Genre(s):
Opera
Period(s):
Classical (1750-1830)
Label:
Orfeo
Catalogue No:
C856123D
Barcode:
4011790856322
Release Date:
03/2017
Available Format(s):
CD

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro

Herbert von Karajan famously resigned as director of the Vienna State Opera in 1964, but in May 1977 he was persuaded to return for a handful of performances with the company. His restudied production of Verdi’s Il trovatore opened on 8 May and was followed only two days later by Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in a staging previously seen at the Salzburg Festival, where it had been a resounding success. The Vienna performances were by no means a routine revival, and it is almost certainly impossible to imagine a more consistent and coherent ensemble than the one that was found in Vienna at this time, when all the participants were at the top of their form. José van Dam as the eponymous hero and Ileana Cotrubas as his fiancée, Susanna, were a picture-book couple with their distinctive voices and a charming way with the text. Still at the start of her international career, Anna Tomowa-Sintow was making her State Opera début and brought the Countess to vibrant life, producing an affecting portrayal of the melancholy mood and belligerent resolve of a woman faced with the loss of her happiness in love. In the minor role of Barbarina Janet Perry completed the illustrious line-up of sopranos, while Frederica von Stade, with her lean-toned mezzo, was altogether exemplary as the youthful Cherubino. As the Count, Tom Krause presented a convincing portrayal not only of the philanderer flaring up at such competition but also of the nobleman caught between his personal inclinations and his awareness of his own social standing. The cast is completed in the finest buffo tradition by Jane Berbié as Marcellina, who succeeds in treading a fine line between comic crone and loving mother; Jules Bastin as a well-seasoned incompetent lawyer; Heinz Zednik as a wonderfully venomous intriguer Don Basilio; and – luxury casting, indeed – Zoltán Kelemen as the ranting gardener, Antonio: Kelemen had been the Alberich in Karajan’s Salzburg Ring and had sung the same role in the 1976 centenary production of the cycle in Bayreuth. He died, far too young, in May 1979. The palpable delight of all the members of the cast in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s production is clear from this live recording from Austrian Radio. Most remarkable of all, however, is the brilliance and verve of Karajan’s conducting of the Vienna State Opera orchestra, ethereally light and yet whizzing along. The result is a timeless performance of Mozart, flexible from the very least nuances to the sudden outbursts of focused high spirits.


Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492
1.     Overture
04:05
2.     Act I Scene 1: Duet: Cinque … dieci … venti … trenta (Figaro, Susanna)
02:26
3.     Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Cosa stai misurando (Susanna, Figaro)
00:44
4.     Act I Scene 1: Duet: Se a caso Madama (Figaro, Susanna)
02:15
5.     Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Or bene: ascolta (Susanna, Figaro)
01:48
6.     Act I Scene 1: Recitative: Bravo, signor padrone! (Figaro)
00:51
7.     Act I Scene 2: Cavatina: Se vuol ballare, Signor Contino (Figaro)
02:31
8.     Act I Scene 2: Recitative: Ed aspettaste il giorno (Bartolo, Marcellina)
01:07
9.     Act I Scene 3: Aria: La vendetta, oh, la vendetta! (Bartolo)
03:04
10.     Act I Scene 4: Recitative: Tutto ancor non ho perso (Marcellina, Susanna)
00:45
11.     Act I Scene 4: Duet: Via resti servita (Marcellina, Susanna)
01:56
12.     Act I Scene 5: Recitative: Va la, vecchia pedante (Susanna, Cherubino)
01:49
13.     Act I Scene 5: Aria: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio (Cherubino)
03:45
14.     Act I: Scene 6: Recitative: As, son perduto! (Cherubino, Susanna, Il Conte, Basilio)
03:56
15.     Act I Scenes 7: Trio: Cosa sento! Tosto andante, e scacciate il seduttor (Il Conte, Basilio, Susanna)
04:49
16.     Act I Scene 8: Recitative: Basilio, in traccia tosto (Il Conte, Susana, Cherubino, Basilio)
00:57
17.     Act I Scene 8: Giovani liete (Chorus)
01:03
18.     Act I Scene 8: Recitative: Cos e questa commedia? (Il Conte, Susanna, Figaro, Chorus)
02:20
19.     Act I Scene 8: Recitative: Evviva! (Figaro, Susanna, Basilio, Cherubino, Il Conte)
01:17
20.     Act I Scene 8: Aria: Non più andrai, farfallone amoroso (Figaro)
04:00

