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Overture
  • Conductor: Christian Baldini
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (06/03/2013-06/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Batti, batti
  • Performer: Elizabeth Watts
  • Conductor: Christian Baldini
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (06/03/2013-06/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Vedrai, carino
  • Performer: Elizabeth Watts
  • Conductor: Christian Baldini
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (06/03/2013-06/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La clemenza di Tito :: Overture
  • Conductor: Christian Baldini
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (06/03/2013-06/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La clemenza di Tito :: S'altro che lacrime
  • Performer: Elizabeth Watts
  • Conductor: Christian Baldini
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (06/03/2013-06/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La finta giardiniera :: Overture
  • Conductor: Christian Baldini
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (06/03/2013-06/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La finta giardiniera :: Appena mi vedon
  • Performer: Elizabeth Watts
  • Conductor: Christian Baldini
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (06/03/2013-06/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Christian Baldini
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (06/03/2013-06/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588 :: Ei parte - Per pietà
  • Performer: Elizabeth Watts
  • Conductor: Christian Baldini
  • Notes: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK (06/03/2013-06/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790