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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Le Nozze di Figaro

Andrei Bondarenko - Simone Kermes - Christian van Horn - Fanie Antonelou - Mary-Ellen Nesi - Maria Forsström... - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis

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There are many splendid recordings of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro that appeal to every taste, but there are relatively few that can be categorized as historically authentic, in the truest sense of the term. Of these, the 2014 Sony release by Teodor Currentzis and Musicaeterna may be the most thoroughly researched and carefully restored version available. Taking pains to consult original sources, and to use period instruments or modern replicas (including a fortepiano, a lute, and even a hurdy-gurdy), Currentzis creates a Classical sound that works brilliantly with the score as written and as Mozart intended, and makes the music as vivid and exciting as possible. Currentzis also has called for a historical approach to singing, and embellishments that were typical of Mozart's day are employed, as well as a more intimate delivery and purer vocal style with less vibrato. The cast may not feature international stars, but the artists are well-suited to Currentzis' goals of presenting Figaro in true period practice. Prominent in this production are Andrei Bondarenko as Count Almaviva, Simone Kermes as the Countess, Fanie Antonelou as Susanna, Mary-Ellen Nesi as Cherubino, and Christian van Horn as Figaro, who give their roles distinctive characterizations along with their impeccable vocal production. Sony's recording is rich in details and close enough to the musicians to give a front-row feeling. Le nozze di Figaro is presented on three CDs in a deluxe hardcover book that includes an interview with the conductor and the complete libretto in English, Italian, German, and French.
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Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

1
Sinfonia
00:03:59

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

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2
Atto Primo: Cinque... dieci... venti... (No. 1, Duettino: Susanna, Figaro)
00:02:47

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Christian van Horn, Bass Baritone (Figaro) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

3
Atto Primo: Cosa stai misurando (Recitativo: Susanna, Figaro)
00:00:44

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Christian van Horn, Bass Baritone (Figaro) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

4
Atto Primo: Se a caso madama la notte ti chiama (No. 2, Duettino: Susanna, Figaro)
00:02:41

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Christian van Horn, Bass Baritone (Figaro) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

5
Atto Primo: Or bene; ascolta, e taci! (Recitativo: Susanna, Figaro)
00:01:50

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Christian van Horn, Bass Baritone (Figaro) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

6
Atto Primo: Bravo signor padrone! (Recitativo: Figaro)
00:00:49

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Christian van Horn, Bass Baritone (Figaro) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

7
Atto Primo: Se vuol ballare signor Contino (No. 3, Cavatina: Figaro)
00:02:40

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Christian van Horn, Bass Baritone (Figaro) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

8
Atto Primo: Ed aspettaste il giorno fissato a le sue nozze (Recitativo: Bartolo, Marcellina)
00:01:09

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Maria Forsström, Soprano (Marcellina) - Nikolai Loskutkin, Bass (Bartolo) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor -

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

9
Atto Primo: La vendetta, oh la vendetta (No. 4, Aria: Bartolo)
00:03:06

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Nikolai Loskutkin, Bass (Bartolo) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

10
Atto Primo: Tutto ancor non ho perso (Recitativo: Marcellina, Susanna)
00:00:42

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Maria Forsström, Soprano (Marcellina) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

11
Atto Primo: Via, resti servita, madama brillante (No. 5, Duettino: Susanna, Marcellina)
00:02:14

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Maria Forsström, Soprano (Marcellina) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

12
Atto Primo: Va' là, vecchia pedante (Recitativo: Susanna, Cherubino)
00:02:05

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Soprano (Cherubino) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

13
Atto Primo: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio (No. 6, Aria: Cherubino)
00:02:43

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Soprano (Cherubino) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

14
Atto Primo: Ah son perduto! (Recitativo: Cherubino, Susanna, Il Conte, Basilio)
00:01:49

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Soprano (Cherubino) - Krystian Adam, Tenor (Don Basilio) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

15
Atto Primo: Susanna, il ciel vi salvi (Recitativo: Basilio, Susanna, Il Conte)
00:02:10

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - Krystian Adam, Tenor (Don Basilio) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

16
Atto Primo: Cosa sento! tosto andate (No. 7, Terzetto: Susanna, Basilio, Il Conte)
00:04:09

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - Krystian Adam, Tenor (Don Basilio) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

