Mozart Album

This compendium of Mozart arias, duets and a trio, some of which have been released before (two of the Magic Flute arias, by Pape and Miklosa, come from the new, complete DG recording under Abbado), seems to have been built around the spectacular new superstar, Anna Netrebko. She sings on six of the 13 tracks. Her Susanna is unaffected but sensual; Elettra’s final rage-aria from Idomeneo is a bit large for her, but she sings it with real passion. The first act Anna-Ottavio duet from Don Giovanni with tenor Christian Strehl is exciting, with both singers giving their all. “La ci darem” with baritone Thomas Quasthoff is alluring. A little duet from Clemenza, with mezzo Elina Garanca (who also sings a fine “Parto, parto” from the same opera) is lovely, and “Zeffiretti lusinghieri” is as smooth as silk. Quasthoff also offer a fine Papageno and Leporello, while Bryn Terfel’s rendition of the Count’s aria from Figaro is big and broad. Terfel, soprano Miah Persson and mezzo Christine Rice end the CD with the “Soave sia il vento” trio from Cosi. –Robert Levine

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Number of Discs: 1

Audio CD (August 8, 2006)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Import
Label: Imports