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The marriage of Figaro by Mozart- new CD released in July 2016

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 , ora 8.57

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Lately, Radio Romania Music has frequently brought before you the name of the Canadian conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin, whose rising career achieves new references, not only due to nominations, but also due to new albums. Starting with the 8th of July, a new recording is released, one belonging to the project of the Mozartean operas, pioneered along with Rolando Villanzon, in collaboration with Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (and having the generous support of those who, since some years ago, are backing the broadcasting of some of the greatest events of the European current classical music). A project that means to release 7 Mozartean operas, under the same perspective, has already reached the 4th discographical materialization: after "Don Giovanni"(in 2012), there followed "Cosi fan tutte" (2013), "The Abduction from the Seraglio "(2015) and- this month- the 3 CDs with "The marriage of Figaro ". They represent the live recordings, made during the gala concerts performed at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, with excellent castings, which bring together legendary voices and rising artists. For the last 3 albums, Yannick Nezet-Seguin found himself at the conductor's desk of the European Chamber Orchestra, whose stylistical finesse and volubly performance shine during this version of "The marriage of Figaro ". This alternative is not only an illuminating performance of Mozartean voices, but also a splendid orchestral journey, somehow like a pen picture, full of classical strictness and alert virtuosity, with freshness and verve - adequated to the opera buffa on Lorenzo Da Ponte's libretto, taking Pierre Beaumarchais's subject over. Mozart's opera- released just 8 years after the initial performance of the French play- has turned, this spring,…230 years since its premiere…But it has not grown old at all and the fervour of perfoming, the care for each detail and also the dynamics of the hole record give it a new amenity! Of course, Mozart's music stays charming but the heros of his vocal dramaturgy are all too "eloquent" when singing the famous airs, on the recording of the gala concerts from 2015!

To Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni (actually, his son-in-low) have been assigned the characters that they have frequently embodied during their careers: Hampson pictures Count Almaviva with casually elegance and a certain brightness in his voice, while Luca Pisaroni is a bouncing voiced Figaro, august, temperamental and displaying slightly grim accents during the moments of grief , that alternate with the eager lyrical waves of the affection affirmations.(During the summer of the past year, in Salzburg, Pisaroni has also sung the role of the Count, to whom he assigned a more…statuary figure!)

Sopranos Chistiane Karg and Sonya Yoncheva (from Germany and Bulgaria, performing the characters Suzana and the Countess) belong to the same generation, that is soon to reach 35 years, and they actually display the full glory of their voices, enhanced by the concern for the stylistic pithiness of the roles they perform. 28 years ago, the Swedish Anne Sofie von Otter was glowing at the Metropolitan, giving her voice to Cherubino; last year, at Baden-Baden, she was an excellent Marcelina and the teenage page role was offered to the mezzo-soprano Angela Brower, from Arizona, whose career is on the rise…Last but not least, we must mention the name of Rolando Villazon as Don Basilio, in the casting of this recording- an artist that literally rejoices over his Mozartean part, as well as Maurizio Muraro does (Bartolo)…

Discreetly but efficiently, the Rastatt chorus can be heard, as well as - accurate and tender- the harpsichord backing of the recitals, provided by the American Yory Vinikour...

What Radio Romania Music is suggesting on Sunday, the 10th of July at 9 PM, is going to make many melomaniacs consider that it deserves to be put under the umbrella term "Opera in the Famous Performances": the Mozartean eloquence, interpretative modernism, verve and pithiness of the artistic feeling…A brilliant "Marriage of Figaro" that you will come across on the web page romania-muzical.ro, as it will be included in the campaign "Vote for the year's best classical music album"!

Anca Ioana Andriescu
Translated by Raluca Ilie
MTTLC, the University of Bucharest, 2nd Year