Disc 2

1.     Act II Scene 1: Cavatina: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro (La Contessa)
03:30
2.     Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Vieni, cara Susanna (La Contessa, Susanna, Figaro, Cherubino)
04:55
3.     Act II Scene 2: Arietta: Voi, che sapete che cosa e amor (Cherubino)
02:55
4.     Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Bravo! Che bella voce! (La Contessa, Susanna, Cherubino)
01:07
5.     Act II Scene 2: Aria: Venite, inginocchiatevi (Susanna)
02:58
6.     Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Quanto duolmi, Susanna (La Contessa, Susanna, Cherubino, Il Conte)
02:47
7.     Act II Scene 3: Recitative: Che novita! Non fu mai vostra usanza (Il Conte, La Contessa)
01:25
8.     Act II Scene 3: Trio: Susanna, or via sortite, sottite, io così vo (Il Conte, La Contessa, Susanna)
02:54
9.     Act II Scene 3: Recitative: Dunque voi non aprite? (Il Conte, La Contessa)
01:20
10.     Act II Scene 4: Duet: Aprite, presto, aprite (Susanna, Cherubino)
00:53
11.     Act II Scene 5: Recitative: Tutto e come il lascia (Il Conte, La Contessa)
01:28
12.     Act II Scene 6: Finale: Esci omai, garzon malnato (Il Conte, La Contessa, Susanna)
07:17
13.     Act II Scene 9: Signori, di fuori son gia i suonatori (Figaro, Il Conte, La Contessa, Susanna)
00:59
14.     Act II Scene 10: Conoscete, signor Figaro (Il Conte, Figaro, Susanna, La Contessa)
02:20
15.     Act II Scene 10: Ah, signor … signor (Antonio, Il Conte, La Contessa, Susanna, Figaro)
05:58
16.     Act II Scene 11: Voi signor, che giusto siete (Marcellina, Basilio, Bartolo, Il Conte, Susanna, La Contessa, Figaro)
04:34

Disc 3

1.     Act III Scene 1: Recitative: Che imbarazzo e mai questo! (Il Conte, La Contessa, Susana)
02:32
2.     Act III Scene 2: Duet: Crudel! Perche finora farmi languir cosi? (Il Conte, Susanna)
02:44
3.     Act III Scene 2: Recitative: E perche fosti meco (Il Conte, Susanna)
00:49
4.     Act III Scene 4: Recitative and Aria: Hai gia vinta la causa! … Vedro, menr'io sosprio (Il Conte)
05:36
5.     Act III Scene 7: Recitative: Andiam, andiam, bel paggio (Barbarina, Cherubino)
01:02
6.     Act III Scene 8: Recitative and Aria: E Susanna non vien! (La Contessa)
07:22
7.     Act III Scene 5: Recitative: E decisa la lite (Don Curzio, Marcellina, Figaro, Il Conte, Bartolo)
02:14
8.     Act III Scene 5: Sextet: Riconosci in questo amplesso (Marcellina, Figaro, Bartolo, Don Curzio, Il Conte, Susanna)
04:59
9.     Act III Scene 6: Recitative: Eccovi, oh caro amico (Marcellina, Bartolo, Susanna, Figaro)
01:20
10.     Act III Scene 9: Recitative: Io vi dico, signor (Antonio, Il Conte)
00:44
11.     Act III Scene 9: Recitative: Cosa mi narri? (La Contessa, Susanna)
00:28
12.     Act III Scene 9: Duettino: Canzonetta sull aria … Che soave zeffiretto (Sussana, La Contessa)
03:19
13.     Act III Scene 11: Ricevete, oh padroncina (Chorus, Barbarina, La Contessa, Susanna)
04:13
14.     Act III Scene 13: Finale: Ecco la marcia, andiamo (Figaro, Susanna, Il Conte, La Contessa)
07:08
15.     Act IV Scenes 1: Cavatina: L'ho perduta … Me meschina (Barbarina)
01:32
16.     Act IV Scenes 1: Recitative: Barbarina, cos' hai? (Figaro, Barbarina, Marcellina)
02:40
17.     Act IV Scene 5: Recitative: Nel padiglione (Barbarina, Figaro, Basilio, Bartolo)
01:04
18.     Act IV Scene 8: Recitative and Aria: Tutto e disposto … Aprite un po' quegli occhi (Figaro)
04:54
19.     Act IV Scene 9: Recitative: Signora, ella mi disse (Susanna, Marcellina, La Contessa, Figaro)
00:51
20.     Act IV: Recitative and Aria: Giunse al fin il momento… (Susanna)
05:25
21.     Act IV Scene 11: Recitative: Perfida, e in quella forma (Figaro, Cherubino, La Contessa)
00:40
22.     Act IV Scenes 11: Finale: Pian pianin le andro più presso, (Cherubino, La Contessa, Il Conte, Susanna, Figaro)
05:30
23.     Act IV Scene 13:: Tutto e tranquillo e placido (Figaro, Susanna, Il Conte)
05:03
24.     Act IV Scene 14: Gente! gente!, all'armi, all'armi (Il Conte, Figaro, Basilio, Antonio, Susanna, Bartolo, Cherubino, Marcellina)
05:37

Total Playing Time: 02:50:34