Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Artist Werner Van Mechelen bass baritone
Christiane Oelze soprano
Huub Claessens bass baritone
Patrizia Biccire soprano
Choeur De Chambre De Namur
La Petite Bande
Sigiswald Kuijken conductor
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 93966
EAN code 5028421939667
Release September 2009

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In a letter to his father on 13 October 1781, Mozart wrote, ‘Why do Italian comic operas give such pleasure everywhere – in spite of their miserable libretti…?’ Because the music reigns supreme: when one listens to it all else is forgotten. Why an opera is sure of success when the plot is well worked out, the words written solely for the music and not shoved in here and there to suit some miserable rhyme… The best thing of all is when a good composer, who understands the stage and is talented enough to make sound suggestions, meets an able poet, that true phoenix.’Two years before he had met Lorenzo da Ponte, Mozart’s frustration with the present condition of opera had reached boiling point. The collaboration between the two men produced three of the greatest operas in the repertoire – Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. Adapting the second play in
Beaumarchais’ trilogy, da Ponte skilfully navigated a risky path through the plot that had lead to Emperor Joseph II (da Ponte had become court poet thanks to an introduction from Antonio Salieri) banning it.

Themes of greedy aristocrats and officials lording it up over the common man who struggled to make ends meet was dangerous stuff when the French Revolution was being observed with horror by the crowned heads of Europe. Mindful of this, da Ponte produced a wonderful libretto, informing the Emperor of its revised ‘non-offensive’ content at every turn. Mozart was under no such constraints, and his wonderful score when set to da Ponte’s words restores the daring satire and social commentary of the play in perhaps the most perfect opera ever composed. The premiere took place in Vienna in 1786.

Other information:
- Recorded live in 1998.
- Booklet note and synopsis included.
- Download the libretto by clicking on 'Download booklet' below the cover.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture (Orchestra)
  2. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 1: Cinque…dieci…venti…trenta (Figaro/Susanna)
  3. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 1: Se a caso madama (Figaro/Susanna)
  4. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 1: Se vuol ballare (Figaro/Bartolo/Marcellina)
  5. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 1: La vendetta, oh, la vendetta (Bartolo/Marcellina/Susanna)
  6. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 1: Via, resti servita (Marcellina/Susanna/Cherubino)
  7. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 1: Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio (Cherubino/Susanna/Count/Basilio)
  8. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 1: Cosa sento! tosto andate (Count/Basilio/Susanna/Cherubino)
  9. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 1: Giovani liete (Peasants/Count/Figaro/Susanna/Basilio/Cherubino)
  10. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 1: Non più andrai, farfallone amoroso (Figaro)

Disk 2

  1. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 2: Porgi, amor (Countess/Susanna/Figaro/Cherubino)
  2. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 2: Voi, che sapete (Cherubino/Countess/Susanna)
  3. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 2: Venite, inginocchiatevi (Susanna/Countess/Cherubino/Count)
  4. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 2: Che novità! (Count/Countess)
  5. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 2: Susanna, or via sortite (Count/Countess/Susanna)
  6. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 2: Aprite, presto, aprite (Susanna/Cherubino/Count/Countess)
  7. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 2: Esci ormai, garzon malnato (Count/Countess/Susanna)
  8. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 2: Signori, di fuori (Figaro/Count/Susanna/Countess)
  9. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 2: Ah, signor, signor! (Antonio/Count/Susanna/Countess/Figaro)
  10. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 2: Voi signor, che giusto siete (Marcellina/Basilio/Bartolo/Susanna/Countess/Figaro/Count
  11. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 3: Che imbarazzo è mai questo! (Count/Countess/Susanna)
  12. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 3: Crudel! perché finora (Count/Susanna/Figaro)
  13. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 3: Hai già vinta la causa! (Count)
  14. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 3: E Susanna non vien! (Countess/Don Curzio/Marcellina/Figaro/Count/Bartolo)
  15. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 3: Riconosci in questo amplesso (Marcellina/Figaro/Bartolo/Don Curzio/Count/Susanna/Barbarina/Cherubino)

Disk 3

  1. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 3: Io vi dico, signor (Antonio/Count/Countess/Susanna)
  2. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 3: Sull’aria (Susanna/Countess)
  3. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 3: Ricevete, o padroncina (Peasant girls/Barbarina/Countess/Susanna/Antonio/Count/Cherubino/Figaro)
  4. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 3: Ecco la marcia (Figaro/Susanna/Count/Countess/Two girls/Peasants)
  5. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 4: L’ho perduta…me meschina! (Barbarina/Figaro/Marcellina)
  6. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 4: Il capro e la capretta (Marcellina/Barbarina/Figaro/Bartolo/Basilio)
  7. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 4: In quegli anni, in cui val poco (Basilio)
  8. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 4: Tutto è disposto (Figaro/Susanna/Marcellina/Countess)
  9. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 4: Giunse alfin il momento (Susanna/Figaro/Cherubino/Countess)
  10. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 4: Pian, pianin, le andrò più presso (Cherubino/Countess/Count/Susanna/Figaro)
  11. Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act 4: Gente, gente, all’armi, all’armi (All)