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Michael Spyres|Mozart: Mitridate, rè di Ponto

Mozart: Mitridate, rè di Ponto

Michael Spyres & Sabine Devieilhe & Elsa Dreisig & Marc Minkowski

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You can always count on Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre for some serious zing, crackle and pop, and sure enough, their first momentum-filled chords to this opera penned by Mozart when he was just fourteen, punch through the air as a gloriously multi-coloured, bristling-textured musical canon ball of fiery energy; and going forwards it’s that fizzing ensemble sound – the soft rasp of the period woodwind and brass, the resiny bite of the gut strings, their technical polish, interpretational detail and exuberant joie de vivre – that’s constantly hitting you afresh. You don’t even have to wait very long for their next solo either, because their brightly ringing Act 1 March is on you before you know it.


Written in 1770 for the Teatro Regio Ducale in Milan, Mitridate, rè di Ponto is an “opera seria” centred around the historical figure of Mithridatus, King of Pontus, a ruler of Persian-Greek ancestry who opposed the Roman empire. Plot-wise, it’s a typical opera seria with its love triangles and political treachery set against the backdrop of war. Musically, the young Mozart was still learning the operatic trade and so it’s not without its flaws, but it’s impossible to argue with the utter beauty and lyricism that’s yet constantly flowing forth from its score. As for how this particular recording recording came into being, along with many of 2021’s new releases, there’s a pandemic-themed back story, because its roots were a Kabuki-inspired production Minkowski had scheduled for November 2020 at Berlin’s Staatsoper, American tenor Michael Spyres singing the title role. This ended up being Covid-cancelled.


However Erato stepped in, and Minkowski instead found himself recording it in the Philharmonie de Paris, still with Spyres in the title role, but with travel restrictions now necessitating a mostly French cast. Which, let’s face it, could hardly be seen as a hardship when it gives you such voices as Julie Fuchs, Sabine Devieilhe and Elsa Dreisig in the opera’s three-star soprano roles: Fuchs sings Aspasia, betrothed to Mitridate; Devieilhe sings the Parthian princess Ismene; Dreisig sings the king’s son Sifare – originally sung by a castrato – while the king’s other son is taken by countertenor Paul-Antoine Bénos-Dijian. Tenor Cyrille Dubois and mezzo-soprano Adriana Bignani Lesca complete the cast.


Stick a pin anywhere you like in the running order and you’ll hit on a highlight. Take Fuchs’ first aria, the coloratura showpiece, “Al destin, che la minaccia”; because who cares that the inexperienced Mozart’s fierce music is rather at odds with this being an aria in which she’s pleading protection from Dreisig’s Sifare, when it’s so brimming over with vivacious passion, and dispatched with a technical command that makes the writing’s fiendish vocal acrobatics sound as easy as falling off a log. Or how about Dreisig’s velvety softness in “Lungi da te” as obligato horn weaves about her. Or the light, silvery purity Devieilhe brings to “In faccia all’oggetto”. Indeed the casting of these three roles couldn’t have been more fitting, each voice fitting its role like a glove. I haven’t even mentioned Spyres yet, but his own combination of technical control, tonal beauty and expressiveness is equally enjoyable.


This one really does have everything you could wish for in an opera recording: edge-of-the-seat dramatic sparkle, ravishing beauty, an on-fire orchestra, and a complement of voices you could listen to all day. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz

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1
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: Overture
Marc Minkowski
00:05:05

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

2
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "Vieni, signor” (Arbate, Sifare)
Marc Minkowski
00:00:57

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Adriana Bignagni Lesca, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

3
Mitriate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "Se a me s'unisce Arbate" (Sifare, Aspasia)
Marc Minkowski
00:00:55

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

4
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "Al destin, che la minaccia" (Aspasia)
Marc Minkowski
00:06:30

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

5
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "Qual tumulto nell'alma" (Sifare)
Marc Minkowski
00:01:10

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

6
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "Soffre il mio cor con pace" (Sifare)
Marc Minkowski
00:07:43

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

7
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "Sin a quando, o regina" (Sifare, Farnace, Aspasia, Arbate)
Marc Minkowski
00:01:01

