Teodor Currentzis

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

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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.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
Le Nozze di Figaro
1 3:59
2 2:47
3 0:44
4 2:41
5 1:50
6 0:49
7 2:40
8 1:09
9 3:06
10 0:42
11 2:14
12 2:05
13 2:42
14 1:49
15 2:10
16 4:09
17 0:57
18 1:13
19 1:27
20 0:57
21 1:10
22 4:08
23 3:21
24 3:51
25 1:27
26 2:57
27 1:08
28 2:30
29 2:53

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
Le Nozze di Figaro
1 1:18
2 3:25
3 0:53
4 0:54
5 0:23
6 1:17
7 2:34
8 1:29
9 2:58
10 1:03
11 2:15
12 5:38
13 3:48
14 1:05
15 1:39
16 2:55
17 0:59
18 1:17
19 3:26
20 2:18
21 5:42
22 1:15
23 0:44
24 1:47
25 4:41
26 0:36
27 0:25
28 3:00
29 0:30
30 1:12
31 3:12
32 2:03
33 1:08
34 1:45
35 1:13

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time
Le Nozze di Figaro
1 2:13
2 2:01
3 0:34
4 3:31
5 2:01
6 3:50
7 1:15
8 2:41
9 0:50
10 1:21
11 3:11
12 0:45
13 3:22
14 2:15
15 4:13
16 1:50
17 1:29
18 2:47
19 1:19
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