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A really perverse Marriage

This is indeed one of Mozart's finest works, but the performance and ITunes production are a mess. First, this is a really slow performance. I generally admire Harnoncourt's work, but here he is being different for the sake of being different. The music should sparkle, here it sinks. A pity since the vocal contributions are beautiful. But, even the singers have trouble keeping a phrase going given the tempos. Also, the tracks each have a brief but annoying pause and some are cut off. Take a pass. If you want, listen to the Overture, the rest is as ponderous.

Not your Grandmother's Figaro

Even though many people have bashed this CD, I see it as a total reworking of an old classic. Figaro is one of those works that is always played happily and with fast bubbling tempi- but Maestro Harnoncourt has a different plan. He takes everything very slow- but every tempo has a meaning (not like Bohm where everything is slow.) Harnoncourt has a plan for every note. It takes about 3 hrs and 45 mins to do so- so this Figaro is not a beginners course. The singing is unparalled. Special praise should go to the Countess, Dorothea Roschmann- for her expressive singing and wonderful tone; the Cherubino, Christine Schafer- for her youthful voice and slender timbre; and The Marcellina, Marie McLaughlin- for a wonderful interpretation of an often overcaricaturized character. And added bonus, we get Marcellina and Basilio's often cut 4th act arias- artfully and flawlessly sung by McLaughlin and Tenor Patrick Henckens. The Vienna Phil. is at its best of course and Harnoncourt draws some beautiful sounds out of the age-old ensemble. Buy without reservation if you want to hear a new reworking of an old classic that is perhaps overdone- you'll be happy. But remember beginners beware this Figaro is for seasond veterans of the work only. For beginners I suggest John Eliot Gardiner's version on Archiv with the splendid Hillevi Martinpelto as the Countess.

One of Mozart's best works

The Marriage of Figaro is a marriage of Beaumarchais' witty, satirical play about the foibles of lovers and the presumptions of class, with the witty music of Mozart at his most lyrically beautiful, the marriage perfectly brokered by the libretto of da Ponte. This edition is quite well done. Sonically is is very high quality, and the performances are quite good by the soloists as well as the Vienna Phil. accompaning.


Born: September 18, 1971 in Krasnodar, Russia

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Anna Netrebko earned international acclaim in both the opera world and the German pop charts for her highly controlled, crystal-clear soprano voice and her charismatic stage presence. Netrebko was born in Krasnodar, Russia, on September 18, 1971. She attended the Conservatory of St. Petersburg, where she worked as a floor cleaner in her spare time. It was in virtue of her custodial work, not to mention her vocal talent, that she attracted the attention of conductor Valery Gergiev. He became her mentor,...
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