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Adriana Bignagni Lesca, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

8
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "L'odio nel cor frenate" (Arbate)
Marc Minkowski
00:03:16

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Adriana Bignagni Lesca, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

9
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "Principe, che facemmo!" (Farnace, Sifare, Aspasia)
Marc Minkowski
00:00:13

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

10
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "Nel sen mi palpita" (Aspasia)
Marc Minkowski
00:02:18

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

11
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "Un tale addio, germano" (Farnace, Sifare)
Marc Minkowski
00:00:39

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

12
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "Eccovi in un momento" (Farnace, Marzio)
Marc Minkowski
00:00:52

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Cyrille Dubois, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

13
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "Venga pur, minacci e frema" (Farnace)
Marc Minkowski
00:06:30

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

14
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: Marcia
Marc Minkowski
00:03:55

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

15
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "Se di lauri il crine adorno" (Mitridate)
Marc Minkowski
00:05:07

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

16
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "Tu mi rivedi, Arbate" (Mitridate, Ismene, Arbate)
Marc Minkowski
00:01:00

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Adriana Bignagni Lesca, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

17
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "Sulla temuta destra" (Sifare, Mitridate, Farnace, Ismene)
Marc Minkowski
00:01:41

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

18
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "In faccia all'oggetto" (Ismene)
Marc Minkowski
00:04:19

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

19
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "Teme Ismene a ragion" (Mitridate, Arbate)
Marc Minkowski
00:01:41

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Adriana Bignagni Lesca, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

20
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "Respira alfin, respira" (Mitridate)
Marc Minkowski
00:01:45

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

21
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 1: "Quel ribelle, e quell'ingrato" (Mitridate)
Marc Minkowski
00:02:54

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

22
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Questo è l'amor, Farnace" (Ismene, Farnace)
Marc Minkowski
00:01:01

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

23
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Va', l'error mio palesa" (Farnace)
Marc Minkowski
00:02:39

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

24
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Perfido, ascolta" (Ismene, Mitridate)
Marc Minkowski
00:00:49

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

25
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Eccomi a' cenni tuoi" (Aspasia, Mitridate)
Marc Minkowski
00:02:06

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

26
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Dille, che tema" (Mitridate)
Marc Minkowski
00:00:15

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

27
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Tu, che fedel" (Mitridate)
Marc Minkowski
00:04:27

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

28
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Che dirò? Che ascoltai?" (Sifare, Aspasia)
Marc Minkowski
00:01:02

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

29
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Oh giorno di dolore" (Aspasia, Sifare)
Marc Minkowski
00:00:52

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

30
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Non più regina" (Sifare)
Marc Minkowski
00:02:33

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

31
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Lungi da te, mio bene" (Sifare)
Marc Minkowski
00:09:29

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

32
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Grazie ai numi partì" (Aspasia)
Marc Minkowski
00:01:37

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

33
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Nel grave tormento" (Aspasia)
Marc Minkowski
00:04:57

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

34
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Qui, dove la vendetta" (Mitridate, Sifare, Farnace)
Marc Minkowski
00:01:52

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

35
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Signor, son io" (Marzio, Mitridate, Sifare)
Marc Minkowski
00:00:40

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Cyrille Dubois, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

36
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Ah, giacché son tradito" (Farnace)
Marc Minkowski
00:00:15

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

37
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Son reo; l'error confesso" (Farnace)
Marc Minkowski
00:02:52

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

38
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "E crederai, signor" (Sifare, Mitridate, Aspasia)
Marc Minkowski
00:01:48

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

39
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Già di pietà mi spoglio" (Mitridate)
Marc Minkowski
00:02:16

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

40
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Ah mia regina" (Sifare, Aspasia)
Marc Minkowski
00:00:33

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

41
Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Io sposa di quel mostro" (Aspasia, Sifare)
Marc Minkowski
00:01:46

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

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Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 2: "Se viver non degg'io" (Sifare, Aspasia)
Marc Minkowski
00:06:45

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

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Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 3: "Pera omai chi m'oltraggia" (Mitridate, Ismene)
Marc Minkowski
00:00:29

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

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Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 3: "So quanto a te dispiace" (Ismene)
Marc Minkowski
00:05:30

