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Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro / Spagnoli, Dasch, Joshua, Pisaroni, Kirchschlager, Pondjiclis, Svab, Jacobs/Concerto Köln [2 DVD]

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Recorded at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in June 2004, this Marriage of Figaro was unanimously acclaimed by public and critics alike as a Mozart opera landmark. Director Jean-Louis Martinoty brings an elegantly intelligent narrative sense to an interpretation in which the protagonists, against a backdrop of magnificent canvases of 18th-century inspiration, are dressed by Sylvie de Segonzac in a palette in which every shade is perfect. Hans Schavernoch's set suggests an elitist society that is coming apart at the seams. Rene Jacobs's conducting of Concerto Koln is meticulous and perfectly balanced, offering a ravishing use of tonal colour and orchestral dynamics. A veteran Almaviva, the excellent Pietro Spagnoli plays opposite Annette Dasch's vocally gorgeous Countess. As Figaro and Susanna, Luca Pisaroni and Rosemary Joshua are a truly sparkling couple, while mezzo Angelika Kirchschlager embodies a divinely troubled Cherubino. As if anyone needed reminding, Rene Jacobs' CD recording of the Marriage of Figaro received almost every possible honor - a 2005 GRAMMY Award for Best Opera, Gramophone Magazine's 2004 Record of the Year Award, Classic FM Magazine Very Best of 2004 Award, a ClassicsToday 10/10 and was on year-end best lists in The Guardian, The Times, The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph and other newspapers around the world.

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Run Time: 182 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, Color
Country of Origin: USA


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