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Le nozze di Figaro (Georg Solti recording)

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Le nozze di Figaro
File:Le nozze di figaro solti.jpg
Decca CD: 410 150 2
Studio album by
Georg Solti
Released1982
StudioKingsway Hall, London
GenreOpera
Length168:14
LanguageItalian
LabelDecca
ProducerChristopher Raeburn

Le nozze di Figaro is a 168-minute studio recording of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera, performed by a cast of singers headed by Sir Thomas Allen, Lucia Popp, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Sir Georg Solti. It was released in 1982.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

In accordance with the musicological consensus that held sway at the time of its making, the recording follows the traditional ordering of the numbers in the opera's third act, with the Countess's aria "Dove sono" placed after the sextet "Riconosci in questo amplesso".[2] Marcellina's and Basilio's arias, sometimes dropped, are both included.

The opera is performed with non-period instruments.

Recording[edit | edit source]

The album was digitally recorded in June and December 1981 in the Kingsway Hall, London.[1]

Packaging[edit | edit source]

The cover art shared by the LP, cassette and CD editions of the album is The Gardens of the Villa d'Este at Tivoli by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806), a painting in the Wallace Collection, London.[1]

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

Reviews[edit | edit source]

Maria Anna, Wolfgang and Leopold Mozart painted by Johann Nepomuk della Croce in 1780

The album was reviewed or discussed by Alan Blyth in Gramophone in November 1982,[3] by George Jellinek in the "Best Recordings of the Month" pages of Stereo Review in January 1983,[4] by J. B. Steane in Gramophone in April 1983[5] and by the audio expert Geoffrey Horn in Gramophone in April 1984.[6]

Accolade[edit | edit source]

In the year after its release, the album won the Grammy award for the best operatic recording of 1983.[7]

Track listing, CD 1[1][edit | edit source]

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

Le nozze di Figaro, opera comica in quattro atti (Vienna, 1786), K. 492, with a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte (1749-1838) after Pierre Beaumarchais (1832-1799)

  • 1 (3:51) Sinfonia

Act One

  • 2 (3:24) No. 1 Duetto (Figaro, Susanna): "Cinque...dieci...venti"
  • 3 (4:01) No. 2 Duetto (Figaro, Susanna): "Se a caso madama"
  • 4 (4:21) No. 3 Recitativo e cavatina (Figaro): "Bravo, signor padrone...Se vuol ballare"
  • 5 (3:47) No. 4 Aria (Bartolo): "La vendetta"
  • 6 (3:49) No. 5 Duetto (Marcellina, Susanna): "Via resti servita"
  • 7 (5:59) No. 6 Aria (Cherubino): "Non so più"
  • 8 (9:29) No. 7 Terzetto (Conte, Basilio, Susanna): "Cosa sento!"
  • 9 (3:33) No. 10 Aria (Figaro): "Non più andrai"

Act Two

  • 10 (9:09) No. 11 Cavatina (Contessa): "Porgi amor"
  • 11 (3:54) No. 12 Canzona (Cherubino): "Voi che sapete"
  • 12 (5:21) No. 13 Aria (Susanna): "Venite...inginocchiatevi

Track listing, CD 2[1][edit | edit source]

Act Two, continued

  • 1 (1:18) Recitativo (Conte, Contessa): "Che novità!"
  • 2 (3:49) No. 14 Terzetto (Conte, Contessa, Susanna): "Susanna or via sortite"
  • 3 (2:40) No. 15 Duettino (Susanna, Cherubino): "Aprite, presto, aprite"
  • 4 (7:41) No. 16 Finale, Part 1: "Esci, ormai, garzon malnato"
  • 5 (8:42) No. 16 Finale, Part 2: "Signori, di fuori son già"
  • 6 (3:46) No. 16 Finale, Part 3: "Voi signor, che giusto siete"

Act Three

  • 7 (2:30) Recitativo (Conte): "Che imbarazzo è mai questo"
  • 8 (3:30) No. 17 Duetto (Conte, Susanna) "Crudel! perchè finora"
  • 9 (6:48) No. 18 Recitativo ed aria (Conte): "Hai già vinta la causa!"
  • 10 (6:30) No. 19 Sestetto (Marcellina, Figaro, Bartolo, Curzio, Conte, Susanna): "Riconosci in questo amplesso"

Track listing, CD 3[1][edit | edit source]

Act Three, continued

  • 1 (7:33) No. 20 Recitativo ed aria (Contessa): "E Susanna non vien!...Dove sono"
  • 2 (7:23) No. 21 Recitativo e duetto (Contessa, Susanna): "Cosa mi narri...Che soave zefiretto"
  • 3 (5:58) No. 23 Finale: "Ecco la marcia"

Act Four

  • 4 (4:32) No. 24 Cavatina (Barbarina): "L'ho perduto"
  • 5 (5:22) No. 25 Aria (Marcellina): "Il capro e la capretta"
  • 6 (3:55) No. 26 Aria (Basilio) "In quegli anni"
  • 7 (4:45) No. 27 Recitativo ed aria (Figaro): "Tutto è disposto...Aprite un po' quegl'occhi"
  • 8 (5:14) No. 28 Recitativo ed aria (Susanna): "Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni, non tardar"
  • 9 (10:34) No. 29 Finale, Part 1: "Pian pianin le andrò più presso"
  • 10 (5:06) No. 29 Finale, Part 2: "Gente, gente, all' armi, all' armi"

Personnel[1][edit | edit source]

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Musical[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

  • Christopher Raeburn (1928-2009), producer
  • Michael Haas, assistant producer
  • John Dunkerley, engineer
  • Colin Moorfoot, engineer
  • Reg Wilson, photographer
  • Christina Burton, photographer
  • Stan Fellerman, photographer
  • J. Heffernan, photographer
  • Mike Evans, photographer
  • Patrick Lichfield, photographer

Release history[edit | edit source]

In 1982, Decca and London Records released the album as a quadruple LP with a libretto, translations and notes (catalogue numbers D267D4 in Europe and LDR 74001 in the US).[8][9] It was also issued on cassette (catalogue number Decca K26742)[10]

In 1984, Decca and London issued the album as a triple CD (catalogue number 410 150 2) with a 368-page booklet including a libretto, translations and notes by Stanley Sadie.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Mozart, W. A.: Le nozze di Figaro, cond. Solti, Decca CD, 410 150 2, 1984
  2. Tyson, Alan: The Musical Times, July 1981
  3. Alan Blyth, Gramophone, November 1982, p. 627
  4. George Jellinek, Stereo Review, January 1983, p. 61
  5. J. B. Steane, Gramophone, April 1983, p. 1127
  6. Geoffrey Horne,Gramophone, April 1984, p. 1213
  7. https://www.grammy.com/grammys/artists/frederica-von-stade-0
  8. Mozart, W. A.: Le nozze di Figaro, cond. Solti, Decca LP, D276D4,1982
  9. Mozart, W. A.: Le nozze di Figaro, cond. Solti, London LP, LDR 74001, 1982
  10. Mozart, W. A.: Le nozze di Figaro, cond. Solti, Decca MC, K26742, 1982


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