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Mozart: Arias / Kozena, Rattle, et al

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, K 505
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La Clemenza de Tito
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Idomeneo, rè di Creta, opera, K. 366
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Vado, ma dove?, K 583
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Alma grande e nobil core, KV 578
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Notes & Reviews:

Magdalena Kozena's first all-Mozart album-and her first album in collaboration with partner Sir Simon Rattle-stands out as one of the highlights of 2006's Mozart Anniversary celebrations. Magdalena is a natural Mozart singer, garnering rave reviews and enchanting audiences wherever she performs Mozart on stage. This album is a collection of some of Mozart's finest arias for female voice, mostly for mezzo-soprano but Magdalena also taps her soprano potential with arias including Vitellia's 'Non piu di fiori' from 'La Clemenza di Tito.'

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
'Singing Mozart is second nature to her,' enthuses Rattle of Magdalena KoOená. 'Each woman on each track is a completely distinct personality.' Promotional hype? Well, in hyper-Beckmesserish mode you could say her legato in 'Per pietà' is not quite seamless, the tempo for 'Deh vieni' a touch too jaunty. But this is barrel-scraping. If anyone has recorded a lovelier Mozart recital in recent years, we've yet to hear it. In her early thirties, KoOená is now consummate mistress of her art. Her liquid high mezzo, with its easy upward extension, combines warmth with the bloom and freshness of youth, while her coloratura, on display in 'Al desio di chi t'adora', is as brilliant and expressive as Bartoli's, yet without the Italian diva's intrusive aspirates. Beyond this, Rattle's claim is hard to refute.

Cherubino (whose 'Voi che sapete' is sung in an embellished version published in 1810) and Dorabella (a blithe, flighty 'È amore un ladroncino') are the only roles here in KoOená's stage repertoire. But she 'lives' each of these wide-ranging characters intensely, from the remorseful Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito (sorrow etched into the texture of her voice) via the tenderness and anguish of Ilia in Idomeneo to a delightfully sly, knowing Despina. The vivid, tangy accompaniments from Rattle and the OAE go well beyond mere good style, with a classy basset-horn obbligato from Anthony Pay in the Vitellia aria. Fortepianist Jos van Immerseel is an equally sympathetic partner in an impassioned yet intimate performance of Ch'iomi scordi di te.



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 :: Recitative and Aria. Giunse alfin il mom
  • Performers: Jos van Immerseel [Harpsichord/Conductor] (Fortepiano); Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 :: Arietta. Voi che sapete che cosa è amor
  • Performers: Jos van Immerseel [Harpsichord/Conductor] (Fortepiano); Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, K 505
  • Performers: Jos van Immerseel [Harpsichord/Conductor] (Fortepiano); Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 10 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588 :: Aria. In uomini, in soldati
  • Performers: Jos van Immerseel [Harpsichord/Conductor] (Fortepiano); Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588 :: Recitative and Rondo. Ei parte... Senti!... Ah, no! Per pietà, ben m
  • Performers: Jos van Immerseel [Harpsichord/Conductor] (Fortepiano); Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588 :: Aria. E amore un ladroncello
  • Performers: Jos van Immerseel [Harpsichord/Conductor] (Fortepiano); Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La Clemenza de Tito :: Rondo. Non piú di fiori vaghe catene
  • Performers: Jos van Immerseel [Harpsichord/Conductor] (Fortepiano); Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Notes: Composition written: 1791.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Idomeneo, rè di Creta, opera, K. 366 :: Recitative and Aria. Quando avran fine omai. Padre, germani, a
  • Performers: Jos van Immerseel [Harpsichord/Conductor] (Fortepiano); Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Notes: Composition written: 1781.
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1781

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Vado, ma dove?, K 583
  • Performers: Jos van Immerseel [Harpsichord/Conductor] (Fortepiano); Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 :: Aria. Non so piú cosa son, cosa faccio
  • Performers: Jos van Immerseel [Harpsichord/Conductor] (Fortepiano); Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Alma grande e nobil core, KV 578
  • Performers: Jos van Immerseel [Harpsichord/Conductor] (Fortepiano); Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 :: Recitative and Aria. Giunse alfin il mom
  • Performers: Jos van Immerseel [Harpsichord/Conductor] (Fortepiano); Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786