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Mozart: La clemenza di Tito / Jacobs, Im, et al

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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La Clemenza de Tito
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Notes & Reviews:

'La clemenza di Tito', was Mozart's last opera, commissioned for the coronation of Emperor Leopold II, King of Bohemia. Early Mozart scholars claimed he wrote the work in a mere eighteen days. Although it remained popular for many years after the composer's death, some Mozart scholars regarded 'La clemenza' as an inferior effort. "There have been other fine Clemenza's on the market...but this one beats them all for sheer drama. The singing is uniformly excellent...with this reading Jacobs makes all other recordings come in at least second." -ClassicsToday.com

Gramophone Magazine
It is good to read René Jacobs's passionate advocacy for Metastasio's dramaturgy; he openly acknowledges where he has taken some liberties with Mozart's score but it does not guarantee that all of his solutions are convincing, attractive or necessary. There are unequivocally good things on offer: Mark Padmore's smooth-toned Tito has unforced purity, his arias are eminently civilised and his two accompanied recitatives make the Emperor's anguish and inner conflict regarding his treasonous friend's fate transparent. Alexandrina Pendatchanska's dark timbre, dramatic conviction and ambitious ornaments in 'Deh se piacer mi vuoi' make her villainous Vitellia formidable... Bernarda Fink's plangent contributions capture Sesto's desperate struggle between honour and love.

The Independent
Utterly compelling...the lyricism and simplicity of the arias and choruses is unparalleled

Penguin Guide
A performance of extraordinary clarity and immediacy, at once sharp in attack, yet intimate too. Here the drama is vividly conveyed, with words crystal clear..The cast of principals is excellent, with Mark Padmore at once mellifluous and commanding as the Emperor, always imaginative and animated


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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La Clemenza de Tito
  • Performers: Marie-Claude Chappuis (Mezzo-soprano); Alexandrina Pendatchanska (Soprano); Sergio Foresti (Bass); Bernarda Fink; Sunhae Im (Soprano); Mark Padmore
  • Conductor: René Jacobs
  • Notes: Composition written: 1791.
  • Running Time: 86 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791