[ Harmonia Mundi / 9 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Friday 26 October 2018
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Prima la musica e poi le parole? In his traversal of the Mozart operas with librettos by Da Ponte, René Jacobs has championed an approach which 'contrasts above all with the style that began to determine our listening habits in the first half of the twentieth century.... I am convinced that we must first of all eliminate, or at least clean up, the retouching applied in the nineteenth century in order to allow the original colours to re-emerge', as he explained at the time of the release of Così fan tutte. Whether in terms of his choice of instruments, recitative delivery, or vocal ornamentation, his readings aim to restore to opera buffa and to dramma giocoso their very essence: namely, their theatricality.
This set includes nine CDs plus a data disc featuring PDFs and a realm of additional information.
Included in this set:
Cosi Fan Tutte
Le Nozze di Figaro
"If Jacobs is hardly the first modern conductor to present the opera in its 'original colours', his Don Giovanni is among the liveliest and most enjoyable on offer. It is certainly one of the most brilliantly played. The Freiburg band, forwardly balanced, are eager, involved participants in the drama...few could deny the zest, sweep and sheer theatrical charge of this recording." [Don Giovanni] (Gramophone Classical Music Guide)
"Jacobs is freer over tempo than most conductors...The cast is excellent. Véronique Gens offers a beautifully natural, shapely 'Porgi amor' and a passionate and spirited 'Dove sono'...Regazzo offers a strong Figaro, with a wide range of voice...Then there's Angelika Kirschlager's Cherubino, alive and urgent in 'Non so più', every little phrase neatly moulded...Strongly cast, imaginatively directed: it's a Figaro well worth hearing." [Le nozze di Figaro] (Gramophone Classical Music Guide)
"Regazzo's brilliant diction and timing put him in the first rank…Pendatchanska's Elvira seemed in each of her appearances like a Fury descending not only on Giovanni, but on all the other characters too." [Don Giovanni] (Opera)
"This new recording from harmonia Mundi is an excellent introduction to the work, and will be welcomed by seasoned collectors, as well. René Jacobs leads Concerto Koln in a stylish, spirited performance.
The entire HM package is a treasure - musically thrilling, intellectually stimulating, and best of all, genuinely entertaining." [Cosi fan Tutte] (Absolute Sound)
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492
Simon Keenlyside (Count), Véronique Gens (Countess), Patrizia Ciofi (Susanna), Lorenzo Regazzo (Figaro), Angelika Kirchschlager (Cherubino), Marie McLaughlin (Marcellina)
Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527
Johannes Weisser (Don Giovanni), Lorenzo Regazzo (Leporello), Alexandrina Pendatchanska (Donna Elvira), Olga Pasichnyk (Donna Anna), Kenneth Tarver (Don Ottavio), Sunhae Im (Zerlina), Nikolay Borchev (Masetto), Alessandro Guerzoni (Il Commendatore)
Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588
Véronique Gens (Fiordiligi), Bernarda Fink (Dorabella), Graciela Oddone (Despina), Werner Güra (Ferrando), Marcel Boone (Guglielmo), Pietro Spagnoli (Don Alfonso)