Related Links

Recommended Links

Give the Composers Timeline Poster



Site News

What's New for
December 2014?

Site Search

Follow us on
Facebook    Twitter

Affiliates

In association with
Amazon
Amazon UKAmazon GermanyAmazon CanadaAmazon FranceAmazon Japan

ArkivMusic
CD Universe

HBDirect

JPC

ArkivMusic

Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

CD Review

Wolfgang Mozart

Teldec 68697-7

La Finta Giardiniera, K. 196

  • Thomas Moser
  • Edita Gruberová
  • Uwe Heilmann
  • Charlotte Margiono
  • Monica Bacelli
Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Teldec Das Alte Werk 2564-68697-7 194m DDD 3CDs
Find it at AmazonFind it at Amazon UKFind it at Amazon GermanyFind it at Amazon CanadaFind it at Amazon FranceFind it at Amazon JapanOrder Now from ArkivMusic.comFind it at CD Universe Find it at JPC
Also available on Teldec Das Alte Werk 9031-72309-2
Amazon - UK - Germany - Canada - France - Japan - ArkivMusic - CD Universe
Warner 69126-7

Idomeneo, K. 366

  • Werner Hollweg
  • Trudeliese Schmidt
  • Rachel Yakar
  • Felicity Palmer
  • Kurt Equilez
Choir of the Opera House Zurich
Mozart Orchestra/Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Warner Opera Classics 2564-69126-7 195m DDD 3CDs
Find it at AmazonFind it at Amazon UKFind it at Amazon GermanyFind it at Amazon CanadaFind it at Amazon FranceFind it at Amazon JapanOrder Now from ArkivMusic.comFind it at CD Universe Find it at HBDirect Find it at JPC
Also available on Teldec 2292-42600-2
Amazon - UK - Germany - Canada - France - Japan

These two Mozart operas continue Warner's excellent reissue programme related to the extensive discography of the octogenarian Nikolaus Harnoncourt whose performance style in these sublime works is nothing short of revelatory.

"La Finta Giardiniera" is perhaps one of the lesser appreciated operas by this composer but it is full of some very fine arias and ensemble pieces which finds Harnoncourt in inspired form throughout. Edita Gruberová's "Sandrina" is particularly intriguing whilst the other roles are also finely executed by such luminaries as Monica Bacelli and the relatively young Dawn Upshaw in this excellent 1991 recording.

This "Idomeneo" takes us to Zurich from Vienna and again Harnoncourt finds much fire and passion in a work which is notoriously difficult to bring off. My selected comparison here was the indefatigable Peter Maag (Arts Archives) whose litheness of tempi and superb singing team is given a good run for their money by Harnoncourt and in particular the booming voice of Hollweg who can safely lay claim to be one of the finest Idomeneo's on record. Yet again Harnoncourt is a thrilling exponent of the Mozartian idiom and the opera really finds a dramatic twinge especially in the final act.

Both sets lack a libretto which however may be downloaded from Warner's website. Otherwise these attractively priced recordings are must haves for any Mozart opera collector who does not yet have them in their repertoire.

Copyright © 2010, Gerald Fenech.

Trumpet