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

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Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 3: "Il tuo furore" (Aspasia, Mitridate)
Marc Minkowski
00:00:32

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

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Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 3: "Mio re, t'affretta" (Arbate, Mitridate)
Marc Minkowski
00:00:36

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Adriana Bignagni Lesca, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

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Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 3: "Vado incontro al fato estremo" (Mitridate)
Marc Minkowski
00:02:40

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Michael Spyres, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

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Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 3: "Lagrime intempestive" (Aspasia)
Marc Minkowski
00:00:28

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

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Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 3: "Ah ben ne fui presaga" (Aspasia)
Marc Minkowski
00:08:11

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

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Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K. 87, Act 3: "Che fai, regina?" (Sifare, Aspasia)
Marc Minkowski
00:00:31

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Marc Minkowski, Conductor, MainArtist - Les Musiciens du Louvre, Orchestra - Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi, Poet - Julie Fuchs, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Elsa Dreisig, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Les Musiciens du Louvre under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description


You can always count on Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre for some serious zing, crackle and pop, and sure enough, their first momentum-filled chords to this opera penned by Mozart when he was just fourteen, punch through the air as a gloriously multi-coloured, bristling-textured musical canon ball of fiery energy; and going forwards it’s that fizzing ensemble sound – the soft rasp of the period woodwind and brass, the resiny bite of the gut strings, their technical polish, interpretational detail and exuberant joie de vivre – that’s constantly hitting you afresh. You don’t even have to wait very long for their next solo either, because their brightly ringing Act 1 March is on you before you know it.


Written in 1770 for the Teatro Regio Ducale in Milan, Mitridate, rè di Ponto is an “opera seria” centred around the historical figure of Mithridatus, King of Pontus, a ruler of Persian-Greek ancestry who opposed the Roman empire. Plot-wise, it’s a typical opera seria with its love triangles and political treachery set against the backdrop of war. Musically, the young Mozart was still learning the operatic trade and so it’s not without its flaws, but it’s impossible to argue with the utter beauty and lyricism that’s yet constantly flowing forth from its score. As for how this particular recording recording came into being, along with many of 2021’s new releases, there’s a pandemic-themed back story, because its roots were a Kabuki-inspired production Minkowski had scheduled for November 2020 at Berlin’s Staatsoper, American tenor Michael Spyres singing the title role. This ended up being Covid-cancelled.


However Erato stepped in, and Minkowski instead found himself recording it in the Philharmonie de Paris, still with Spyres in the title role, but with travel restrictions now necessitating a mostly French cast. Which, let’s face it, could hardly be seen as a hardship when it gives you such voices as Julie Fuchs, Sabine Devieilhe and Elsa Dreisig in the opera’s three-star soprano roles: Fuchs sings Aspasia, betrothed to Mitridate; Devieilhe sings the Parthian princess Ismene; Dreisig sings the king’s son Sifare – originally sung by a castrato – while the king’s other son is taken by countertenor Paul-Antoine Bénos-Dijian. Tenor Cyrille Dubois and mezzo-soprano Adriana Bignani Lesca complete the cast.


Stick a pin anywhere you like in the running order and you’ll hit on a highlight. Take Fuchs’ first aria, the coloratura showpiece, “Al destin, che la minaccia”; because who cares that the inexperienced Mozart’s fierce music is rather at odds with this being an aria in which she’s pleading protection from Dreisig’s Sifare, when it’s so brimming over with vivacious passion, and dispatched with a technical command that makes the writing’s fiendish vocal acrobatics sound as easy as falling off a log. Or how about Dreisig’s velvety softness in “Lungi da te” as obligato horn weaves about her. Or the light, silvery purity Devieilhe brings to “In faccia all’oggetto”. Indeed the casting of these three roles couldn’t have been more fitting, each voice fitting its role like a glove. I haven’t even mentioned Spyres yet, but his own combination of technical control, tonal beauty and expressiveness is equally enjoyable.


This one really does have everything you could wish for in an opera recording: edge-of-the-seat dramatic sparkle, ravishing beauty, an on-fire orchestra, and a complement of voices you could listen to all day. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz

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