17
Atto Primo: Basilio, in traccia tosto di Figaro volate (Recitativo: Il Conte, Susanna, Cherubino, Basilio)
00:00:57

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Soprano (Cherubino) - Krystian Adam, Tenor (Don Basilio) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

18
Atto Primo: Giovani liete fiori spargete (No. 8, Coro)
00:01:13

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

19
Atto Primo: Cos'è questa commedia? (Recitativo: Il Conte, Figaro, Susanna)
00:01:27

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - Christian van Horn, Bass Baritone (Figaro) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor -

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

20
Atto Primo: Giovani liete fiori spargete (No. 9, Coro)
00:00:57

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

21
Atto Primo: Evviva! (Recitativo: Figaro, Susanna, Basilio, Cherubino, Il Conte)
00:01:10

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Christian van Horn, Bass Baritone (Figaro) - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Soprano (Cherubino) - Krystian Adam, Tenor (Don Basilio) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor -

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

22
Atto Primo: Non più andrai farfallone amoroso (No. 10, Aria: Figaro)
00:04:08

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Christian van Horn, Bass Baritone (Figaro) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

23
Atto Secondo: Porgi amor qualche ristoro (No. 11, Cavatina: La Contessa)
00:03:21

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Simone Kermes, Soprano (Countess Rosine) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor -

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

24
Atto Secondo: Vieni, cara Susanna (Recitativo: La Contessa, Susanna, Figaro)
00:03:51

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Christian van Horn, Bass Baritone (Figaro) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - Simone Kermes, Soprano (Countess Rosine) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor - -

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

25
Atto Secondo: Quanto duolmi, Susanna (Recitativo: La Contessa, Susanna, Cherubino)
00:01:27

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Soprano (Cherubino) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - Simone Kermes, Soprano (Countess Rosine) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

26
Atto Secondo: Voi che sapete che cosa è amor (No. 12, Arietta: Cherubino)
00:02:57

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Soprano (Cherubino) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

27
Atto Secondo: Bravo! che bella voce! (Recitativo: La Contessa, Susanna, Cherubino)
00:01:08

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Soprano (Cherubino) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - Simone Kermes, Soprano (Countess Rosine) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

28
Atto Secondo: Venite, inginocchiatevi (No. 13, Aria: Susanna)
00:02:30

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

29
Atto Secondo: Quante buffonerie! (Recitativo: La Contessa, Susanna, Cherubino [Il Conte])
00:02:53

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Soprano (Cherubino) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - Simone Kermes, Soprano (Countess Rosine) - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

DISC 2

1
Atto Secondo: Che novità (Recitativo: Il Conte, La Contessa)
00:01:18

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Simone Kermes, Soprano (Countess Rosina) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

2
Atto Secondo: Susanna or via sortite (No. 14, Terzetto: Susanna, La Contessa, Il Conte)
00:03:25

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Simone Kermes, Soprano (Countess Rosina) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor -

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

3
Atto Secondo: Dunque voi non aprite? (Recitativo: Il Conte, La Contessa)
00:00:53

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Simone Kermes, Soprano (Countess Rosina) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor -

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

4
Atto Secondo: Aprite presto aprite (No. 15, Duettino: Susanna, Cherubino)
00:00:54

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Mary-Ellen Nesi, Soprano (Cherubino) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor -

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

5
Atto Secondo: Oh guarda il demonietto! (Recitativo: Susanna)
00:00:23

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

6
Atto Secondo: Tutto è come il lasciai (Recitativo: Il Conte, La Contessa)
00:01:17

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Simone Kermes, Soprano (Countess Rosina) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

7
Atto Secondo: Esci omai garzon malnato (No. 16, Finale: Il Conte, La Contessa)
00:02:34

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Simone Kermes, Soprano (Countess Rosina) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

8
Atto Secondo: Signore, cos'è quel stupore? (Susanna, Il Conte, La Contessa)
00:01:29

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Simone Kermes, Soprano (Countess Rosina) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

9
Atto Secondo: Susanna, son morta: il fiato mi manca (La Contessa, Susanna, Il Conte)
00:02:58

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Simone Kermes, Soprano (Countess Rosina) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

10
Atto Secondo: Signori, di fuori son gia i suonatori (Figaro, Il Conte, La Contessa, Susanna)
00:01:03

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Simone Kermes, Soprano (Countess Rosina) - Christian van Horn, Bass Baritone (Figaro) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor -

