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Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro / Bohm/VPO, Wixell, Watson, Grist, Berry [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

No other work written for the music theatre has been performed at the Salzburg Festival as often as 'Le Nozze di Figaro'. These performances in Salzburg were a task for great conductors, from Franz Schalk and Bruno Walter, Josef Krigs, Herbert von Karajan and Wilhelm Furtwangler to Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. It is, however, Karl Bohm above all others who deserves to be singled out, who over many years has had a formative influence on the musical image of this opera from Vienna and Salzburg to Munich and New York. To this day Karl Bohm's performances of 'Figaro' and 'Cosi fan tutte' remain a vivid memory, and his recordings have set a standard.

MusicWeb International
Of the Almavivas and their entourage, Claire Watson's warm-toned and womanly Countess comes over well. She finds no difficulty with the tessitura of her two big arias whilst bringing expression and feeling to the emotions they convey (DVD 1 CH.18 and DVD 2 CH.10). Ingvar Wixell sings strongly as the Count, albeit overshadowed a little by his servant in terms of vocal strength. That lovely Mozartian Edith Mathis, as the young buck Cherubino, looks a little too feminine of face. She sings her two arias with great beauty and acts the role convincingly, particularly after entering Susanna's room via a window (DVD 1 CH 11-17) and then having to hide herself as the Count arrives. She graces both arias with tonal beauty and phrasing too rarely heard these days.

Gramophone Magazine
Mathis acts well and phrases Voi che sapete to perfection.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 180 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Mono,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
  • Performers: Ingvar Wixell (Baritone); Claire Watson (Soprano); David Thaw (Tenor); Alfred Pfeifle (Tenor); Edith Mathis (Mezzo Soprano); Zoltan Kelemen (Bass); Klaus Hirte (Bass); Reri Grist (Soprano); Walter Berry (Bass); Margarethe Bence (Mezzo Soprano); Deirdre Aselford (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1786
  • Studio/Live: Live