Mozart : Le nozze di Figaro

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A historical production by Jean-Louis Martinoty of Mozart’sNozze di Figaro” recorded in Paris and conducted by René Jacobs!

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Mozart : Le Nozze di Figaro

Recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in June 2004, these Nozze di Figaro were unanimously acclaimed by public and critics alike as a Mozart opera landmark.

Director Jean-Louis Martinoty brings an elegantly intelligent narrative sense to an interpretation in which the protagonists, against a backdrop of magnificent canvases of 18th-century inspiration, are dressed by Sylvie de Segonzac in a palette in which every shade is perfect. Hans Schavernoch’s set suggests an elitist society that is coming apart at the seams.

René Jacobs’s conducting of Concerto Köln is meticulous and perfectly balanced, offering a ravishing use of tonal colour and orchestral dynamics.

A veteran Almaviva, the excellent Pitero Spagnoli plays opposite Annette Dasch’s beauteous Countess. As Figaro and Susanna, Luca Pisaroni and Rosemary Joshua are a truly sparkling couple, while mezzo Angelika Kirchschlager embodies the most divinely troubling of Cherubino.

The exceptional quality of this production, and the great success encountered by its first edition on DVD, inevitably led to the remastering in high-definition of this program, now and for the first time also available on Blu-ray.

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Mozart : Le Nozze di Figaro [DVD & Blu-ray]

Opera in four acts

Music : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Libretto : Lorenzo Da Ponte

Il Conte : Pietro Spagnoli
La Contessa : Annette Dasch
Susanna : Rosemary Joshua
Figaro : Luca Pisaroni
Cherubino : Angelika Kirchschlager
Marcellina : Sophie Pondjiclis
Antonio : Alessandro Svab
Bartolo : Antonio Abete
Don Basilio : Enrico Facini
Barbarina : Pauline Courtin
Don Curzio : Serge Goubioud

Concerto Köln

Conductor : René Jacobs

Chorus of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

Stage direction : Jean-Louis Martinoty

Chorus master : Irene Kudela

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« Jean-Louis Martinoty’s production and the sets are—merciful heavens—firmly rooted in the 18th century, but by no means weighted down by convention. This Count Almaviva is something of an art connoisseur, a point underlined at the start of act III, where he is seen discussing artefacts that have been brought to him for possible purchase. One, an hourglass, will later be examined by the Countess while she sings “Dove sono,” one of many imaginative little touches. The décor is thus dominated by pictures, mainly by lesser-known French 18th-century artists like Outrey, providing considerable flexibility, and working to magical effect in the final act, where Almaviva’s gardens are based on decorative floral designs by Jan van Huysum and others, the translucency of which greatly aid the unraveling of the complexities being played out. The period costumes are equally attractive; richly burnished or muted yellows and browns for the principals, with bright primary colors for the peasant chorus, although my wife took exception to Marcellina’s red and white candy stripes.» – ArkivMusic

Technical informations

HD recording : Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Paris) | 06/2004
TV direction : Pierre Barré
First edition : 2006
New edition : 26 January 2018
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

2 DVD
Reference
: BAC217
Barcode : 3760115302174
Running time : 182 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / GER
Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER / ITA / SPA / KOR / JAP
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

1 BLU-RAY
Reference : BAC517
Barcode : 3760115305175
Running time : 182 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / GER
Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER / ITA / SPA / KOR / JAP
Image : Color, 16/9, Full HD
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
Region code : A, B, C

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