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

11
Atto Secondo: Conoscete, signor Figaro (Il Conte, Figaro, La Contessa, Susanna)
00:02:15

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Simone Kermes, Soprano (Countess Rosina) - Christian van Horn, Bass Baritone (Figaro) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

12
Atto Secondo: Ah signor... signor... Cosa è stato ... Vostre dunque saran... (Antonio, Il Conte, La Contessa, Susanna, Figaro)
00:05:38

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Simone Kermes, Soprano (Countess Rosina) - Christian van Horn, Bass Baritone (Figaro) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - Garry Agadzhanian, Bass Baritone (Antonio) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor -

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

13
Atto Secondo: Voi signor, che giusto siete ... Son confusa, son stordita (Marcellina, Basilio, Bartolo, Il Conte, La Contessa, Figaro, Susanna)
00:03:48

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Simone Kermes, Soprano (Countess Rosina) - Christian van Horn, Bass Baritone (Figaro) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - Maria Forsström, Soprano (Marcellina) - Nikolai Loskutkin, Bass (Bartolo) - Krystian Adam, Tenor (Don Basilio) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor -

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

14
Atto Terzo: Che imbarazzo è mai questo! (Recitativo: Il Conte)
00:01:05

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

15
Atto Terzo: Via fati core (Recitativo: La Contessa, Il Conte, Susanna)
00:01:39

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Simone Kermes, Soprano (Countess Rosina) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - Krystian Adam, Tenor (Don Basilio) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

16
Atto Terzo: Crudel! perchè finora (No. 17, Duettino: Susanna, Il Conte)
00:02:55

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

17
Atto Terzo: E perchè fosti meco (Recitativo: Il Conte, Susanna, Figaro)
00:00:59

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Christian van Horn, Bass Baritone (Figaro) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

18
Atto Terzo: Hai già vinta la causa! (No. 18, Recitativo: Il Conte)
00:01:17

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

19
Atto Terzo: Vedrò mentre io sospiro (No. 18, Aria: Il Conte)
00:03:26

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

20
Atto Terzo: È decisa la lite (Recitativo: Don Curzio, Marcellina, Figaro, Il Conte, Bartolo)
00:02:18

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Christian van Horn, Bass Baritone (Figaro) - Nikolai Loskutkin, Bass (Bartolo) - Maria Forsström, Soprano (Marcellina) - James Elliott, Tenor (Don Curzio) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor -

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

21
Atto Terzo: Riconosci in questo amplesso (No. 19, Sestetto: Susanna, Marcellina, Don Curzio, Il Conte, Bartolo, Figaro)
00:05:42

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Lorenzo Da Ponte, Librettist - Andrei Bondarenko, Bass Baritone (Count Almaviva) - Christian van Horn, Bass Baritone (Figaro) - Fanie Antonelou, Soprano (Susanna) - Maria Forsström, Soprano (Marcellina) - Nikolai Loskutkin, Bass (Bartolo) - James Elliott, Tenor (Don Kurzio) - MusicAeterna - Teodor Currentzis, Conductor -

(P) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

There are many splendid recordings of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro that appeal to every taste, but there are relatively few that can be categorized as historically authentic, in the truest sense of the term. Of these, the 2014 Sony release by Teodor Currentzis and Musicaeterna may be the most thoroughly researched and carefully restored version available. Taking pains to consult original sources, and to use period instruments or modern replicas (including a fortepiano, a lute, and even a hurdy-gurdy), Currentzis creates a Classical sound that works brilliantly with the score as written and as Mozart intended, and makes the music as vivid and exciting as possible. Currentzis also has called for a historical approach to singing, and embellishments that were typical of Mozart's day are employed, as well as a more intimate delivery and purer vocal style with less vibrato. The cast may not feature international stars, but the artists are well-suited to Currentzis' goals of presenting Figaro in true period practice. Prominent in this production are Andrei Bondarenko as Count Almaviva, Simone Kermes as the Countess, Fanie Antonelou as Susanna, Mary-Ellen Nesi as Cherubino, and Christian van Horn as Figaro, who give their roles distinctive characterizations along with their impeccable vocal production. Sony's recording is rich in details and close enough to the musicians to give a front-row feeling. Le nozze di Figaro is presented on three CDs in a deluxe hardcover book that includes an interview with the conductor and the complete libretto in English, Italian, German, and French.
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